Has teaching, research and professional experience in crime and justice, child welfare and protection, and aesthetics and 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".
Publications include: "Ordinary People" (Meanjin Quarterly 78/1); "Borne Back Ceaselessly: 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 Dr Suzie Gibson]); "Developing a Revised Typology of Child Homicide" (Children Australia 41/1 [with Dr Danielle Reynald]); "An Interpretive Approach to Understanding Crime in Rural Australia" (in Harkness et al.'s Locating Crime in Context and Place [with Professor John Scott]); "Hearts Adrift: Revisiting Gillian Armstrong's High Tide" (Metro Magazine 194 [with Dr Suzie Gibson]).