Susan Broomhall

Diploma in Arts (Korean Studies) W.Aust., Professor

  • The University of Western Australia (M204), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Susan Broomhall is an Honorary Fellow and former Professor of History at The University of Western Australia. Her research explores women and gender; emotions; science, technologies, and natural world knowledge practices; material culture; cultural contact and global encounters; and the heritage of the early modern world.

Roles and responsibilities

Series Editor of "Gender and Power in the Premodern World", published by ARC Humanities Press.

Series Editor of "Early European Research", published by Brepols.

Advisory Board, Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions

Advisory Board, Centre for the Study of Emotions in Cross-Cultural Exchange, Croatia

Advisory Board, Pakistan Journal of Historical Studies (Indiana UP)

Editorial Board, Early Modern French Studies (Taylor & Francis)

Advisory Board, Limina: A Journal of Historical and Cultural Studies (online)

Editorial Board, Disaster Studies: Historical and Cultural Perspectives (Amsterdam University Press)

Current projects

Foundation Chief Investigator, Korea Research Centre (Academy of Korean Studies, 2020-2025) With Joanna Elfving-Hwang, Sam Han and Nicola Fraschini.

International Observer, 'People in Motion: Entangled Histories of Displacement Across the Mediterranean, 1492-1923' (EU COST Action, 2019-2022), led by Giovanni Tarantino (University of Florence)

Advisory Group, 'Writing Doctors: Representation and Medical Personality, ca. 1660-1832' (Leverhulme Trust, 2019-2021), led by Clark Lawlor and Allan Ingram (Northumbria)

Chief Investigator 1, "Gendering the Italian Wars, 1494-1559" (Australian Research Council Discovery Project, 2018-2020) With Carolyn James and Lisa Mansfield


Forthcoming research:

Broomhall, Susan, Carolyn James and Lisa Mansfield. Gendering the Italian Wars, in development.

Broomhall, Susan, Gender, agency, transformation: Narratives of Korean women, 1560-1660, ARC Humanities Press, contracted.

Broomhall, Susan and James Daybell, Glove Cultures in Early Modern England, Amsterdam UP, contracted.

Broomhall, Susan. "Early modern histories of fire on the Australian continent,' English Historical Review, forthcoming.

Broomhall, Susan. Gender and the Dutch East India Company, Amsterdam UP, contracted.

Broomhall, Susan. The Identities of Catherine de' Medici, Brill, 2021.


Susan Broomhall is a historian of early modern Europe whose research explores gender, emotions, science and technologies, natural world knowledge practices, material culture, cultural contact and the heritage of the early modern world.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research expertise keywords

  • Early modern history
  • Women's history
  • Global history
  • Emotions in history
  • History of science, medicine and environment
  • Women's writing and publication
  • Material culture history


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