My research works with feminist, queer and post-colonial/critical race theory to explore young people’s negotiations and experiences of gender, sex and sexuality norms, subjectivities and identities. My recent book is titled Young People and Pornography: Young People Negotiate Pornification (2013, Palgrave Macmillan), and latest articles include Race and Sexuality: Colonial Ghosts and Contemporary Orientalisms (The Palgrave Handbook of Ethnicity, 2019).
In particular, my research is undertaken with community partners with a focus on strategies, interventions and resource production to tackle issues of gender, sex and race inequality. My current projects include 1) ‘What Works?’ Sexuality, Intergenerational Negotiations and Multi-Cultural Multi-Faith Communities and 2) ‘In The Moment’: A whole school approach to confront sexism where and when it occurs.
I am a member of the executive committee of the Australian Womens' and Gender Studies Association.
Bachelor of Arts (Major in Development Studies, Sociology and Politics) Flinders University
Honors, First Class (Major Development Studies, Sociology and Poltics) Flinders University
Bachelor of Education (Junior Primary/Primary), Flinders University of South Australia
Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Sociology, Flinders University
Recipient of the 2017 Vice Chancellor's Early Career Researcher Award
Sociology and Women's Studies Major Convenor
Gender and Sexuality: post structural feminist theory, queer theory, theories of ‘normalisation’ and deviance/perversity, pornography, media and representation, non-normative sexualites.
Critical Race Theory: whiteness, decolonising methodologies, post-colonial theory, intersectionality.
Affecting change: private/public intimacies and the changing nature of sexual expression, sexualised popular and media cultures, youth cultures and youth sexualities, intergenerational negotiation and migrant communities
Qualitative Methodology: discourse analysis, methodology and rethinking categories of ‘difference’
Young people, pornography and sex education
Speaking back to sexism and challenging gender/sexuality norms: a whole school approach
Intergenerational conflict, sexuality and migrant communites
Indigenous young people, beauty and empowerment
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