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Research Associate, Department of Gender and Cultural Studies, University of Sydney

Dr Prudence Black is a Research Associate in the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney. Her award-winning book The Flight Attendant’s Shoe about the design history of the Qantas flight attendant uniforms was published by NewSouth Books, 2011. In 2012 she was granted a Discovery Early Career Research Award by the Australian Research Council to undertake research about the history of airline hostessing in Australia. As well as her academic work she undertakes consultancies relating to oral histories, corporate branding heritage and is regularly asked to talk on local and national radio regarding matters to do with fashion, design, uniforms and aviation. Her latest book is Smile, Particularly in Bad Weather: The Era of the Australian Airline Hostess, UWAPublications, 2017.


  • –present
    ARC DECRA Fellow, University of Sydney


  • 2009 
    University of Sydney, PhD