Lisa Ford

Professor

Professor Ford's research centres on ideas and practices of order in the post-1763 British Empire and the early national United States.

Ford’s prize-winning first book, Settler Sovereignty (Harvard UP, 2010), explains how and why North American and Australasian settler polities defined their sovereignty against Indigenous jurisdictions after 1800. Her second book, Rage for Order (Harvard UP, 2016), co-authored with Professor Lauren Benton, explores the constitutive intersections among imperial legal reform, international law and global order in the early nineteenth century. Her third book, The King's Peace, shows how conflicts about peacekeeping in the British Empire from 1763-1840 produced new and contested understandings of the imperial constitution (in press, Harvard UP, 2021). 

With colleagues, Ford is currently undertaking a pan-imperial study of commissions of legal inquiry which visited nearly every British colony between 1817 and 1840. This project will also test the value of corpus linguistics analysis in understanding shifts in bureaucratic legal language in empire. She has also commenced a four-year Future Fellowship exploring the shifting legal parameters and increasing use of martial law in British Colonies in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and is co-editing the Cambridge Legal History of Australia, a volume which aims to place encounters between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and settler law at the centre of Australian legal history.  

Professor Ford received the 2012 Max Crawford Award, recognising 'outstanding achievement in the humanities by young Australian scholars... whose publications contribute towards an understanding of their discipline by the general public.' Her work has been funded by four major ARC grants: DP110103832, Convicts, Empire and Order (2011-2013); DE120100593, Protecting the Peace (2012-2017); DP180100537, Inquiring into Empire (2018-2022); and FT190100232, Empire of Emergency (2020-2024).

 

Journal articles
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Parkinson N; Doherty S; Ford L, 2021, 'A Commissioner’s Day: Quantitative approaches to the study of evidence in royal commissions of inquiry', Digital Scholarship in the Humanities, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/llc/fqab027
2021
Doherty S; Ford L; McKenzie K; Parkinson N; Roberts D; Halliday P; Laidlaw Z; Lester A; Stern P, 2021, 'Inquiring into the corpus of empire', Journal of World History: official journal of the World History Association, vol. 32
2021
Ford L, 2020, 'Hannah Weiss Muller. Subjects and Sovereign: Bonds of Belonging in the Eighteenth-Century British Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 2017. Pp. 344. $78.00 (cloth).', Journal of British Studies, vol. 59, pp. 906 - 908, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/jbr.2020.109
2020
Ford L; Roberts DA, 2020, 'The Convict Peace: The Imperial Context of the 1833 Convict Revolt at Castle Forbes', The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03086534.2020.1848401
2020
Roberts DA; Ford L, 2019, 'Editorial', Australian Historical Studies, vol. 50, pp. 283 - 284, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1031461x.2019.1629358
2019
Ford L, 2019, 'Old histories and weak states: a reflection on ‘Thinking the Empire Whole’', History Australia, vol. 16, pp. 646 - 650, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14490854.2019.1670696
2019
Benton L; Ford L, 2018, 'Island Despotism: Trinidad, the British Imperial Constitution and Global Legal Order', Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, vol. 46, pp. 21 - 46, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03086534.2017.1379671
2018
Ford L; Roberts DA, 2016, '‘Mr Peel’s Amendments’ in New South Wales: Imperial criminal reform in a distant penal colony', Journal of Legal History, vol. 37, pp. 198 - 214, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01440365.2016.1191591
2016
Booth K; Ford L, 2016, 'Ross v Chambers: Assimilation law and policy in the Northern Territory', Aboriginal History, vol. 40, pp. 3 - 25, http://press-files.anu.edu.au/downloads/press/n2179/pdf/article01.pdf
2016
Ford L; Roberts D, 2015, '"Legal Change, Convict Activism and the Reform of Penal Relocation in Colonial New South Wales: The Port Macquarie Penal Settlement, 1822–26"', Australian Historical Studies, vol. 46, pp. 174 - 190, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1031461X.2015.1037319
2015
Ford L; Roberts DA, 2014, 'New South Wales penal settlements and the transformation of secondary punishment in the nineteenth-century British Empire', Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History, vol. 15, pp. n/a, http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/cch.2014.0038
2014
Ford L, 2014, 'Antislavery and the Reconstitution of Empire', Australian Historical Studies, vol. 45, pp. 71 - 86, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1031461X.2013.877502
2014
Brawley SS; Clark J; Dixon C; Grolman L; Ross S; Upton SI; Ford L, 2011, 'Applying standards to tertiary-level history: Policy, challenges and the After Standards project', History Australia, vol. 8, pp. 177 - 194, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14490854.2011.11668394
2011
Ford L, 2011, 'Thinking big about New South Wales history: colonial law in global perspective.', Australian Bar Review, vol. 34, pp. 204 - 213
2011
Ford L, 2008, 'Indigenous Policy and its Historical Occlusions: The North American and Global Contexts of Australian Settlement', Australian Indigenous Law Review, vol. 12, pp. 69 - 80
2008
Ford L; Salter B, 2008, 'From Pluralism to Territorial Sovereignty: The 1816 Trial of Mow-watty in the Superior Court of New South Wales', Indigenous Law Journal, vol. 7, pp. 67 - 86
2008
Ford L, 2006, 'Empire and Order on the Colonial Frontiers of Georgia and New South Wales', Itinerario: journal on the history of European expansion and global interaction, vol. 3, pp. 95 - 113
2006
Ford L, 1999, 'Heroes, Villains and Wicked Priests: Authority and Story in the Histories of Simon Schama', Clio - a Journal of Literature History and the Philosophy of History, vol. 29, pp. 23 - 46
1999
Books
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Ford L, 2021, The King's Peace: Law and Order in the British Empire
2021
Benton L; Ford L, 2016, Rage for Order: The British Empire and the Origins of International Law, 1800-1850, Harvard University Press
2016
Ford L, 2013, Between Indigenous and Settler Governance, Ford L; Rowse T, (ed.), Routledge, London, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780203085028
2013
Ford L, 2010, Settler Sovereignty: Jurisdiction and Indigenous People in America and Australia, 1788-1836, 1, Havard University Press, Cambridge, MA
2010
Book Chapters
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Benton L; Ford L, 2020, 'Legal Panics, Fast and Slow: Slavery and the Constitution of Empire', in Edelstein D; Geroulanos S; Wheatley N (ed.), Power and Time Temporalities in Conflict and the Making of History, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, pp. 295 - 316
2020
Ford L, 2017, 'Protecting the Peace on the Edges of Empire: Commissioners of Crown Lands in New South Wales', in Protection and Empire: A Global History, Cambridge University Press, pp. 175 - 193
2017
Ford L, 2014, 'Law', in Armitage D; Bashford A (ed.), Pacific Histories: Ocean, Land, People, edn. Original, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke and New York, http://www.palgrave.com/page/detail/pacific-histories-david-armitage/?K=9781137001658
2014
McHugh P; Ford L, 2013, 'Settler Sovereignty and the Shapeshifting Crown', in Ford L; Rowse T (ed.), Between Indigenous and Settler Governance, Routledge, London, pp. 23 - 34, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000348600500003&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a
2013
Ford L, 2013, 'Locating Indigenous Self-Determination in the Margins of Settler Sovereignty: An Introduction', in Ford L; Rowse T (ed.), Between Indigenous and Settler Governance, Routledge, London, pp. 1 - 11, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000348600500001&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a
2013
Roberts D; Ford L, 2013, 'Expansion, 1820-1850', in Macintyre ABS (ed.), The Cambridge History of Australia : Volume 1 Indigenous and Colonial Australia, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne, pp. 121 - 148, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/CHO9781107445758.009
2013
Benton L; Ford L, 2013, 'Magistrates in Empire: Convicts, Slaves, and the Remaking of the Plural Order in the British Empire', in Legal Pluralism and Empires, 1500-1850, edn. Original, New York University Press, New York and London, pp. 173 - 198, https://nyupress.org/books/book-details.aspx?bookId=10774
2013
Ford L, 2010, 'The Pig and the Peace: Transposing Order in Early Sydney', in Dorsett S; Hunter I (ed.), Law and Politics and British Colonial Thought: Transpositions of Empire, edn. Original, Palgrave Macmillan, New York, pp. 169 - 186
2010
Ford L, 2009, 'Before Settler Sovereignty and After Aboriginal Sovereignty: New South Wales in Global Perspective', in Attwood B; Griffiths T (ed.), Frontier, Race, Nation: Henry Reynolds and Australian History, edn. 1, Australian Scholarly Publishing, North Melbourne, pp. 185 - 208
2009

2014-2015: Slavery and Freedom
2010-11: Australia: Protest & Memory
2009-11: Introduction to History: The Big Picture (World History)
2009: Winners & Losers: Welfare & Poverty in Australian History