Steven Anderson

Steven Anderson
School of Humanities
Faculty of Arts

Dr Steven Anderson is a lecturer in the History Department at The University of Adelaide. As an historian with a speciality in Australia, he engages with issues of frontier violence, legal reform, cultural shifts, the history of emotions, and the sociology of penal change.

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Steven Anderson

Dr Steven Anderson is a lecturer in the History Department at The University of Adelaide. As an historian with a speciality in Australia, he engages with issues of frontier violence, legal reform, cultural shifts, the history of emotions, and the sociology of penal change.

My research investigates the history of capital punishment in colonial Australia with a specific focus on the transition from public to private executions that occurred during the 1850s. My recently completed PhD was awarded the Dean’s Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence and I have publications that appear in the Journal of Australian Colonial History, the Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society, and Aboriginal History. I have presented my research to academic conferences at The University of Sydney, The University of Queensland, The University of Otago, and The University of Adelaide.

I am actively engaged in disseminating my research to non-academic audiences. I have given extended interviews about historical topics to national television audiences (ABCTV) and on local radio stations (FIVEaa and ABC891). I have also given public lectures and talks at the National Library of Australia, Adelaide City Library and at events facilitated by the History Trust of South Australia (such as their ‘Talking History’ series and for ‘History Month’).

I have been awarded the following prizes and awards for my research:

Dean’s Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence (2016): A prize awarded by the Dean of Graduate Studies at The University of Adelaide for a PhD thesis of outstanding quality - indicated as such by both examiners.

Ken Inglis Prize (Runner Up - 2014): A prize organised by the Editorial Board of Australian Historical Studies for the best paper presented by a postgraduate at the annual Australian Historical Association conference.

Lynda Tapp Prize in Honours History (2010): For the best thesis submitted at The University of Adelaide at Honours level.

Tinline Scholarship for History (2010): Awarded to the student who achieves the highest overall result in the History Honours program at The University of Adelaide.

George Cockburn Henderson History Prize (2008): For the best essay in an advanced level history course at the University of Adelaide.

The Wakefield Companion to South Australian History Prize (2008): For the best essay by an Undergraduate or Honours student for a topic relating to South Australia.

Appointments

Date Position Institution name
2017 Lecturer The University of Adelaide

Journals

Year Citation
2015 Anderson, S. (2015). Punishment as pacification: The role of Indigenous executions on the South Australian frontier, 1836–1862. Aboriginal History Journal, 39, 3-26. 10.22459/AH.39.2015.01
2014 Anderson, S. & Sendziuk, P. J. (2014). Hang the convicts: capital punishment and the reaffirmation of South Australia's foundation principles. Journal of Australian Colonial History, 16, 93-110.
2013 Anderson, S. (2013). The Accidental Suffragist from Australia: Muriel Matters and the Political Advancement of British Women. The Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society, 99, 1, 36-54.

‘Interdisciplinary Approaches to Law, History and the Emotions’ PATS Bursary (2016): A competitive bursary to attend the Postgraduate Advanced Training Seminar (PATS) at the 'Emotions in Legal Practices' conference held at the University of Sydney in 2016.

Australian Postgraduate Award (2011-2015): A Commonwealth Government financial award to complete higher degree research at an Australian university.

National Library of Australia’s Norman McCann Summer Scholarship (2013): A six-week scholarship with the National Library of Australia in Canberra with privileged access to the collections and staff expertise. 

Humanities and Social Sciences Publication Award Scheme (2012): A Financial reward for postgraduates at The University of Adelaide who have published a journal article, book chapter or monograph.

Australian Historical Association/Copyright Agency Limited Travel and Writing Bursary (2012): A competitive bursary to attend the Australian Historical Association’s Annual Conference held at The University of Adelaide in 2012.  

Since 2013 I have lectured, convened, and/or tutored in a variety of university-level history subjects. In student evaluations of my teaching I am frequently complimented on my approachable style, clear explanations, and ability to engage all students in class discussions. I am currently a member of the History Department’s Teaching and Learning Committee and have been actively engaged in researching and developing rubrics to use in undergraduate courses.

Lecturer and Course Convenor: A History of Crime and Punishment in Europe and England (Level 2)

Guest Lecturer: Australia and the World (Level 2) – ‘The History Wars’

Tutor: Empires in World History (Level 1), Australia and the World (Level 2), Colonial Australia: Conflict and Consensus (Level 2), A History of Crime and Punishment in Europe and England (Level 2)

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