PROF Andrew May

PROF Andrew May


  • Material Culture
  • Missionaries and British Imperialism (Missionaries, Colonialism)
  • Public History
  • Social History
  • Urban History (Cities, Public Space, Social History, Urban History)



  • Andrew May is a social historian with broad interests across urban, colonial and imperial history. As an urban historian he has published widely on the social experience of the Australian city, its public spaces and communal rituals, its suburban qualities, and its cosmopolitan cultures. As Director of The Encyclopedia of Melbourne, he guided that project's development from the mid 1990s to its publication by Cambridge University Press in 2005. His interests in multimedia have seen him involved in the development of history in new media formats, including Melbourne Podtours, eGold, Pathways to the Past (a learning module on using images as historical evidence), and eMelbourne (the Encyclopedia of Melbourne in online format). As a historian of imperialism, he also has a particular interest in imperial networks of science, religion and governance. His latest book "Welsh missionaries and British imperialism: The empire of clouds in north-east India" was published by Manchester University Press in 2012. He has served on advisory committees of the National Trust, City of Melbourne, Public Record Office Victoria, Heritage Victoria, State Library of Victoria, Melbourne Immigration Museum, Royal Historical Society of Victoria, Melbourne Museum, and the National Archives of Australia. He currently serves on the executive of the Australian Historical Association, and is a Board Member of Australian Historical Studies. In 2006 he was awarded the 'Individual Contribution to Profile' award in the City of Melbourne's 'Melbourne Awards'.   


Member of

  • Urban History. International Board Member 2013 -
  • European Association for Urban History. International Committee member 2012 -
  • Victoria Public Records Advisory Committee. Member 2012 -
  • H-URBAN. Board Member 2011 -
  • ANZDEG. Member 2006 -
  • Australian Historical Association. Executive Member and Treasurer 2004 -


Selected publications


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Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 1994

Awards and honors

  • Not in List, 2013
  • City of Melbourne - Melbourne Award for Individual Contribution to City Profile, 2006
  • Arts Faculty - Dean's Teaching Award, 2004
  • Victorian Government - Victorian Community and Local History Award, 1999
  • Australian Historical Association - Prize for Australian History, 1996
  • Urban History Association (USA) - Best Dissertation in Urban History, 1996
  • Urban History (UK) - H.J.Dyos Prize for best article, 1995



Available for supervision

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