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Sessional Academic, Faculty of Arts and Education, Deakin University

Dr Emma Whatman is a researcher and teacher in the Faculty of Arts and Education at Deakin where she teaches gender and sexuality studies, and children's literature. Emma completed her PhD at Deakin in 2019 and her research focuses on postfeminism and young people. She won the 2020 Alfred Deakin Medal for Doctoral Thesis, and has a book coming out in 2023 with Wayne State University Press. Her other research interests include sex education, and Instagram feminism. You can find information about her research and publications here: and here:


  • 2022–present
    Sessional Academic, Melbourne University
  • 2022–present
    Sessional Academic, Deakin University
  • 2021–2022
    Associate lecturer, Deakin University
  • 2013–2021
    Sessional Academic, Deakin University
  • 2016–2020
    Research assistant, Deakin University


  • 2019 
    Deakin University, PhD
  • 2012 
    Deakin University , Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Women and Gender Studies Association (AWGSA)
  • Australasian Children's Literature Research Association (ACLAR)