Position

Senior Lecturer
Women's Studies

Biography

Heather Brook started her BA as a part-time, slightly mature-aged student at Adelaide University. She graduated with an Honours degree in Politics, securing several prizes for being the top student in her year. She was awarded a PhD in Politics from the Australian National University in 2000, and started work in Women's Studies at Flinders in the same year.

She has a fat, funny cat and enjoys sport and fitness activities (especially slow distance running), and plays the viola (fairly badly) in a half-string-quartet with her friend Kate.

Qualifications

PhD (Politics) Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University  (2000)
BA (Hons) Politics, Adelaide University 1995

Key responsibilities

Co-ordinator, First Year Studies, School of Social & Policy Studies;
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Women's Studies.

Teaching interests

Dr Brook is First-Year Coordinator in the School of Social & Policy Studies. She was awarded the Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2010, and regularly contributes to teaching and learning initiatives and research.

Topic Coordinator:

Topic Lecturer:

Research expertise

  • Women's Studies

Research interests

Dr Brook's research interests lie at the intersection of regulation, embodiment, subjectivities and power relations.
Her primary research field is conjugality, or the study of marriage and marriage-like relationships, to which she brings interests in sociology, history, law and politics. Her new book, Conjugality, is in press with Palgrave Macmillan, and complements her earlier book Conjugal Rites (2007).

She has many research interests, including gender (in general); heterosexuality and heteronormativity; embodiment (including health and illness); film studies (especially feminist film and media studies), social theory (especially feminist theory), prisons, illicit drug use, education and pedagogy.

Dr Brook is currently co-authoring a new book (with Chris Beasley) on the cultural politics of mainstream Hollywood movies.

Supervisory interests

  • Consumption and culture
  • Feminist theory
  • Gender and cinema
  • Marriage and intimate relationships

RHD research supervision

Current

Principal supervisor : Feminism; romantic love; history (1) ; Feminist theory; crip theory; queer theory; disabilities & sexualities (1) ;

Associate supervisor : Politics; leadership; Mauritius (1) ; Prisoners and ex-prisoners; photography; autoethnography (1) ; Violence against women; Islam; Indonesia (1) ;

Completion

Associate supervisor : Violence against women; Indonesia (1) ; Birthing; labour; archaeology (1) ; Indigenous education; epistemology; racism (1) ;

Publications

  • Brook, H.J. (2015). Engaging marriage: rom coms and fairytale endings. In Luke Hockley and Nadi Fadinia, ed. The Happiness Illusion: How the Media Sold Us a Fairytale. London, United Kingdom: Routledge, pp. 145-161.
  • Dunk-West, P.M. and Brook, H.J. (2015). Sexuality. In Diane Richardson and Victoria Robinson, ed. Introducing Gender and Women's Studies. 4th ed. London, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Brook, H.J. and Michell, D.E. (2014). Knowing Students. In Heather Brook, Deane Fergie, Michael Maeorg, Dee Michell, ed. Universities in Transition. Adelaide, South Australia: University of Adelaide Press, pp. 229-244.
  • Brook, H.J. (2011). "Die, Bridezilla, Die!": Bride Wars (2009), Wedding Envy, and Chick Flicks. In Hilary Radner and Rebecca Stringer, ed. Feminism at the Movies: Understanding gender in contemporary popular cinema. London, UK: Routledge, pp. 227-240.
    [Scopus]
  • Brook, H.J. (2007). Marriage. In Michael Flood, Judith Kegan Gardiner, Bob Pease, Keith Pringle, ed. International Encyclopedia of Men and Masculinities. Oxton, UK: Routledge, pp. 381-385.
  • Brook, H.J. and Sawer, M. (2001). Politics and the State: Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. In Spender, D; Kramerae, C, ed. The International Encyclopedia of Women. New York, USA: Routledge.
  • Brook, H.J. (2015). Conjugality: marriage and marriage-like relationships before the law. Second edition ed. New York, United States of America: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Brook, H.J. (Ed.). (2014). Universities in Transition. Adelaide: University of Adelaide Press.
  • Beasley, C., Brook, H. and Holmes, M. (2012). Heterosexuality in Theory and Practice. 1st ed. New York, USA: Routledge.
    [Scopus]
  • Brook, H.J. (2007). Conjugal Rites: Marriage & marriage-like relationships before the law. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Brook, H. (2011). Transforming teaching. Transformations: 6th ERGA conference. Sep 2011.
  • Brook, H.J., Mulholland, M.A., Beasley, C. and Holmes, M.E. (2015). Introduction to the special section: Challenging heterodoxies. Sexualities, 18(5-6) pp. 645-648.
    [10.1177/1363460714561717] [Scopus] [Web Link]
  • Brook, H. (2014). Relationship status? It's complicated. Australian Review of Public Affairs, March pp. 1.
    [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Holmes, M.E., Beasley, C. and Brook, H.J. (2011). Guest Editorial: Heterosexuality. Australian Feminist Studies, 26(67) pp. 3-7.
    [10.1080/08164649.2011.546324] [Scopus]
  • Brook, H.J. (2011). Preparation and aspiration: access to higher education for working class students. Australian Universities' Review, 53(1) pp. 84-88.
    [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Brook, H.J. and Michell, D. (2010). Working-class intellectuals:(Oxy) moronic Professors and Educational Equality (A Response to Ken Oldfield, A& S, 41, 1016-1038) Administration and Society, 42(3) pp. 368-372.
    [10.1177/0095399710371641] [Scopus]
  • Brook, H.J. (2009). Reviews. Australian Feminist Studies, 24(60) pp. 296-297.
    [10.1080/08164640902852514] [Scopus]
  • Brook, H.J. (2004). 'Feminism, the family, and the politics of the closet:: lesbian and gay displacement', by Cheshire Calhoun (Review) Feminist Theory, 5(1) pp. 104-105.
    [10.1177/1464700104040819]
  • Brook, H.J. (2001). Review, Barbara Denton, Dealing: Women in the Drug Economy. Australian Feminist Studies, 16(36) pp. 377-378.
  • Heath, M.A., Davies, M.J. and Brook, H.J. (2003). Removing Legislative Discrimination Against Same-Sex Couples, pp. 10.
  • Heath, M.A., Brook, H.J. and Davies, M.J. (2003). Response to 'Removing legislative discrimination against same-sex couples: discussion paper '
    [Web Link]
  • Rozengarten, T. and Brook, H.J. (2016). No pity fucks please: a critique of Scarlet Road's campaign to improve disabled people's access to paid sex services' Outskirts, 34 pp. 1-21.
    [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Rozengarten, T. and Brook, H.J. (2016). No pity fucks please: a critique of Scarlet Road's campaign to improve disabled people's access to paid sex services. Outskirts, 34 pp. 1-21.
    [Web Link]
  • Brook, H.J. (2015). Bros before Ho(mo)s: Hollywood Bromance and the Limits of Heterodoxy. Men and Masculinities, 18(2) pp. 249-266.
    [10.1177/1097184X15584913] [Scopus]
  • Brook, H. (2014). Zombie Law: Conjugality, Annulment, and the (Married) Living Dead. Feminist Legal Studies, 22(1) pp. 49-66.
    [10.1007/s10691-013-9246-9] [Scopus]
  • Brook, H. and Michell, D. (2012). Learners, learning, learned: class, higher education, and autobiographical essays from working-class academics. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 34(6) pp. 587-599.
    [10.1080/1360080X.2012.716021] [Scopus]
  • Brook, H.J. (2010). Choosing using : drug policy, consumer culture and 'junkie' manquees. Cultural Studies, 24(1) pp. 95-109.
    [10.1080/09502380903024123] [Scopus]
  • Brook, H.J. (2009). Dark tourism. Law Text Culture, 13 pp. 260-272.
    [Web Link]
  • Brook, H.J. (2008). Feed your face. Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, 22(1) pp. 141-157.
    [10.1080/10304310701750866] [Scopus]
  • Brook, H.J. (2005). Gender studies casts off. Australian Feminist Studies, 20(47) pp. 255-263.
    [10.1080/08164640500090459] [Scopus]
  • Brook, H.J. and Stringer, R. (2005). Users, using, used : a beginner's guide to deconstructing drugs discourse. International Journal of Drug Policy, 16(5) pp. 316-325.
    [10.1016/j.drugpo.2005.05.002] [Scopus]
  • Brook, H.J. (2004). Just married? Adversarial divorce and the conjugal body politic. Feminism and Psychology, 14(1) pp. 81-99.
    [10.1177/0959353504040306] [Scopus]
  • Brook, H.J. (2002). Stalemate: rethinking the politics of marriage. Feminist Theory, 3(1) pp. 45-66.
    [10.1177/1460012002003001065]
  • Brook, H.J. (2002). Governing failure: politics, heroin, families. International Journal of Drug Policy, 13(3) pp. 171-180.
    [10.1016/S0955-3959(02)00069-5] [Scopus]
  • Brook, H.J. (2015). Conjugality: marriage and marriage-like relationships before the law. Second edition ed. New York, United States of America: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Beasley, C., Brook, H. and Holmes, M. (2012). Heterosexuality in Theory and Practice. 1st ed. New York, USA: Routledge.
    [Scopus]
  • Brook, H.J. (2007). Conjugal Rites: Marriage & marriage-like relationships before the law. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Brook, H.J. (2015). Engaging marriage: rom coms and fairytale endings. In Luke Hockley and Nadi Fadinia, ed. The Happiness Illusion: How the Media Sold Us a Fairytale. London, United Kingdom: Routledge, pp. 145-161.
  • Brook, H.J. and Michell, D.E. (2014). Knowing Students. In Heather Brook, Deane Fergie, Michael Maeorg, Dee Michell, ed. Universities in Transition. Adelaide, South Australia: University of Adelaide Press, pp. 229-244.
  • Brook, H.J. (2011). "Die, Bridezilla, Die!": Bride Wars (2009), Wedding Envy, and Chick Flicks. In Hilary Radner and Rebecca Stringer, ed. Feminism at the Movies: Understanding gender in contemporary popular cinema. London, UK: Routledge, pp. 227-240.
    [Scopus]
  • Rozengarten, T. and Brook, H.J. (2016). No pity fucks please: a critique of Scarlet Road's campaign to improve disabled people's access to paid sex services' Outskirts, 34 pp. 1-21.
    [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Rozengarten, T. and Brook, H.J. (2016). No pity fucks please: a critique of Scarlet Road's campaign to improve disabled people's access to paid sex services. Outskirts, 34 pp. 1-21.
    [Web Link]
  • Brook, H.J. (2015). Bros before Ho(mo)s: Hollywood Bromance and the Limits of Heterodoxy. Men and Masculinities, 18(2) pp. 249-266.
    [10.1177/1097184X15584913] [Scopus]
  • Brook, H. (2014). Zombie Law: Conjugality, Annulment, and the (Married) Living Dead. Feminist Legal Studies, 22(1) pp. 49-66.
    [10.1007/s10691-013-9246-9] [Scopus]

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