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Dean (Learning & Teaching), Griffith University

My research began as an investigation of tropes of sickness and disease in Quebec's literary and political writing. I sought to critique the notion, based on the concept of the body politic, that allusions to sickness are a reflection of "sick" nationhood.
Since then, I have translated my interest in social and cultural uses of the body to more contemporary phenomena. I am undertaking research into health campaigns and fundraising initiatives that call on participants to use or modify their bodies for a cause. This has developed into a major project looking at Temporary Sobriety Iniatives as a way to link behaviour change, cultural change, the body and philanthropy.


  • 2013–present
    Senior lecturer, University of Technology Sydney
  • 2022–present
    Dean (Learning & Teaching), Griffith University
  • 2022–present
    Professor, Griffith University
  • 2019–2021
    Associate professor, University of Technology Sydney
  • 2019–2021
    Associate Dean Teaching & Learning, University of Technology Sydney
  • 2010–2013
    Lecturer, University of Technology Sydney


  • 2009 
    University of Michigan, Romance Languages and Literatures


  • 2016
    Temporary Sobriety Initiatives: Emergence, Possibilities and Constraints, Continuum
  • 2016
    Curative Illnesses: Medico-National Allegory in Québécois Fiction, McGill-Queen's University Press
  • 2015
    Temporary sobriety initiatives as public pedagogy: Windows of opportunity for embodied learning, Health