Has teaching, research and professional experience in crime & criminal justice, child welfare & protection, and aesthetics & the arts. PhD thesis titled "Contemporary Music & its Audiences" (2009). Co-winner of the 2011 Australian Book Review Calibre Prize. Recent publications include "Dark Justice" (Arena, 146), "The Gun" (Overland 223), "Benjamin, Adorno and Modern-Day Flanerie" (Thesis Eleven 121/1), "Dialectics, Infant Shaking and Perpetrator Statements in Child Abuse" (Journal of Family Violence 29/1), "The Aesthetics of Conservatism" (Overland 210), "Developing a Revised Typology of Child Homicide" (Children Australia 41/1 [with Dr Danielle Reynald]) and "An Interpretive Approach to Understanding Crime in Rural Australia" (in Harkness et al.'s Locating Crime in Context and Place [with Professor John Scott]).