Senior Lecturer in Human Development, Massey University

I am a Senior Lecturer in Human Development and Fat Studies Researcher at Massey University. My research focuses on the construction, revision, and maintenance of spoiled identities and its’ effects on health and well-being of marginalised populations, specifically fat individuals. I've been published in top journals such as Human Development, Feminist Review, HERDSA, and Narrative Inquiries in Bioethics, and my co-edited book, Queering Fat Embodiment, was released by Ashgate in late 2014.

I hosted the ‘Fat Studies: Reflective Intersections’ conference in 2012, and guest edited an issue on intersectionality for the Fat Studies Journal. My work has been featured on The Huffington Post, Yahoo, NPR, and 20/20. I maintain a presence in the Fatosphere with my blog, Tumblr, and radio show/podcast, ‘Friend of Marilyn’. I can be found on Twitter @FOMNZ


  • 2015–present
    Senior Lecturer, Massey University
  • 2008–2014
    Lecturer, Massey University


  • 2007 
    Texas Tech University, Doctor of Philosophy - Human Development & Family (Human Development)
  • 2002 
    Texas Tech University, Masters of Art - Sociology
  • 1999 
    Texas State University, Bachelor of Arts - Sociology


  • 2014
    Causing a commotion: Queering fatness in cyberspace, Queering fat embodiment
  • 2014
    Express yourself: Fat activism in the Web 2.0 age, The politics of size: Perspectives from the fat-acceptance movement
  • 2014
    X-static process: Intersectionality within the field of fat studies, Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society
  • 2014
    Die another day: The obstacles facing fat people in accessing shame-free and evidenced-based healthcare, Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics
  • 2012
    We say what we are & we do as we say: Feminisms in Practice, Feminist Review
  • 2012
    Live to tell: Coming out as fat, Somatechnics
  • 2012
    Lifespan Development (2nd Australasian Ed), John Wiley & Sons
  • 2011
    Response to letter ‘New Zealand’s shocking diabetes rates can be reduced.’ , New Zealand Medical Journal
  • 2011
    Choosing to resist or reinforce the new managerialism: The impact of performance based research funding on academic identity, Higher Education Research & Development
  • 2007
    Moving on: The challenges of dynamic systems perspectives, Human Development

Professional Memberships

  • Society for the Research of Identity Formation
  • Society for the Study of Human Development
  • Association of Women in Psychology
  • APA - Division 35

Research Areas

  • Developmental Psychology And Ageing (170102)
  • Studies In Human Society Not Elsewhere Classified (169999)
  • Public Health And Health Services Not Elsewhere Classified (111799)