Dr James Dunk
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Dr James Dunk

BA (Hons) PhD Sydney
Research Fellow
Department of History
02 9351 2809
A14 - The Quadrangle
The University of Sydney
Dr James Dunk

I am a historian of science and medicine currently working on the way the physical environment has figured in mental health and psychology. I work with scholars in health and medicine to understand how ideas of health are becoming more ecological. My first book, Bedlam at Botany Bay (NewSouth), is a study of mental health in colonial New South Wales, and my edited collection with Barbara Brookes, Knowledge Making: Historians, Archives and Bureaucracy (Routledge) explores the intersection of archives, paperwork, and historical narratives. My articles have appeared in New England Journal of Medicine, Rethinking History, History Australia, and Health and History, and I have written on history, fiction, and film forAustralian Book Review, SL Magazine, The Conversation,andRochford Street Review.

Histories of mental health and madness

The psychologies of the environment

Human ecology

Environmental health

Planetary health

One health

  • HSTY2631 Sin City? A History of Sydney
  • HSTY2304 Imperialism 1815-2000

Australian Historical Association

American Association for the History of Medicine

Australian and New Zealand Society for the History of Medicine (Councillor 2020–21)

Royal Australian Historical Society

History Council of New South Wales

2020 - Shortlisted for the Ernest Scott Prize: Bedlam at Botany Bay

2020 - Shortlisted for the Kay Daniels Award: Bedlam at Botany Bay

2019 - Charles Perkins Centre Award for Politics, Governance and Ethics Research Excellence

2018 - Early Career Mentorship, AHA-Copyright Agency

2016 - Jill Roe Prize, Australian Historical Association

Selected publications


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