Dr Kim Gray

Casual Lecturer

Centre for English Language and Foundation Studies (Sociology and Anthropology)

Career Summary

Biography

Research Expertise

Dr Kim Gray has been conducting sociological research in the areas of intercountry adoption, intercultural families and issues about cultural belonging and racial difference since the late 1990s. She conducted research on adoptive families' experiences of the adoption process in Australia as part of her Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) degree (1999), receiving the Faculty of Arts Deans Award for this research and the University Medal for her excellent undergraduate record. In 2001, Dr Gray received an Australian Postgraduate Award to conduct PhD research on intercountry adoptees' experiences of cultural belonging and issues of racial difference growing up in Australia. Her PhD research was published in 2009 in the book, ('Bananas, Bastards, and Victims'?:Hybrid Reflections on Cultural belonging in Intercountry adoptee narratives). Dr Gray's research work has also been included in a number of collaborative book projects in America and Australia.

Her expertise in this field has led to invitations to review and assess scholarly research for the journals, Journal of Australian Studies and Australian Journal of Adoption.

In 2014 she was invited to present her research at the International Forum on Intercountry Adoption & Global Surrogacy at The Hague, Netherlands in preparation for the Special Commission on the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption to be held in 2015.

Recent research projects include working as a Research Assistant on assessing student capabilities as part of a seed grant through the CEEHE at UoN. Previous research experience includes working as a Research Consultant with the Family Action Centre (2009), as a Research Assistant on the collaborative project with Home-Start Inc and the University of Newcastle (2004-5) and as a Research Assistant with the Hunter Division of General Practice (1996).



Teaching Expertise

Dr Gray has been teaching in sociology at the University of Newcastle since 2001. In recent years (from 2009), she has been lecturing and tutoring in enabling education, 'Social Enquiry', Open Foundation, English Language and Foundation Studies Centre. She has taught in a number of courses in the School of Humanities and Social Science including 'Society and Culture' SOCA1010, 'Constructions of Childhood, the Family and Society' SOCA1040 and 'The Sociology of Food' SOCA3350.


Qualifications

  • PhD (Sociology/Anthropology), University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Social Science, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Social Science (Honours), University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Constructions of Childhood and the Family
  • Cultural Identity
  • Intercountry adoption
  • Intercultural Families
  • Race relations
  • Social Enquiry, Open Foundation, ELFS
  • Society and Culture

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
160104Social and Cultural Anthropology50
160899Sociology not elsewhere classified50

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
4/02/2015 - 19/12/2015Casual LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
Centre for English Language and Foundation Studies
Australia
1/02/2014 - 20/07/2014Casual AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
Australia
17/07/2012 - 21/12/2012Casual AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
English Language and Foundation Studies Centre
Australia
6/04/2011 - 6/04/2011Sessional AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
Centre for Teaching and Learning
Australia
1/03/2011 - 31/07/2011Casual LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
English Language and Foundation Studies Centre
Australia
4/02/2008 - 14/07/2008Casual AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
Australia

Membership

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2009 - Membership - Australian Journal of AdoptionAustralian Journal of Adoption
Australia

Awards

Recognition

YearAward
1999Faculty of Arts Deans Award
The University of New South Wales
1999University Medal
University of Newcastle

Research Award

YearAward
2001Australian Postgraduate Award (APA)
University of Newcastle
1995The Excellence in Research Methods Prize
University of Newcastle
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Book (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2009Gray KM, 'Bananas, Bastards and Victims'? Australian Intercountry Adoptees and Cultural Belonging, VDM Verlag, Saarbrucken, 247 (2009) [A1]

Chapter (2 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2009Gray KM, 'Australian intercountry adoptees' diverse experiences returning to the 'homeland'', Other People's Children: Adoption in Australia, Australian Scholarly Publishing, Melbourne, Victoria 222-240 (2009) [B1]
2007Gray KM, 'Identity and international adoptees: A comparison of the Vietnamese and Korean adoptee experience in Australia', International Korean Adoption: A Fifty-Year History of Policy and Practice, Haworth Press, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 237-262 (2007) [B1]

Conference (3 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Gray K, Irwin EL, 'Pathways to social inclusion: The participation of refugee students in higher education', National Association of Enabling Educators of Australia Conference, Melbourne, VIC (2013) [E3]
2009Fletcher R, St George JM, Douglas SL, Gray KM, 'The dad, the chat and the cam: New father's use of the web', National Men's Health Gathering 2009: Program and Abstracts, Newcastle, NSW (2009) [E3]
Co-authorsRichard Fletcher, Jennifer Stgeorge
2007Gray KM, '(In)authentic identities: Hybrid modes of belonging in transnational adoptee narratives', Moving Cultures, Shifting Identities: A Conference about Migration, Connection, Heritage and Cultural Memory, Adelaide, S.A. (2007) [E3]
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Dr Kim Gray

Positions

Casual Lecturer
Centre for English Language and Foundation Studies
Academic Division

Casual Research Assistant
Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)
Academic Division

Focus area

Sociology and Anthropology

Contact Details

Emailkim.gray@newcastle.edu.au
Phone(02) 4921 5094

Office

LocationCallaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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