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Senior Lecturer in Media & Communications, University of Sydney

Dr Fiona Giles is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Media and Communications at the University of Sydney, and the author of Fresh Milk: The Secret Life of Breasts. Her research interests encompass journalism, genre and gender studies; the role of pleasure in health promotion; and representations of breastfeeding and maternal sexuality. She also teaches creative nonfiction and feature writing. Her most recent publication is ‘“Reinstating Pleasure in Reality”: Promoting Breastfeeding Through Ars Erotica’, in Beyond Health, Beyond Choice: Breastfeeding Constraints and Realities (Rutgers University Press, 2012).


  • 2008–present
    Senior Lecturer, University of Sydney
  • 2005–2007
    Lecturer, University of Sydney


  • 1990 
    Oxford University , Doctor of Philosophy


  • 2012
    “’Reinstating Pleasure in Reality’: Promoting Breastfeeding Through Ars Erotica”, Beyond Health, Beyond Choice: Breastfeeding Constraints and Realities, Rutger University Press
  • 2010
    “Mrs Robinson’s Vindication: Hollywood Representations of the Sexually Active Mother” , Outskirts: Feminisms Along the Edge, May
  • 2009
    “From ‘Gift of Loss’ to Self Care: The Significance of Induced Lactation in Ta Miike’s Visitor !" , Giving Breast Milk: Body Ethics and Contemporary Breastfeeding Practice, Toronto: Demeter Press
  • 2008
    “The Uses of Pleasure: Reconfiguring Lactation, Sexuality and Mothering” , Maternal Realities: Corpo-‘Realities’, Psycho-‘Realities’, Socio-Economic ‘Realities’, Newcastle, En
  • 2007
    “Milkbrain: Writing the Cognitive Body” , Australian Humanities Review
  • 2005
    “The Tears of Lacteros: Integrating the Meanings of the Human Breast” , Body Parts: Critical Explorations in Corporeality, London: Lexington Books,
  • 2005
    “The Well-Tempered Breast: Fostering Fluidity in Sexual Relations” , Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal Special Issue on Body Modification, Vol. 34, No.3-4, A
  • 2004
    “Relational And Strange: A Preliminary Foray Into A Project to Queer Breastfeeding” , Australian Feminist Studies, Special Issue: Meanings of Breastmilk: New Feminist Flavours, Alison Ba
  • 2004
    “Fountains of Love and Loveliness: In Praise of the Dripping Wet Breast”, Mother Matters: Motherhood As Discourse and Practice, Toronto: Assoc'n for Research on Mothering
  • 2004
    Meanings of Breastmilk: New Feminist Flavours, Special Issue of Australian Feminist Studies Vol 19 Issue 45. Ed. Fiona Giles and Alison Bartlett
  • 2003
    Fresh Milk: The Secret Life of Breasts, NY: Simon and Schuster; Sydney: Allen and Unwin
  • 2000
    Chick For A Day: What Would You Do If You Were One? , New York: Simon and Schuster; Sydney: Social Change, Australia
  • 1998
    Too Far Everywhere: Situating the Heroine in Nineteenth Century Australian Fiction, St Lucia: University of Queensland Press
  • 1997
    Dick For A Day: What Would You Do If You Had One? , New York: Villard; Sydney: Random House
  • 1992
    Melanie, Sydney: Picador Australia
  • 1987
    From the Verandah: Stories of Love and Landscape by Nineteenth Century Australian Women, , Ringwood, Melbourne: McPhee Gribble/Penguin

Grants and Contracts

  • 2010
    Alcohol and Harm Minimisation Ammong Australian University Students
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
  • 2009
    Discrimination and Vilification in Advertising: Report Produced by the Advertising Standards Bureau
    Funding Source:
    Advertising Standards Bureau