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Christine Beasley

Emerita Professor
University of Adelaide


Chris Beasley is Emerita Professor at the University of Adelaide, and is also an Adjunct Prof in the university’s Dept of Politics and International Relations. She is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences and was named as the leading researcher in Feminism and Women’s Studies in November 2018 in The Australian’s annual assessment of national Research based on major journal publications in the field (see p. 36). She was founder and inaugural Co-Director of the Fay Gale Centre for Research on Gender (2009-2013), at the University of Adelaide.

Emerita Prof Beasley primarily taught, before her retirement in 2018, in three areas of Politics—social and political theory, gender and sexuality studies, and cultural politics. Her academic background includes interdisciplinary work in both Humanities and Social Sciences. She has also been employed as a teaching and learning academic, and has coordinated enclave programs for Indigenous students. In 1994 she received the peak teaching prize from the University of Adelaide.

Her books thus far include ‘The Cultural Politics of Popular Film: Power, Culture and Society’ (with Heather Brook, Manchester UP) , ‘Heterosexuality in Theory and Practice’ (with Heather Brook and Mary Holmes, Routledge, 2012),’ Engaging with Carol Bacchi’ (co-edited with Angelique Bletsas, University of Adelaide Press, 2012), ‘Gender & Sexuality: Critical Theories, Critical Thinkers’ (Sage, 2005), ‘What is Feminism? ‘(Sage, 1999) and ‘Sexual Economyths’ (Allen & Unwin, 1994). She recently completed a book titled , ‘Internet Dating: Intimacy and Social Change’ (with Mary Holmes, Routledge,2021). Emerita Prof Beasley has also developed special issues in several leading journals, such as in ‘Sexualities’, ‘Men and Masculinities’, ‘Australian Feminist Studies’ and ‘Health Sociology’.

Emerita Professor Beasley is engaged in several research projects, including migration and national belonging, internet dating, intimacy and social change, gender/sexuality and Hollywood films, boys’ schooling, embodied ethics and revaluing care, the impact of neoliberalism upon academic practices, and innovations in heterosexuality and hetero-masculinity.

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