Historian and writer, Alison Bashford is the Vere Harmsworth Professor of Imperial and Naval History at the University of Cambridge, and Fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge. Her books bring together the history of science, global history, and environmental history into new assessments of the modern world, from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries. Her most recent book is The New Worlds of Thomas Robert Malthus, coauthored with Joyce E. Chaplin, and published with Princeton University Press (2016).
Born in Sydney in 1963, Alison Bashford was educated at the University of Sydney, where she was awarded the University Medal in 1990. For nearly twenty years she taught and researched from her Sydney base, taking regular visiting fellowships in the United Kingdom. In 2009 she was the Whitlam and Fraser Chair of Australian Studies at Harvard University. In 2013 Alison Bashford joined the University of Cambridge as Vere Harmsworth Professor of Imperial and Naval History, succeeding Professor Sir Christopher Bayly.
Alison Bashford is Trustee of Royal Museums Greenwich. She is fellow of the Royal Historical Society and of the Australian Academy of Humanities. Bashford sits on the Advisory Board of the Menzies Centre of Australian Studies, King’s College London and the Harvard Australian Studies Committee. With David Armitage and Sujit Sivasundaram she is founding co-editor of the series Cambridge Oceanic Histories.