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Dr Caitlin Mahar

PhD, University of Melbourne, Australia; MA, Monash University, Australia; BA (Hons), University of Melbourne, Australia


Caitlin is an historian whose research focuses on cultural and medical histories of dying and pain in Britain and Australia. She has a BA (Hons) degree in History and English from the University of Melbourne and a MA in Public History from Monash University. Her 2016 PhD thesis exploring the history of euthanasia won the University of Melbourne’s Dennis-Wettenhall Prize for Australian History. Prior to joining Swinburne she taught literature in the Trinity College Foundation Studies program and worked as a researcher in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne. She convenes HIS30002 Gender and History and HIS10005 Movements for Social Change.

Research interests

History; Euthanasia; Palliative Medicine; Dying; Pain

Fields of Research

  • Historical Studies - 430300

Teaching areas



  • 2023, National, Shortlisted EPAA Scholarly Book of the Year, Educational Publishing Australia
  • 2018, National, Early Career Mentorship, AHA-Copyright Agency
  • 2016, Other, Dennis-Wettenhall Prize, University of Melbourne
  • 2015, International, ANZSHM Ben Haneman Memorial Prize, Australian and New Zealand Society of the History of Medicine
  • 2012, International, Roy Porter Essay Prize, Society for the Social History of Medicine, UK

Professional memberships

  • 2013 (current): Member, Australian Historical Association, Australia
  • 2009 (current): Member, PHA (Vic & Tas), Australia
  • 2012 (current): Member, Australian and New Zealand Society of the History of Medicine, Asia/Pacific