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 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.
FASS ECAN Publication Awards 2020 (Non-traditional Research Output category) for ‘Crystal Clear: Negotiating pleasures and risk around sex on crystal’ podcast series.
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.
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.
Dean’s Citation for Excellence in Tutorials (2013), Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Sydney.
I bring a critical cultural lens to experiences of health and wellbeing among marginalised and vulnerable communities, working previously with people who use drugs, people living with or affected by blood borne viruses, and LGBTQ+ communities. My role at HERDU is to ensure equitable community engagement among all facets of the Sydney Local Health District.
While I am in research-focussed roles at UNSW Sydney, I regularly accept invitations to guest lecture in the areas of: