School of Humanities and Social Science

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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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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Dr Lisa Featherstone

Dr Lisa Featherstone is exploring how in today's digital world, sex pervades our everyday lives like never before. But how did it end up this way and what effect has it had on our society?

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Dr Catriona Malau

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

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Dr Åshild Næss

A love of language has taken Dr Åshild Næss to unexpected places.

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Dr Caragh Brosnan

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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Professor Lyndall Ryan

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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Dr Marguerite Johnson

Dr 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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Associate Professor Wayne Reynolds

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

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Professor Hugh Craig

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

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Associate Professor Alistair Rolls

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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Associate Professor Debbie Plath

Associate Professor Debbie Plath is a leading human services researcher who takes a practical approach to her work.

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Associate Professor Roland Boer

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

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Dr Steven Threadgold

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 Mark Harvey

Researcher with the Endangered Languages Group at the Faculty of Education and Arts, Dr Mark Harvey, is charmed by times that have passed.

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Dr Daniela Heil

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 Trisha Pender

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

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 Terry Leahy

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 Rebecca Beirne

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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Associate Professor Victoria Haskins

Associate 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 Kathleen McPhillips

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

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Dr Bronwyn Hemsley

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

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Dr Julie McIntyre

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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Kim Cheng Boey

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

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Professor Hilary Carey

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 Mitchell Dean

Professor Mitchell Dean's areas of speciality are political and historical sociology, critical social and political thought, and governing in liberal democracies.

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Associate Professor Maryanne Dever

Associate Professor Maryanne Dever's research encompasses archival studies, feminist literary and cultural history and digital humanities. Current research projects focus on issues of intimacy and materiality in relation to both research practice (methodology) and to the socio-cultural status of archived objects.

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Dr Bill Palmer

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 Christina Petterson

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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Professor Dennis Foley

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

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Associate Professor Ros Smith

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

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Professor Philip Dwyer

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

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Professor Alison Ferguson

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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Professor Lisa Adkins

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

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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