Christine Beasley

Adjunct Professor Christine Beasley

Adjunct Professor

School of Social Sciences

Faculty of Arts

Chris Beasley is Emerita Professor in the Dept of Politics and International Relations. She is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences and was recently 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.

She primarily teaches 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 include 'Heterosexuality in Theory and Practice' (co-authored 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 has recently completed a book on contemporary popular film titled 'The Cultural Politics of Popular Film: Power, Culture and Society' (with Heather Brook, Manchester UP) and is currently preparing another book, 'Internet Dating' (with Mary Holmes, Routledge). Dr Beasley has also developed special issues in several journals, such as 'Sexualities', 'Men and Masculinities', 'Australian Feminist Studies' and 'Health Sociology'.

Emerita Professor Beasley is also engaged in several research projects, including 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.


Professor Beasley is engaged in several research directions. She is located in POLIS (Politics and International Studies) but is linked with The Fay Gale Centre for Research on Gender (University of Adelaide), GEXcel: Centre for Excellence in Gender (Sweden), the Centre for Law, Gender and Sexuality (UK) and the Indo-Pacific Governance Centre.

Her main current projects include

  • socio-political theory on social change
  • social change and sexualities, especially heterosexualities
  • social change and masculinities, especially hetero-masculinities
  • masculinity and violence
  • boys’ schooling and advancing gender equity
  • women and politics: comparative issues
  • embodied ethics. the politics of the body, and revaluing care
  • older people, sexuality and care services
  • internet dating
  • the impact of neoliberalism upon the welfare state, the academy and on academic practices
  • the politics of 'Hollywood' film, of mass media
  • the politics of visual art
  • issues in 'intersectionality': class, gender and culture
  • Under Construction
International Journals:
  • Men & Masculinities
  • British Journal of Sociology
  • Sexualities
  • Journal of Homosexuality
  • Signs
  • Sex Roles
  • International Feminist Journal of Politics
  • Feminist Theory
  • thirdspace: a journal of feminist theory and culture
  • NORA - Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research
  • NORMA: International Journal of Masculinity Studies
  • Citizenship Studies
  • Sex Education
  • Sexual and Relationship Therapy International Perspectives on Theory, Research & Practice
National Journals:
  • Australian Journal of Political Science
  • Australian Journal of Politics and History
  • Journal of Sociology
  • Australian Feminist Studies
  • Outskirts
  • Australian Journal of Social Issues

Publishers: Sage, Routledge, Polity, Oxford University Press, Bentham Science Publishers, Intellect Publishers

Highlighted Research Funding


Aust Dental Health Research Foundation, Social Construction of Oral Health in Aust mass media (with Dr Jones and Dr Merrick) ($9.120k)

2012 Arts & Humanities Research Council (UK), ‘Revaluing Care’ Research Network (with Centre for Law, Gender and Sexuality), Keele Law School (70k GBP)


Health in All Policies Unit, SA, Improving the health and wellbeing of overseas students (with Prof Augoustinos and Dr Hanson-Easy) ($22k)


Australian Sports Commission, Integrity in Sport (with Dr Treagus and Dr Cover) ($24k)

2009 University funding for designated Research Centres: The Fay Gale Centre for Research on Gender (with Prof Augoustinos) ($300k)
Research Funding


Institute of Advanced Studies 2016 Short Stay Fellowship Grant at University of WA ($2k)

2014 Faculty Research Centres Competitive Funding Scheme, Advancing gender equity in male single-sex environments: elite boys’ schools (with Prof Augoustinos, Dr Treagus and Dr Papadelos) ($4k)


Aust Dental Health Research Foundation, Oral Health-Aust mass media (with Dr Jones) ($5k)

2011 Faculty Research Grant (with Dr Treagus and Dr Cover) ($5k)


School Grant, Teaching Pol Science: Graduate Skills & Critical Thinking (with Dr Cao) ($2k)


Faculty Research Grant, XVII World Congress of Sociology, Sweden ($5k)


Preventive Health Research Cluster, Social, Cultural and Economic Influences ($10k)


Faculty Grant, Globalizing culture (with Prof Bulbeck and Prof McCarthy) ($8k)


Small ARC Grant, Women’s Bodies in Australian Public Policy (with Prof Bacchi) ($7k)


Primary Health Care Initiatives Program, SA Health Commission, at Women’s and Children’s Hospital, ‘Improving Continuity of Care—families dealing with a health crisis’ ($70k)

Selected Recent Courses at Undergraduate Level
  • Faculty Foundation Course: ‘The Enquiring Mind’
  • ‘The Politics of Gender and Sexuality’
  • Justice, Liberty & Democracy’
  • The Politics of Media: Film
  • ‘Introduction to International Politics’,
  • Politics of Popular Culture’,
  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2013 Co-Supervisor Shaping the Attitudes of Young people to their Sexual Health Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Katherine Anne Radoslovich
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2012 - 2015 Co-Supervisor Women in Leadership: The Role of Individual Agency in Leadership Career Decisions of Female Executives in South Australian Public Service Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mrs Syeda Nuzhat E Ibrat
    2010 - 2019 Principal Supervisor The Thai State and Sexual Health Policy: Deconstructing the culture of silence and stigmatisation of young people's non-marital heterosexual activity Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Brendan Robert Drew
    2009 - 2017 Principal Supervisor Adam Smith in Immanuel Kant's Moral Philosophy Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Guy Richardson
    2008 - 2017 Co-Supervisor The Subject of Television: A Methodology of Subject-Oriented Textual Analysis Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Jessica Edwards
    2008 - 2012 Principal Supervisor Rethinking Masculinities and Young Age: Primary School Students Constructing Gender Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Clare Bartholomaeus
    2007 - 2014 Co-Supervisor Looking Out for the Aussie Bloke: Gender, Class and Contextualizing the Hegemony of Working-Class Masculinities in Australia. Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Kirsty Whitman
    2005 - 2011 Principal Supervisor A Radical Alternative? A Re-Evaluation of Chantal Mouffe's Radical Democratic Approach Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Leah Skrzypiec
    2005 - 2011 Principal Supervisor Community Gardening As Social Action: The Australian Community Gardening Movement and Repertoires for Change Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Claire Elizabeth Nettle
    2005 - 2018 Principal Supervisor Reconsidering Aboriginal welfare dependency: The Howard Government years through the lens of Postcolonial theory Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Zoe Gordon
    1994 - 2002 Principal Supervisor POLITICISING THE PRODUCTIVE: SUBJECTIVITY, FEMINIST LABOUR THOUGHT AND FOUCAULT Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Wendy Bastalich
    1993 - 2005 Principal Supervisor Emotions and the Prelinguistic Maternal: their Place in Theories of Subjectivity Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Belinda Jane Hewlett Sanders
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2016 - ongoing Member Australian Population and Migration Research Centre, Adelaide University Australia
    2013 - ongoing Australian Gender and Women's Studies Assoc
    2011 - ongoing Australian Political Studies Association
    2010 - 2010 International Sociological Association
  • Editorial Boards

    Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
    2015 - ongoing Editor Editorial Board for international journal, Men & Masculinities
    2015 - ongoing Board Member Advisory Board for NORMA: International Journal for Masculinity Studiesd
    2015 - ongoing Associate Editor Guest Editor for journal, Men & Masculinities
    2015 - ongoing Associate Editor Guest editor for journal, Sexualities
    2013 - ongoing Consulting Editor Consultant editor for journal, Outskirts
    2012 - ongoing Board Member International Advisory board for Routledge Social Justice book series
    2012 - ongoing Consulting Editor Advisory editor, Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Gender & Sexualities Studies
    2011 - ongoing Associate Editor Guest editor for journal, Australian Feminist Studies
    2008 - ongoing Associate Editor Guest editor for journal, Health Sociology Review
  • Position: Adjunct Professor
  • Phone: 83135065
  • Email:
  • Fax: 8313 3443
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Napier, floor 5
  • Room: 5 13
  • Org Unit: Politics and International Relations (POLIR)

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