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 Studies at Flinders University since 2006.
BA (Flinders, 1979)
Grad Dip (Women's Studies) (SACAE, 1988)
PhD (Flinders, 1999)
Honours Coordinator, Women's Studies
I am a member of the Editorial Boards of Outskirts and the Journal of Australian Studies.
General interests: The cultural politics and histories of sexuality and reproduction in Australia; abortion; feminism in Australia; 'intersectional' approaches to gender and sexuality issues; representations of children and 'the child'; critical race and whiteness theories in Australian contexts; Indigenous studies; memory and representations of the past.
My research focus over recent years has been the racialised nature of gender and sexuality politics during 'the Howrad era' in Australia (1996-2007). This has generated numerous journal articles anda book manuscript.
My current focus is a new project that is investigating the cultural history of the practice of abortion in Australia since the early 1990s.
I am also part of a research group with colleagues from Macquarie University and the Univesrity of Newcastle that is investigating the history of 'sexual citizenship' in Australia since the late 1960s.
A third current project focuses on the race and gender politics of the criminalisation of the transmission of HIV infection in Australia.
Australian Women's & Gender Studies Association biennial prize for Best PhD thesis - NOV 2012
In Tasmania and South Australia I have been actively involved in 'pro-choice' abortion politics and with local queer community activities.
In early 2013 I co-convened Adelaide's 'Let's End the Stigma - Abortion a Fact of Life' flashmob, under the auspices of Reproductive Choice Australia.
I have been a regular contributor to the forum program in FEAST, Adelaide's LGBT cutural festival, since its inception in 1997. In October 2012 I was appointed to the South Australian Department for Communities and Social Inclusion's Rainbow Council. The council existed for an eighteen month period (2013-2014) and supported the department in the devising of an LGBTTIQ inclusion strategy for the state government which was launched in early 2014.
In 2015, with Dr Ros Prosser from the University of Adelaide and under the umbrella of FEAST, I am co-convening the Remembering Dunstan project to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexualtiy in South Australia and to remember the inspiring political leadership of former Premier Don Dunstan. The project will have two activities during FEAST in 2015 - a public lecture on Friday 13 November by law professor Nan Seuffert about 'queer' people seeking asylum in Australia and a troupe of Marching Dunstans in the Pride Parade on 14 November.
I have twice, in 2007 and 2012, with Dr Damien Riggs, co-convened the annual conference of the Australian Critical Race and Whiteness Studies Association.
Since 2010 I have, with fellow feminist academics from UniSA and the University of Adelaide, co-convened the South Australian Women's & Gender Studies Annual Public Lecture