I am a cultural historian with an interest in the history of food and drink, women's history and the history of popular culture.
My recent work has focused on the Australian Women's Weekly and its influence on Australian food culture throughout the twentieth century. I am particularly interested in the way that our food habits have been shaped by wider social and cultural forces.
Previously, I have investigated the role of the temperance and trade union movements in the continuation of restrictive liquor legislation in 1940s New South Wales.
I have experience in education, having spent several years teaching secondary school prior to returning to university to complete my Masters and PhD. I believe that history is for everyone, and that there are many lessons to be learned from our past - with that in mind, I try to make my work interesting and accessible.
I have presented at numerous national and international conferences, have been a guest speaker for the History Council of New South Wales, and have been interviewed about my work on ABC radio nationwide.
My publications have ranged from The Conversation to scholarly journals.
I have been the recipient of the Ken Inglis Postgraduate Prize (2018) and received a high commendation in the 2020 Jill Roe Prize. The Ayahs and Amahs online exhibition I curated received the History Council of New South Wales Addi Road Award for Multicultural History in 2022.
As well as my proven historical research skills, I have experience in engaging the audience through public speaking as well as being able to write for a diverse readership. I have experience with digital humanities, including curating online exhibitions and creating websites.
I'm also pretty handy in the kitchen.
Humble Pie, Rich Pickings
Ben Langford, Illawarra Mercury, 2022