Ruth Morgan is an environmental historian and historian of science with a particular focus on Australia, the British Empire, and the Indian Ocean. Most recently, she has co-edited a themed issue of the International Review of Environmental History, titled ‘Bodies of Knowledge‘.
Ruth holds an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award and is a Senior Research Fellow in History. During 2017, Ruth was based in Munich, Germany at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, LMU, where she held a Humboldt Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship.
She joined Monash in mid-2012 after completing her doctoral studies at The University of Western Australia in Perth.
Ruth is a member of the Executive Committee of the Australian Historical Association and the National Management Committee of the Australian Garden History Society. She is also Treasurer of the International Water History Association, Vice President of the International Commission on the History of Meteorology, and a member of the Monash Climate Change Communication Research Hub.
Her first monograph, Running Out? Water in Western Australia, was launched by former WA Greens Senator, Scott Ludlam, in the gardens of UWA Publishing in February 2015.
In 2016, Running Out? was awarded the State Library of Western Australia Prize for Western Australian History at the WA Premier’s Book Awards, and was runner-up for the W.K. Hancock Prize of the Australian Historical Association.
Further information about her research activities can be found on her website.
I have taught across all undergraduate levels in the areas of Australian history and historiography, twentieth century world history, research methods and writing, and global environmental history.
I welcome the opportunity to supervise Honours and postgraduate research in the areas of environmental history, urban history, rural history, and the history of science. I am especially interested in topics relating to Australia, its connections with the wider world, and the means by which these connections were developed. These connections might involve people and ideas, commodities and resources, or plants, animals and microbes, across all sorts of terrains, climates, and spaces from the eighteenth century to the present. I am also interested in how these stories might be shared beyond the academy, and the possibilities that public history offers for communicating narratives of environmental change.
I currently co-supervise Joanna Lee, who is researching the environmental history of British Malaya, and Phoebe Tang, who is undertaking a comparative history of water management in Hong Kong and Melbourne since the 1800s.