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PhD in cultural studies; teaches in School of Justice, Queensland University of Technology

Has teaching, research and professional experience in crime and justice, child welfare and protection, popular music studies and Australian film. PhD thesis titled "Contemporary music and its audiences" (University of New England, 2009). Co-winner of the 2011 Australian Book Review Calibre Prize for "The death of the writer".

Publications include:
Nobody writes (Meanjin 82/1); The blizzard of Oz: Nick Cave's wearisome ubiquity (Rock Music Studies); Succulent Chinese meme (The Monthly 189); Gentle creatures (Arena Quarterly 9); Ordinary people: On historical sexual abuse (Meanjin 78/1); Borne ceaselessly backwards: Classic rock magazines (Rock Music Studies 6/3); The best eleven essays of the past 3,533 days" (Overland 233); Dangerous locations: The missing person in Australian cinema (Screen Education Australia 95 [with Tiffany Sutherland]); 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); Sleeping the deep, deep sleep: The hierarchy of disaster (Overland 229 [with Suzie Gibson]); Developing a revised typology of child homicide (Children Australia 41/1 [with Danielle Reynald]); Hearts adrift: Revisiting Gillian Armstrong's High Tide (Metro Magazine 194 [with Suzie Gibson]); Towards a popular music criticism of replenishment (Popular Music & Society 34/5); Writing and music: Album liner notes (Portal: Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies 8/1); Betwixt and between: Musical taste patterns and audience mobility (Participations: Journal of Audience and Reception Studies 6/2); Two nights in November: The place of association football in the Australian collective sporting culture (Australian Folklore 23).


  • –present
    Tutor in Criminology, Griffith University


  • 2009 
    University of New England, PhD