Staff profile

Dr Benjamin

Dr Benjamin Mountford

David Myers Research Fellow in History

College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce

Humanities and Social Sciences

Department of Archaeology and History

Arts Building, Level 2, Bendigo


BA (UWA) BA Hons (Melb) Grad Dip Ed (UWA) DPhil (Oxon)



Membership of professional associations

Australian Historical Association, British Scholar Society, Sudbury Oxford Transnational History Foundation

Area of study


Brief profile

Dr Ben Mountford is a David Myers Research Fellow in History. Ben joined La Trobe in January 2017. His research focuses on Global and Imperial History, Modern British History, and Australian History. His first book, Britain, China, & Colonial Australia  - on the coming together of the British and Chinese Empires in colonial Australia - was published by Oxford University Press in 2016.

From 2008-15 Ben was at Oxford, where he was a Rae and Edith Bennett Travelling Scholar, a Beit Scholar in Commonwealth and Imperial History, a Research Associate at the Oxford Centre for Global History, and the first Michael Brock Junior Research Fellow in Modern British History. He is a co-founder and convener of the Oxford Transnational and Global History Research Seminar and a life member of the Senior Common Room at Corpus Christi College, Oxford. Ben has held lectureships in Modern History at the University of Buckingham and Federation University Australia.

Before returning home to Australia in late-2015, Ben was a visiting fellow at the Huntington Library, San Marino. He is now based in Bendigo and Ballarat, two of the regional centres at the heart of Australia's gold rush history - which is the focus of his next major research project.