Professor Susan Broomhall

Started at UWA: 2000

ARC Future Fellow and Professor of History

Assumptions and expectations about gender from the past still shape the world we live in today. The better we understand the role that these play, the more we can create an equitable world and respect a diversity of positions.Professor Susan Broomhall

Professor Susan Broomhall is a historian of early modern Europe who has spent almost two decades working at UWA. Her research explores gender, emotions, science and technologies, knowledge practices, material culture, cultural contact and the heritage of the early modern world.

Professor Broomhall has always been passionate about the past and her research spans many areas within medieval and early modern history. In particular, the experiences of women and the significance of gender in shaping the worlds of men and women has been a key focus. She has been fascinated by the interconnected lives of women and men, their objects and the places they move between.

Professor Broomhall is currently studying the correspondence of sixteenth-century French queen consort and regent, Catherine de Medici, as well as leading a major collaborative project on the role of gender in the key European conflict of the sixteenth century, known as the Italian Wars.


External positions:

  • Editorial Board, Early Modern French Studies
  • Advisory Board, Centre for the Study of Emotions in Cross-Cultural Exchange, Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts
  • Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities


  • BA (Hons) (UWA) 
  • Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies (Univ. François-Rabelais, France)
  • PhD with Distinction (UWA)

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Editor of Parergon, The Journal of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, 2017

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Winner of the UWA Research Award, 2016

Elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, 2012

Early Modern Europe with Professor Broomhall



Australian Research Council Discovery Project

  • ‘Gendering the Italian Wars, 1494-1559’


Australian Research Council Future Fellowship

  • ‘Emotions, power and the correspondence of Catherine de Medici’


ARC Centre of Excellence

  • ‘Centre for the History of Emotions’


More grants and publications



Professor Broomhall’s teaching style is all about sharing stories. She conveys her passion for history while lecturing with enthusiasm and energy. Working with students and answering their questions leads to stimulating thoughts about new possibilities and interpretations. In 2006, she was awarded the Faculty of Arts Excellence in Teaching Award.

Professor Broomhall teaches the following units:

Supervisor opportunities

Professor Broomhall has supervised students on topics as wide-ranging as:

  • Gender in contemporary Indonesia
  •  Medical correspondence in 18th-century France
  • Historiographies of the Black Death
  • The chronicles of medieval political revolt in Wales

If you are interested in pursuing a PhD topic in the area of medieval and early modern studies, contact Professor Broomhall using the details below.

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