Gary Magee is Professor of Economics and Deputy Dean (Research) at Monash Business School.

His undergraduate training was undertaken in Melbourne, where he completed a history degree from Monash University in 1986 and then a first-class honours degree in economics from La Trobe University in 1990. At La Trobe he was a D. M. Myer university medallist. In 1991, he went to the University of Oxford as a Commonwealth Scholar and obtained his doctorate from Nuffield College, Oxford in 1995.

He has held academic positions at the Australian National University, the University of Melbourne, La Trobe University and the University of London and has had visiting fellowships at the University of Oxford, the Russian Academy of Sciences, the China Development Institute, the University of Leeds, and the Center for the History of American Business, Technology and Society in Delaware, USA.

He is a former Director of the Asian Economics Centre at the University of Melbourne, Head of the School of Economics and Finance at La Trobe University, and Associate Dean (Graduate) in the Faculty of Business and Economics at Monash. In 2005, he held an Australian Bicentennial Fellowship from the Menzies Research Centre at the University of London.

He has published widely in the fields of technological change, economic history and industrial development. In 2001, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in the UK in recognition of his work in economic history