Researcher

Professor Lisa Ford

Fields of Research (FoR)

Historical studies

Biography

A graduate of Columbia University in New York, Professor Ford is a legal historian whose work centres on ideas and practices of order in the post-1763 British Empire and the early national United States. She is the author of three monographs: the multiple prize-winning Settler Sovereignty: Jurisdiction and Indigenous People in America and Australia, 1788-1836 (Harvard UP, 2010); Rage for Order: The British Empire and the Origins of...view more

A graduate of Columbia University in New York, Professor Ford is a legal historian whose work centres on ideas and practices of order in the post-1763 British Empire and the early national United States. She is the author of three monographs: the multiple prize-winning Settler Sovereignty: Jurisdiction and Indigenous People in America and Australia, 1788-1836 (Harvard UP, 2010); Rage for Order: The British Empire and the Origins of International Law, 1800-1850 (Harvard UP, 2016), co-authored with Professor Lauren Benton; and The King's Peace: Law and Order in the British Empire (Harvard UP, 2021). Professor Ford has also co-edited two books: with Tim Rowse, Between Indigenous and Settler Governance (Routledge 2013); and with Peter Cane and Mark McMillan, The Cambridge Legal History of Australia (Cambridge UP, forthcoming).

She is currently working on two ARC-funded projects: a collaborative study of British Imperial Commissions of Inquiry, from 1819-1840 (DP180100537) and a pan-imperial study of declarations of martial law, 1700-1900 (FT190100232).


My Grants

  • FT190100232, Empire of Emergency (2020-2024) (future fellow), a study of martial law in the British Empire from 1700-1900
  • DP180100537, Inquiring into Empire (2018-2022) (lead CI), a study of the colonial commissions of inquiry that remade the British Empire after the Napoleonic Wars, 1819-1840
  • DE120100593, Protecting the Peace (2012-2017) (DECRA fellow), a study of protection and legal reform in the British Empire, 1800-1840
  • DP110103832, Convicts, Empire and Order (2011-2013) (sole CI), a study of peace keeping and everyday ordering in the British Empire, 1760-1840
  • LE180100048, Foundations of the Common Law Library (Austlii, 2018)
  • LE150100051, The Australasian Legal History Libraries, Stage II (Austlii, 2015)
  • LE120100062, The Australian Legal History Library (Austlii, 2012)
  • Australian Learning and Teaching Council, After Standards: The Future of History (2011-2012)

My Qualifications

BA(Hons 1)/LLB(Hons 1)/MA (UQ), MA, MPhil, PhD (Columbia)


My Awards

  • The Crawford Medal for Outstanding Contribution to the Humanities by an Early Career Scholar (2012)
  • The Littleton-Griswold Prize awarded by the American Historical Association for the best book in any subject on the history of American Law and Society (2010)
  • The New South Wales Premier's History Award (General category) (2010)
  • The Thomas J. Wilson Prize for the best first book manuscript in any field to be published by Harvard University Press (2008)
  • The Bancroft Dissertation Prize for the best American Studies Dissertation submitted to Columbia University in 2007 (2008)

My Teaching

2014-2015: Slavery and Freedom
2010-11: Australia: Protest & Memory
2009-11: Introduction to History: The Big Picture (World History)
2009: Winners & Losers: Welfare & Poverty in Australian History

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Location

349 Morven Brown

Contact

+61 2 9385 3669