Ms Shawna Marks

Casual Academic

College of Education, Psychology and Social Work

Research expertise

Shawna's work examines the sexual culture of amateur Australian football through investigation of complexities within masculinity and heterosexuality, and evaluates sport as a site for engaging the community in violence prevention.

Research expertise

Shawna's work examines the sexual culture of amateur Australian football through investigation of complexities within masculinity and heterosexuality, and evaluates sport as a site for engaging the community in violence prevention.

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Shawna Marks is a PhD candidate writing, researching, teaching and speaking about feminism, men’s violence against women, masculinity, sex and popular cultures including sport. Shawna is currently completing a doctorate that examines social constructions and masculinity and heterosexuality within the sexual culture of Australian football as a way to explore potential for initiatives that engage communities in violence prevention through sport.

Qualifications

Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Hons)- Flinders University, 2014

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)- Flinders University, ongoing

Honours, awards and grants

Flinders University Research Scholarship, Flinders University, 2018-2020, $52,576

Research Training Stipend, University of Adelaide, 2017, $26,682

Postgraduate Fund Semester 2, University of Adelaide, 2016, $60

Karen Halley Trust Semester 1, University of Adelaide, 2016, $150

Karen Halley Trust Semester 2, University of Adelaide, 2015, $1006

Karen Halley Trust Semester 1, University of Adelaide, 2015, $700

Honourable Mention (Barbara A. Brown Graduate Award), North American Society for the Sociology of Sport, 2015

Key responsibilities

HDR Representative, College of Education, Psychology and Social Work, Flinders University- July 2018 – Present

South Australian Representative, Australian Women & Gender Studies Executive Committee- July 2016 – Present

Research expertise
Gender Studies
Masculinity
Popular cultural studies
Sexuality Studies
Sociology
Sport & fitness
Women's Studies
Research interests

Shawna is interested in feminist social constructionist approaches to examining gender, sexuality, and violence in cultural institutions, including sport.

She has published on male bonding and violence against women on television; non-consensual condom removal; representations of Australian footballers' wives and girlfriends; and 'inclusive' fatherhood in children's film (under review). Shawna has also spoken on feminist theory and methodology; institutional culture of higher education; the PhD experience; representations of women in sport; and sexual violence.

Shawna has assisted on a diverse range of research projects including sport and violence prevention; sport and development; diversity and inclusion in higher education; social isolation and ageing; older women and homelessness; conceptions of care in queer communities; and abusive women caregivers.

Selected publications:

Marks, Shawna. (2019) “Cinderella at the (Foot)ball: Wives and girlfriends in Australian rules football awards”, Continuum, 33(4).

Marks, Shawna. (2018). “‘Bros Before Hoes’: Violence against women in the name of ‘bromosociality’.” In Bonds of Brotherhood in Sons of Anarchy: Essays on Masculinity in the FX Series, eds. Susan Fanetti, 9-23. Jefferson: McFarland.

Marks, Shawna. (2018). “Explaining ‘Stealthing’ and the Conversation About Rape That We Need to Have” Writing From Below, 3(2): online.

Walker, Amelia, Wisdom, Travis, Marks, Shawna, Pearce, Sarah, & Challans, Bianca. (2018). “To Speak and/as Connect – Beyond the Silencing of Violence, and the Violence that is Silence.” Writing From Below, 3(2): online.

Teaching interests

Gender, sociology, sport, violence, heterosexuality, popular culture, feminism and feminist theory, research methods, research ethics

Supervisory interests
Feminist theory and methodology
Heterosexuality
Masculinity
Sexual violence
Sport
Higher degree by research student achievements
Shawna Marks

Honourable Mention (Graduate Award), North American Society for the Sociology of Sport - NOV 2015

Expert for media contact
Feminism
Gender studies
Sport
Violence
Australian football
Feminism
Heterosexuality
Masculinity
Sexual violence
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Researcher
Media expert
Media expertise
  • Feminism
  • Gender studies
  • Sport
  • Violence
Interests
  • Australian football
  • Feminism
  • Heterosexuality
  • Masculinity
  • Sexual violence

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