PhD (Carleton University) MA (Carleton University) BA (University of British Columbia)
Melanie White is Deputy Head of School (Education) in the School of Social Sciences. She is Associate Professor in Sociology (Social Theory) and a Fellow of the UNSW Scientia Education Academy.
Melanie has always been fascinated by what we mean by the 'social.' Her current research concerns the place of biology and animality in the constitution of the discipline of sociology in 19C France. She has a particular interest in the social theories of Emile Durkheim, Gabriel Tarde, Henri Bergson, Michel Foucault and Georges Canguilhem. She is interested in questions about the relations between habits & creativity, error & uncertainty, and finding the point at which the ordinary becomes extraordinary in everyday life. She also enjoys rediscovering lost and forgotten thinkers and considering how they contribute to contemporary debates in social theory and our understanding of everyday life. She has published in high-ranking international journals such as Body & Society, Journal of Classical Sociology and Economy and Society. Her book Bergson, Politics, and Religion co-edited with Alexandre Lefebvre (University of Sydney) is published with Duke University Press.
Melanie is also Adjunct Research Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.
2019 Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA), UK
2019 The Michael Wearing Memorial Award for Excellence in Postgraduate Research Supervision, UNSW Sydney
2018 UNSW Scientia Education Academy Fellow, 2019-2022
2017 Vice-Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence (General Category), UNSW Sydney
2016 Excellence in Postgraduate Research Supervision Award, ARC Postgraduate Student Council, UNSW Student Life and Dean of Graduate Research School, UNSW Sydney
2015 Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence (General Category), Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, UNSW Sydney
2006 Nominated, Symons Award for Excellence in Teaching, Trent University, Canada
2002 Teaching Excellence Award, Carleton University Students' Association, Carleton University, Canada