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.
PhD (Politics) Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University (2000)
BA (Hons) Politics, Adelaide University 1995
Co-ordinator, First Year Studies, School of Social & Policy Studies;
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Women's Studies.
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.
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.
: Feminism; romantic love; history
; Feminist theory; crip theory; queer theory; disabilities & sexualities
: Politics; leadership; Mauritius
; Prisoners and ex-prisoners; photography; autoethnography
; Violence against women; Islam; Indonesia
: Violence against women; Indonesia
; Birthing; labour; archaeology
; Indigenous education; epistemology; racism
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