Has teaching, research and professional experience in crime & criminal justice, child welfare & protection, and aesthetics & the arts. PhD thesis titled "Contemporary Music and its Audiences" (University of New England, 2009).
Co-winner of the 2011 Australian Book Review Calibre Prize for essay "The Death of the Writer". Recent publications include "Dark Justice" (Arena Magazine 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]).