HGRC Welcomes New Director Professor Mark Finnane

HGRC Welcomes New Director Professor Mark Finnane

The Harry Gentle Resource Centre welcomes historian and ARC Laureate Fellow Professor Mark Finnane as the new Director from July 2018. Mark is a Professor of History in the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences, Griffith University, and a member of the Griffith Criminology Institute.  He is a Fellow of the Academy of Humanities and Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. Currently, he directs the Prosecution Project, investigating the history of the criminal trial in Australia (https://prosecutionproject.griffith.edu.au/). Mark has published widely on the history of policing, crime, the criminal law, punishment and the social history of mental illness. Dr Yorick Smaal will join Mark in the leadership of the HGRC as Deputy Director. Yorick is Senior Lecturer in the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences and was previously an ARC DECRA Fellow.

Founding Director Professor Regina Ganter left her position at the end of June 2018. We thank Regina for her very significant contribution to the establishment of the HGRC and her leadership throughout the last two years.

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