PROF Andrew May

PROF Andrew May


  • Cultural Heritage (Material Culture, Intangible Heritage, Heritage Interpretation)
  • Digital Humanities
  • Missionaries and British Imperialism (Missionaries, Colonialism)
  • North-East India (Khasi Hills)
  • Public History
  • Social History
  • Urban History (Cities, Public Space, Social History, Urban History)



  • I am a social historian with expertise across Australian urban history, colonialism in north-east India, and digital techniques in the humanities, with broader critical and applied interests in cultural heritage and public history. As an urban historian I have 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', I guided that project's development from the mid 1990s to its publication by Cambridge University Press in 2005. My interests in multimedia have seen me develop history in new media formats, including Melbourne Podtours (, eGold (, Pathways to the Past (a learning module on using images as historical evidence;, and ongoing development of eMelbourne (the Encyclopedia of Melbourne in online format: As Director of the Melbourne History Workshop (, I oversee a studio-based research collaboratory in the History Program at the University of Melbourne which taps the pooled expertise of staff, research higher degree students and affiliates in order to provide innovative and rigorously-applied historical research, postgraduate training, industry collaboration and community-facing projects. The Workshop’s focus is the exciting synergy between urban history and cultural heritage, and builds on three decades of my teaching, research and engagement in the sector. As part of the Workshop, I produce the regular ‘My Marvellous Melbourne’ podcast ( As a historian of imperialism, I have further and particular interest in aspects of religion, governance, identity and cultural heritage in the Khasi Hills of North-East India, a key contribution to the scholarshi   


Member of

  • Victorian Heritage Council. Historian Member 2015 -
  • Urban History. International Board Member 2013 -
  • European Association for Urban History. International 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

  • Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, 2018
  • 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

  • Y