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Alison Bartlett teaches English and Cultural Studies, and previously taught Gender Studies at the University of Western Australia. She has also taught literature at the University of Southern Queensland for ten years. Her teaching and research is mainly around gender and sexuality in popular culture and literature.

She has written 2 books – Breastwork: rethinking breastfeeding (2005) and Jamming the machinery: contemporary Australian women’s writing (1998), and edited four others, the most recent being Things that liberate: an Australian feminist wunderkammer, with Margaret Henderson. She has worked with the National Museum of Australia to propose a collection to represent the Australian women's movement, and is interested in how the recent feminist past is being remembered and mobilised.


  • 2017–present
    Associate professor in English & Cultural Studies, The University of Western Australia
  • 2008–2017
    Associate professor in Gender Studies, The University of Western Australia
  • 2005–2008
    Senior lecturer in Gender Studies, The University of Western Australia
  • 1995–2004
    Lecturer in English, University of Southern Queensland


  • 1995 
    James Cook University, PhD
  • 1995 
    James Cook University, GradCertEduc (Tertiary Teaching
  • 1991 
    James Cook University, BA (Hons)

Professional Memberships

  • Association for the Study of Australian Literature
  • Cultural Studies Association of Australia
  • Australian Women's and Gender Studies Association

Research Areas

  • Literary Studies (2005)