Scholarly work in Research & Teaching
In 2013 I returned to academia following the birth of my second child. I undertook a PhD based at QUT and this is what followed...
My principal field of expertise is digital self-representation, online activism, queer identity, and rhetorical strategies/feminist practices for speaking and listening across difference. Beyond teaching and research in Higher Education, I am actively involved in community development and arts as an activist, media-maker and researcher.
During 2018 I undertook a post-doctoral research fellowship at RMIT University in Creative Agency and the Digital Ethnography Research Centre in Melbourne. Relocating from Adelaide, I quickly developed a research program and network of collaborators on a funded pilot project called ‘Code-Switching Identities’ in which gender-diverse storytellers create an ‘ungendered selfie’ for exhibition.
I also co-edited ‘Going Postal: More than Yes and No’ (with Quinn Eades, published by Brow Books, 265 pages) containing 47 diverse accounts of the 2017 postal survey on marriage equality.
Previously, as Lecturer in Digital Media at Flinders University (in a 0.6FTE balanced teaching/research role, Level B step 3). You can see a sample syllabus of one of the topics that I taught, 'Non-Fiction Form and Ethics', here. I was degree co-ordinator of a new ‘Bachelor of Communication and Professional Writing’. I led the 2017 research focus - ‘Technologies of Memory and Affect’ - for the Flinders Institute for Research in the Humanities, which resulted in a special collection in Media International Australia and Non-traditional research outputs including an exhibition and live performance during the Adelaide Fringe Festival.
Due to care commitments and part-time contracts I am equivalent to 3.5 years since PHD. Publication highlights since conferral in 2013 are: 9 sole/first authored journal articles, 2 that are widely cited (135 citations out of overall 249 to date) in top-ranked journals, 1 sole-authored book and 2 edited books; 10 sole/first authored book chapters; and 6 applied research partnerships. I have a Google Scholar h-index of 7. Bibliometrics in the following are drawn from Journal home pages, Google Scholar and Altmetrics.
In addition to my academic endeavours, I have over twenty years of multi-media production and distribution experience. As an award-winning writer/director/producer of drama and documentaries, I have tackled subjects as diverse as youth suicide; drug cultures in Vietnamese communities; and lesbian personal columns. My film work includes multi-lingual (Vietnamese-English and Adnyamathanha-English) and multi-modal (animation, micro-docs, digital storytelling and interactive web-platforms) projects that reflect my comparative, cross-cultural and critical approaches to communication and storytelling.