Associate Professor Barbara Baird

Associate Professor

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

place Social Science South (319)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

After completing my PhD about South Australian women's experiences of illegal abortion (before 1970), and almost a decade working and teaching at Flinders and Adelaide University, in 1999 I went to the University of Tasmania in Hobart where I coordinated the Gender Studies program for seven years. I have been in the discipline of Women's & Gender Studies at Flinders University since 2006.


BA (Flinders, 1979)

Grad Dip (Women's Studies) (SACAE, 1988)

PhD (Flinders, 1999)

Honours, awards and grants

ARC Discovery Project DP170100502 2017-2019: Gender and Sexual Politics: Changing citizenship in Australia since 1969 (with Prof Robert Reynolds, Assoc Prof Michelle Arrow & Dr Leigh Boucher, Dept of Modern History, Poltiics and International Relations, Macquarie University)

ARC Discovery Project 2005-2007: Reconfiguring inimate life: Gender and sexuality as site of national redefinition in Australia since 1996

2019 Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching

2019 South Australian Women's Honour Roll

2010 & 2012: Flinders University Nominee for the UniJobs Lecturer of the Year
2003: Dorothy Award for Creativity at the Gala Awards Night for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community in Tasmania
1993: Co-recipient of SA Equal Opportunity Award on behalf of Lesbian and Gay Community Action (LGCA)

Key responsibilities

I am co-convenor of the Inequalities Research Theme and a member of the Flinders University Senate.

I am a member of the Editorial Boards of Outskirts and the Journal of Australian Studies.

Teaching interests
My teaching interests include introductory and upper level women's and gender studies, with special interests in sexualities, masculinities, gender and sexuality in Australian history, the gendered and raced dimensions of public and private memory and commemmoration, media and cultural identities, feminism and feminist theory and in the voices and perspectives of Indigenous women.
Topic coordinator
WMST3009 Sexualities: Perspectives, Pleasures, Poltiics
HIST2022 Memory and the Poltiics of Difference: Sex, Race and belonging
WMST1002 Gender, Power and Change
WMST2016 Listening Up: Colonalism, Race and Gender
Supervisory interests
Abortion and maternity
Australian Indigenous studies
Critical race and whiteness studies in Australian contexts
Feminist and queer approaches to Australian history
History and cultural politics of sexuality and reproduction
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: The Voice in the Stitch: Writing a History of Australian Feminist Craft, 1975 to the Present (joint with History) (1), Cultures of gender and sexuality in relation to to HIV/AIDS in Papua (jointly with Population Studies) (1)
Associate supervisor: Feminism, Archives and History (joint with History) (1)
Principal supervisor: The experience of 'floating sex workers' in Bangladesh (1), The Gendered Newsroom: Embodied Subjectivity in the Changing World of the Media (1), Wired and Dangerous: Maternal Bodies in Cyber(cultural)space (1), A Place in the Empire: Negotiating the Life of Gertrude Kenny (1), Uses of performance to prevent rape and sexual assault (joint with Drama) (1), Women filmmakers in post New Order Indonesia (jointly with Flinders Asia Centre) (1)
Associate supervisor: Representations of maids in Argentinian literature (joint with History) — Associate (1), Spousal violence in Bangladesh: ‘problem wives’ and shelter homes (jointly with Social Work) (1)
Higher degree by research student achievements
Anitra Goriss-Hunter

Australian Women's & Gender Studies Association biennial prize for Best PhD thesis - NOV 2012

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