Professor Stephen Garton was appointed as the Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sydney in August 2009.
He is a graduate of the University of Sydney (BA) and the University of NSW (PhD) and is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and the Royal Australian Historical Society.
Together with the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Garton is responsible for the general management of the University of Sydney, provides strategic leadership for the delivery of the academic programs of the University, is responsible for the general performance of the faculties, and oversees the conduct, coordination and quality of the programs and the planning of their future development.
Professor Garton’s area of research expertise is Australian history, although he has also published extensively in the fields of American and British history, and the history of psychiatry, crime, poverty, social policy, eugenics, policing, masculinity and returned soldiers. More recently he has published on the history of parole in the American South and the emergence of criminal psychiatry in New York State.
Professor Garton has been a member of the Editorial Board of the Australian Dictionary of Biography, the Executive Committee of the Australian Historical Association and on the Council of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.
He was a Steering Committee member on the Mapping the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences in Australia project and in 2009 was the National Academies Forum (NAF) representative on the Research Workforce Strategy Reference Group, a high-level reference group formed to advise the then Government on higher degree HDR training.