School of Humanities and Social Science

Dr Sally Hewat

Speech Pathology

Dr Sally Hewat, a University of Newcastle (UON) speech pathologist who specialises in the treatment of stuttering, is working to establish speech therapy in Vietnam – where, as a profession, it doesn't exist.

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Associate Professor Bronwyn Hemsley

Speech Pathology

Bronwyn Hemsley's research is helping bypass speech difficulties through the use of mobile technologies and e-health solutions.

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Professor Alison Ferguson

Speech Pathology

Professor Alison Ferguson is a speech pathology researcher whose specialty is communicative interaction. She explores novel communication strategies for people who have lost speech and language function.

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Dr Caragh Brosnan

Sociology and Anthropology

Dr Caragh Brosnan is a researcher in the sociology of health and illness. Her focus is on health care and its value to society, but more fundamentally, the moral and principled human decisions that lie behind the science that governs our health and wellbeing.

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Dr Hedda Askland

Sociology and Anthropology

University of Newcastle researcher Dr Hedda Haugen Askland examines the deep-rooted forces behind home, identity and belonging in exile and refugee communities.

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Dr Kathleen McPhillips

Sociology and Anthropology

Dr Kathleen McPhillips is looking into the murky world of child sexual abuse within the church culture.

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Dr Daniela Heil

Sociology and Anthropology

Daniela Heil's anthropological expertise is helping to understand the impact of cultural differences on the health of indigenous communities.

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Dr Terry Leahy

Sociology and Anthropology

Dr Terry Leahy, a University of Newcastle sociologist, is behind a film documenting a permaculture project in Zimbabwe that has changed lives and boosted food security.

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Dr Julia Coffey

Sociology and Anthropology

By listening to young people's ways of tackling problems, Dr Julia Coffey from the University of Newcastle is advancing sociological understanding of body image and health.

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Dr David Farrugia

Sociology and Anthropology

Through his research into the shifting sense of identity of Australia's young people, University of Newcastle sociologist Dr David Farrugia is questioning the assumptions on which our policies around rural youth are based.

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Professor Lisa Adkins

Sociology and Anthropology

Professor Lisa Adkins' research interests are in feminist theory and the sociology of gender; social and cultural theory; and economic sociology (especially the sociology of post-industrial economies and the new political economy).

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Professor Pam Nilan

Sociology and Anthropology

Professor Pam Nilan contributes a unique sociologist's viewpoint to the body of research on youth cultures in the Asia-Pacific region.

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Professor John Germov

Sociology

Professor Germov is a sociologist and widely published author with research interests spanning the social origins of food and alcohol habits, public health nutrition, sociology of obesity and workplace change. His recent work focuses on the historical sociology of wine.

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Dr Steven Threadgold

Sociology

Drugs, violence and laziness – if you believe everything you hear in the media, young people have a lot to answer for. However, sociologist and Newcastle Youth Studies Group co-convenor, Dr Steven Threadgold, is ardent about uncovering the entire picture and contributing to a better understanding of the next generation.

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Dr Tamara Blakemore

Social work

Dr Tamara Blakemore's framework for social work practice is grounded in an understanding of the complex and connected contexts that prompt, facilitate, and constrain the wellbeing of children, families and communities.

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Professor Mel Gray

Social Work

Under the guidance of Professor Gray, the University of Newcastle was the only university in Australia to receive a '5' rating for social work research in the "Excellence in Research for Australia" (ERA) rankings which are administered by the Australian Research Council.

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Professor Terry Lovat

Philosophy, Religion and Theology

Nothing frustrates Professor Terry Lovat more than opening a newspaper to read uninformed commentary about Muslims and the Islamic faith.

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Professor Roland Boer

Religion, radicalism and revolutionaries all fall under the critical gaze of theologian and writer Professor Roland Boer.

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Dr Christina Petterson

Philosophy and Religion

Looking at Christianity through the lenses of theology, history and cultural theory, Dr Christina Petterson's critical text-based study is seeking to evaluate its influence on the switch from feudalism to capitalism and other evolving socioeconomic structures

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Dr Catriona Malau

Linguistics

Documenting small, regional languages can help them to not only survive, but thrive.

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Associate Professor Mark Harvey

Linguistics

When it comes to language, how well do we actually understand the structure of syllables and words? Associate Professor Mark Harvey's 2015 Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project aims to determine this through the documentation of a severely endangered Indigenous language.

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Dr Michael Franjieh

Linguistics

Linguistics researcher Dr Michael Franjieh is working to revitalise language and assist literacy levels by documenting some of Vanuatu's most severely endangered languages.

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Dr Christo Moskovsky

Linguistics

At the heart of a cross-faculty research project under way at Newcastle is the view to improving the quality of life of newcomers to Australia.

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Dr Bill Palmer

Linguistics

A dedicated team of Newcastle linguists is committed to studying the practical, scientific and cultural significance of dying local languages.

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Dr James Bennett

History

Because he doesn't believe the present can be understood without acknowledging the past, Dr James Bennett is casting a critical eye over a broad slice of twentieth century Australia and New Zealand.

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Professor Lyndall Ryan

History

The story of Professor Lyndall Ryan from Newcastle's Centre for the History of Violence began while documenting the history of Tasmania's convict system.

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Associate Professor Wayne Reynolds

History

Associate Professor Wayne Reynolds is on a quest to unearth the real story of Australia's nuclear ambitions

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Dr Kit Candlin

History

An authority on all things American, Dr Kit Candlin is seeking to unearth – and solve – some of its history's most devilish mysteries.

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Dr Kate Ariotti

History

Digging into the past and turning up surprising – and sometimes uncomfortable – truths, Dr Kate Ariotti is seeking to put names, faces and facts to the First World War prisoner of war experience.

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Associate Professor Hans-Lukas Kieser

History

University of Newcastle Future Fellow Professor Hans-Lukas Kieser looks to humanity's violent past for answers to a peaceful future

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Dr Nancy Cushing

History

Dr Nancy Cushing is an environmental historian who is examining the underlying beliefs and aims that led, by the end of the colonial period, to a typical Australian diet based around the heavy consumption of beef and mutton.

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Professor Victoria Haskins

History

Professor Victoria Haskins' study of Indigenous domestic service policies across two countries is filling a gap in the historical narrative.

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Dr Julie McIntyre

History

For Dr Julie McIntyre, wine represents history in a glass. "It's a way of being able to travel in time. Each glass of wine is a fascinating and very complex encapsulation of the climate, land and work of people at particular points in time," said McIntyre.

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Professor Hilary Carey

History

Professor Hilary Carey's research into the anti-Transportation movement provides new insight into an important aspect of Australia's colonial history.

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Professor Roger Markwick

History

Associate Professor Roger Markwick, Head of the School of Humanities and Social Science and founding member of the Centre for the History of Violence believes the way we frame our past is pivotal for our understanding of the present.

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Professor Philip Dwyer

History

Professor Philip Dwyer and his team are leading a fundamental rethinking of violence in the modern world.

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Dr Matthew Lewis

History

In today's globalised world, with the increasing movement of peoples across borders and continents, could violent practices and mentalities move with them? Dr Matthew Lewis, a post-doctoral researcher with the Centre for the History of Violence, sheds light on this issue in his comparative study of British policing in Ireland and Palestine after the First World War.

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Associate Professor Alistair Rolls

French

Associate Professor is a leading expert on Twentieth and Twenty-First Century French Literature, the principal English-speaking scholar on the immortalized French writer Boris Vian and is paving the way forward in the field he calls Fetishism Criticism, a discourse which recognizes that two opposing narratives can co-exist while actually refuting each other.

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Dr Rebecca Beirne

Film, Media and Cultural Studies

Dr Rebecca Beirne has devoted her academic pursuits largely to media studies and the representation of queer women in popular culture

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Dr Emmett Stinson

English and writing

With the publishing industry facing unprecedented challenges from digital technologies and global competition, what does the future hold for contemporary Australian literary publishing?

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Professor Hugh Craig

English and Writing

As unlikely as it sounds, literary scholar Professor Hugh Craig has enhanced his appreciation of Shakespeare through statistical analysis.

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Dr Trisha Pender

English and Writing

Dr Trisha Pender is leading the charge in the expanding world of research into early modern women's writing.

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Dr Jesper Gulddal

English and Writing

The University of Newcastle's Head of English, Dr Jesper Gulddal, has always been fascinated by travel adventure stories, but gone are the days when fictional characters were footloose and fancy free to navigate a plot's twists and turns on a whim.

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Dr Dave Musgrave

English and Writing

With a recent revival in Australia's poetry scene, acclaimed poet Dr David Musgrove is paving the way for others to follow his path to success.

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Associate Professor Kim Cheng Boey

English and Writing

Associate Professor Kim Cheng Boey artfully juggles creative writing and the research demands of an academic career.

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Associate Professor Ros Smith

English and Writing

Associate Professor Ros Smith examines the contribution of female writers to the culture of the early modern era.

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Professor Dennis Foley

Community Welfare

Professor Dennis Foley is equally proud of his contributions as a researcher, an international networker and a teacher.

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Associate Professor Marguerite Johnson

Classics

Associate Professor Maguerite Johnson is interested in how stories from Antiquity console us and connect us as humans through the falling in love, the heartbreaks, the sorrow and the celebrations.

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