Doctor of Philosophy (2016) University of Sydney.
Master of Arts (2009) Gender Studies (with merit), University of Sydney.
Bachelor of Arts with Honours (2002) University of Sydney
I am a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Social Research in Health (CSRH), a specialist research centre located in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at UNSW Sydney. Through my disciplinary background in Cultural Studies, I endeavour to bring a critical cultural lens to everyday lived experiences as they pertain to public health concerns.
I currently conduct research in two broad programmes of work:
I take a community-led and -engaged approach to all my work, working with affected communities to determine their health needs.
I was awarded my PhD in 2016 from the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies, where I undertook an ethnographic exploration of Sydney's drag king culture as a site for the varied investments in social scenes for LGBTQ people. I taught Gender Studies and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney before taking up a research-focussed position at the Centre for Social Research in Health in 2017.
Wiley’s Top Cited Article 2021-2022, in Sociology of Health and Illness for “Family imaginaries in the disclosure of a blood-borne virus” (co-author) between January 2021 and December 2022.
Early Career Academics Network Awards for Research Excellence 2022 (Traditional Research Output) for ‘Sex in placemaking activism: lesbian and queer women’s sex-based sociality in Sydney, Australia’ journal article; Faculty of Arts, Design & Architecture, UNSW.
Awarded participant, Women in Leadership (WIL) Program 2022 (competitive entry), UNSW Sydney – awarded to high performing and high potential leader.
Early Career Academics Network Awards for Research Excellence 2021 (Traditional Research Output) for ‘Priorities and Practices of Risk Reduction among Australian Gay and Bisexual Men who Use Crystal Methamphetamine for Sex’ journal article; Faculty of Arts, Design & Architecture, UNSW.
Early Career Academics Network Publication Awards 2020 (Non-traditional Research Output) for ‘Crystal Clear: Negotiating pleasures and risk around sex on crystal’ podcast series; Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, UNSW.
Awarded participant, Kathleen Fitzgerald Laureate Mentorship Scheme, University of Melbourne, 3 – 7 December 2018 - awarded to outstanding early career female researchers to complete an intensive mentoring programme with a focus on research leadership and enhancing career progression (competitive entry; flights and accommodation provided for the duration of the program).
Finalist, Rita and John Cornforth Award (2016), Graduate Medal, University of Sydney - awarded to a person who has achieved the highest standard of academic proficiency in a doctoral thesis, and contributed to the diverse life of the University and broader community (one of four finalists; over 160 submissions).
Dean’s Citation for Excellence in Tutorials (2013), Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Sydney - awarded for tutorial-style teaching, with special mention of ability to teach with sensitivity and for lesson planning.
Complex and changing needs of the ageing population living with viral hepatitis and/or HIV in the ACT, 2017-2018 - literature review and report co-author.
While I am in research-focussed roles at UNSW Sydney, I regularly accept invitations to guest lecture in the areas of: