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Professor, Murdoch University

I conduct research about inequalities of educational opportunities and outcomes, especially as they appear between schools, and the systems, structures and policies that shape them. My research interests include educational marketisation and the causes and consequences of school socioeconomic segregation. I draw on the disciplinary areas of education policy, comparative education and sociology of education.


  • 2021–present
    Professor, Murdoch University
  • 2015–2020
    Associate professor, Murdoch University
  • 2010–2014
    Senior lecturer, Murdoch University
  • 2005–2009
    Lecturer, Murdoch University


  • 2003 
    Loyola University Chicago, PhD
  • 2001 
    University of Michigan, B.A.


  • 2016
    How do learning environments vary by school sector and socioeconomic composition? Evidence from Australian students. , Australian Journal of Education
  • 2014
    Access to academic curriculum in Australian secondary schools: A case study of a highly marketised education system, Journal of Education Policy
  • 2014
    Explaining the achievement gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students: An analysis of PISA 2009 results for Australia and New Zealand, Educational Research and Evaluation
  • 2014
    How do school learning environments differ across Australia’s rural, regional and metropolitan communities?, Australian Educational Researcher
  • 2013
    School socioeconomic status and student outcomes in reading and mathematics: A comparison of Australia and Canada, Australian Journal of Education
  • 2013
    Democratic aspects of communist and post-communist schooling, in Griffiths, Tom G. & Millei, Zsuzsa (Eds). , Logistics of Socialist: Engaging with Crisis, Insecurity and Uncertainty
  • 2013
    How do school resources and academic performance differ across Australia’s rural, regional and metropolitan communities? , Australian Educational Researcher
  • 2012
    What do we know about the causes and effects of school socio-economic composition? A review of the literature. , Education and Society
  • 2011
    Developing intercultural understanding and skills: Models and approaches, Intercultural Education
  • 2010
    Does the SES of the school matter?, Teachers College Record
  • 2010
    Socio-economic status, self-efficacy and mathematics achievement in Australia, Educational Research for Policy and Practice
  • 2010
    School socio-economic composition and student outcomes in Australia, Australian Journal of Education
  • 2010
    Science and mathematics achievement in Australia, International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education
  • 2009
    Conceptualizing education policy in democratic societies, Educational Policy
  • 2009
    Characteristics of equitable systems of education, European Education
  • 2008
    Using PISA to examine educational inequality, Orbis Scholae

Grants and Contracts

  • 2010
    How is school socio-economic composition associated with student outcomes?
    Lead Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council, Discovery Grant

Research Areas

  • Comparative And Cross Cultural Education (130302)
  • Education Assessment And Evaluation (130303)
  • Education Policy (160506)