Professor Marilyn Lake was awarded a Personal Chair in History at La Trobe University in 1994. Since that time she has also held Visiting Professorial Fellowships at Stockholm University, the University of Western Australia, The Australian National University and the University of Sydney. Between 2001 and 2002, she held the Chair in Australian Studies at Harvard University. In 2004, she was awarded a five year ARC Professorial Research Fellowship and in 2008, a Research Fellowship at the Australian Prime Ministers Centre in Canberra.
She has published 12 books and numerous articles and book chapters in Australian and international anthologies, on subjects ranging from labour history to land settlement, sexuality and citizenship, gender and nationalism, feminism and the politics of anti-racism. She has a particular interest in the class, gender and racial dimensions of political history understood in both national and transnational frames of analysis. She has spoken on invitation to symposia and historical conferences in Canada, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Professor Lake is a Fellow of both the Academies of Social Sciences and Humanities, of which she is also a member of Council and International Secretary. She is Vice-President of the Australian Historical Association, a member of the Board of the Victorian Women’s Trust and a Board member of the Sullivan’s Cove Waterfront Authority in Hobart, where she grew up.