Academic Staff

AJMAndrew J. May is Professor of History in the School of Historical & Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne, where he has been a faculty member since 2000. As a social historian with broad interests across urban, colonial and imperial history, he has published widely on the social experience and cultures of the city—including Melbourne Street Life (1998), Espresso! Melbourne Coffee Stories (2001), and as co-editor The Encyclopedia of Melbourne (Cambridge University Press, 2005).

Current Research Higher Degree Students

Professor May is available for supervision.

Stephen Bain: “Aboriginal policy in Victoria under the Port Phillip Protectorate”.

s200_nicole.davisNicole Davis: “A fashionable promenade: arcades in Australia in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries”. Website



Ross Karavis: ‘Bon goût in the Antipodes: The impact of the globalisation of French taste on Australian culinary culture 1850 -1914’.

James LeshJames Lesh is an independent researcher and PhD Candidate in the School of Historical & Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne. His PhD dissertation explores the place of heritage in the twentieth-century Australian city. He previously Leshundertook a Master of Arts at Queen Mary University of London, and will be visiting The Menzies Centre for Australian Studies, King’s College London for a year from August 2016. [Web Site:] [Twitter:]


Lauren Piko: ‘Mirroring England? Milton Keynes, decline and British landscape’. Twitter





Henry Reese (supervised by Professor David Goodman): ‘Cultures of sound recording and preservation in and around Australasia in the late nineteenth and early twentieth

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Susan Reidy: ‘Landscapes of virtue and vice: a social history of Australian urban parks 1816-2010’.

Weiyan Sun: ‘Culture, civilisation, and Christianity: ‘Anti-Mission’ in Salisbury’s policy towards India’.

Volkhard Wehner: “Australia-German relations in Victoria between 1850 and 1930, with special reference to the Victorian press’.

Roland S. Wettenhall: ‘The translocation of the English Friendly Society movement to Victoria, 1835-1920’.