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Associate Professor, College of Arts, Victoria University

Associate Professor Stephens is a social theorist with a wide interest in contemporary social and political debates.

Her research is informed by feminist theory, social movement theory, memory studies and the emerging area of maternal studies. Her current work is investigating psychoanalytic frameworks and their intersection with the social.

Her publications include investigations of cultural activism and memory, changing meanings of the maternal, the social dimensions of mothering, feminist oral history and the outsourcing of emotions and care.


  • –present
    Associate Professor, School of Social Sciences and Psychology, Victoria University


  • 1994 
    University of Melbourne, PhD


  • 2012
    Confronting Postmaternal Thinking: Feminism, Memory and Care, Columbia University Press

Research Areas

  • Sociology (1608)
  • Cultural Studies (2002)
  • Culture, Gender, Sexuality (200205)
  • Social Theory (160806)
  • Social Philosophy (220319)