Dr Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Senior Lecturer

Faculty

Faculty of Health

Department

School of Health & Soc. Dev.

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Qualifications

Bachelor of Arts, University of Adelaide, 1981
Diploma of Education, University of Adelaide, 1982
Graduate Diploma of Arts in Women's Studies, SA College of Adv. Education, 1990
Master of Arts (Women's Studies), University of Adelaide, 1992
Doctor of Philosophy, Univ. of Technology Sydney, 2000

Biography

Dr Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli has gained national and international recognition as a writer, researcher, lecturer and consultant in the issues of cultural diversity, gender diversity, sexual diversity, family diversity, HIV/AIDS, and social diversity in health and education, with a specific focus on adolescence and young people.

In 1999, Maria was honoured with the title of Lifelong Honorary Patron of
PFLAG Victoria.

    Maria is also an External Faculty Member of Saybrook University ,                 San Francisco (upon invitation in 2002), teaching and supervising in its  postgraduate programs on sexual and gender diversity in health and 
  education.
                
  In 2003, Maria was invited to become a Founding Member of AGMC (Australian GLBTIQ Multicultural Council), an umbrella organisation supporting culturally and religiously diverse GLBTIQ communities, services and organisations in Australia, and which has been recognised as a member of FECCA (Federation of Ethnic Communities Councils of Australia).  

                     In 2014, Maria was invited to the Board of the National LGBTI Health Alliance, Research and Ethics Standards group, and to the Victoria Police LGBTI Reference Group and the Victoria Police Multicultural Portfolio Reference Group.

               Apart from her teaching and supervision (at both undergraduate and  
postgraduate level), research and writing, Maria is regularly called upon to act as a consultant in educational, workplace, youth services, health services and community service settings. Maria is also regularly invited to speak at diverse community, educational, organizational and other functions and conferences, and in various media such as television, radio and newspaper.

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Career highlights

• A semi-autobiographical book, Someone You Know (Adelaide: Wakefield Press, 1991; new edition 2002) was Australia's first AIDS biography. All royalties donated to Bobby Goldsmith Foundation for People Living With AIDS.

• In 1990-1991, Maria was the first Australian person to undertake empirical research and publish about sexual diversity in relation to ethnicity.

• In 1996-1997, Maria’s research-based papers on ethnicity and gender were included in two Australian educational policy documents: the MCEETYA (Ministerial Council for Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs) Gender Equity: A Framework For Australian Schools (1997), and the New South Wales Department of School Education Gender Equity Strategy 1996-2001. 

• In 1998, Maria researched, compiled and edited the book Girls’ Talk: Young Women Speak Their Hearts and Minds (Finch Publishing, Sydney), the first Australian book by and for girls and young women that is culturally and sexually inclusive.

• In 1999, Maria’s autobiographical novel, Tapestry (Random House) was shortlisted for the ACT Young Adult Read Award as voted by secondary school students in the ACT. It was also shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Award Ethnic Affairs Commission category for 2000; and the Children’s Book Council Award Non-Fiction Category for 2000.

• In 1999, Maria was honoured with the title of Lifelong Honorary Patron for PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) Victoria, Australia.

• In 2001, Maria’s book Boys’ Stuff: Boys Talking About What Matters (Allen & Unwin), co-researched and co-edited with Dr Wayne Martino from Murdoch University, Perth, was the first Australian book by and for boys and young men that is culturally and sexually inclusive. The book was shortlisted for the Western Australian Premier’s Award; won the Australian Book Design Award in the Educational Texts for Young People Category ; and achieved a  Highly Commended in the Australian Award for Excellence in Educational Publishing. It was also nominated for a Human Rights Award. The book has also been listed in the Australian Centre for Youth Literature’s “150 Years,150 Books: Victoria’s Most Treasured Books” list.

• In 2003, Open University Press selected Maria and colleague Wayne Martino’s book, So What’s A Boy? Issues of Masculinity in Education to launch at the American Educational Researchers Association conference in Chicago on April 21st.  The book has now been translated into Spanish by Octaedro Publishers.

• In 2003, Maria was nominated for the Deakin University Postgraduate Supervisor Award.

• In 2006, Maria was contacted by the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction, Special Collections, Indiana University to allow her research data, documents, and publications to be held there for future scholars.

• In 2006, Maria’s book When Our Children Come Out, was accepted for translation and publication in Spanish by Equipo Difusor Del Libro, Spain.

• In 2008, Maria published her first novel, Love You Two, which was Australia’s, and internationally, first young adult novel to explore bisexuality and polyamory within a multicultural setting. In 2010, the book won the Bisexual Category of the Lambda Literary Awards.

• In 2010, Maria published Border Sexualities, Border Families in Schools which was Australia’s first academic book on bisexual students and polyamorous families in their negotiations with educational systems. In 2011, the book won the Bisexual Non-fiction Category of the Lambda Literary Awards.

Research interests

Dr Pallotta-Chiarolli's research is primarily concerned with marginal and vulnerable groups in relation to gender diversity, cultural diversity, family diversity and sexual diversity, and the links to social, emotional, mental and sexual health. With a specific focus on youth and women, Dr Pallotta-Chiarolli conducts qualitative ethnographic research which is largely a collaboration with participants in order to produce user-friendly resource texts as well as academic and non-academic publications. She is regularly called upon to act as a consultant in educational, workplace, health services and community service settings. Maria is also regularly invited to speak at diverse community, educational, organizational and other functions and conferences, and in various media such as television, radio and newspaper.

Affiliations

Australian Multicultural GLBTIQ Council

A member upon invitation of Saybrook Graduate Research Centre, San Francisco, as External Faculty Member


Member of the Board of the National LGBTI Health Alliance, Research and Ethics Standards group,

Member of  the Victoria Police LGBTI Reference Group

Member of the Victoria Police Multicultural Portfolio Reference Group.

Teaching interests


Unit HSH 313 Contemporary Health Issues

Current PhD students:

Julie Peters: An Autoethnographic Study of Gender Non-Conformists and Cultural   Discourses (at the writing stage)

 Annemarie Nevill: The Way to Healing – A Return to Home: Exploring the path of older Khmer women genocide survivors ( at the writing stage)

Joy Phillips: Aging Lesbian Women and Aged Care Facilities (at data collection stage)

Petrina Smith: Cross-Cultural Lesbian Relationships (successfully achieved Confirmation of Candidature)

 Tricia Ong: “Trafficked into the Sex Industry: Young Nepalese Women and Reproductive Health”, (at Ethics stage)

 Rebecca Stockdale: preparing Research Proposal

 Tony Romanelli: preparing Research Proposal


 

Knowledge areas

cultural diversity, gender diversity, sexual diversity, family diversity, HIV/AIDS, and social diversity in health and education

Awards

1991: recognised as writing Australias first AIDS biography, Someone You Know, (Wakefield Press).

1999: honoured with the title of Lifelong Honorary Patron of PFLAG Victoria.

1999, her autobiographical novel, Tapestry (Random House) was shortlisted for the ACT Young Adult Read Award as voted by secondary school students in the ACT. It was also shortlisted for the NSW Premiers Award Ethnic Affairs Commission category for 2000; and the Childrens Book Council Award Non-Fiction Category for 2000.

2001, her book Boys Stuff: Boys Talking About What Matters (Allen & Unwin), co-researched and co-edited with Dr Wayne Martino from Murdoch University, Perth, was shortlisted for the Western Australian Premiers Award; won the Australian Book Design Award in the Educational Texts for Young People Category ; and achieved a Highly Commended in the Australian Award for Excellence in Educational Publishing. It was also nominated for a Human Rights Award. The book has also been listed in the Australian Centre for Youth Literatures 150 Years,150 Books: Victorias Most Treasured Books list.

 

• In 2008, Maria published her first novel, Love You Two, which was Australia’s, and internationally, first young adult novel to explore bisexuality and polyamory within a multicultural setting. In 2010, the book won the Bisexual Category of the Lambda Literary Awards.

• In 2010, Maria published Border Sexualities, Border Families in Schools which was Australia’s first academic book on bisexual students and polyamorous families in their negotiations with educational systems. In 2011, the book won the Bisexual Non-fiction Category of the Lambda Literary Awards.


 

Projects

Dr Pallotta-Chiarolli serves on the editorial board of the following journals:

Journal of Bisexuality

Journal of LGBT Youth

Psychology and Sexuality

Her current projects are:

•a)1999- co-Principal Investigator with Ms Sara Lubowitz, Convenor of the Women of Bisexual Partners Network, on a Deakin University funded project entitled, “Women with Bisexual Male Partners: the negotiation of sexual, emotional and social health”. Workshops and interviews with women and with health and relationship services were conducted as well as preparing material for journal articles and book publications. A book contract has been signed with Lexington Books to be published in 2016.

b) “Wogarigines”: life stories and oral histories of indigenous Australians with Mediterranean heritages


c)  “Re-introducing pre-colonial and pre-Christian histories of gender and sexual diversity”: developing CALD GLBTIQ anti-homophobic understandings and strategies


d) “Agedo”: The experiences of Italian parents and families of GLBTIQ young people in Italy and Australia: a comparative analysis

Publications

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2016

Erasure, exclusion by inclusion, and the absence of intersectionality: introducing bisexuality in education

Dr Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli

(2016), pp. 7-17, Bisexuality in education : erasure, exclusion and the absence of intersectionality, London, Eng., B1

chapter
2015

"The problem is that he's a man, not that he's bisexual": women discussing bi-masculinities and bi-misogyny

Dr Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli

(2015), pp. 268-283, Engaging Men in Building Gender Equality, , B1

chapter

“And yet we are still excluded”: reclaiming multicultural queer histories and engaging with contemporary multicultural queer realities

Lian Low, Dr Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli

(2015), pp. 169-184, Cultural, religious and political contestations: the multicultural challenge, Cham, Switzerland, B1

chapter
2014

Putting families of origin into the queer picture : introducing this special issue

Chiara Bertone, Dr Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli

(2014), Vol. 10, pp. 1-14, Journal of GLBT Family Studies, London, England, C1

journal

Living the rainbow : 'Queerying' Muslim identities

Ms Sekneh Beckett, Alyena Mohummadally, Dr Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli

(2014), pp. 96-106, Education integration challenges : the case of Australian Muslims, Melbourne, Vic., B1

chapter

Erasure, exclusion by inclusion, and the absence of intersectionality: introducing bisexuality in education

Dr Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli

(2014), Vol. 14, pp. 7-17, Journal of bisexuality, London, England, C1

journal

New rules, no rules, old rules or our rules : women designing mixed-orientation relationships with bisexual men

Dr Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli

(2014), pp. 91-106, The politics of recognition and social justice : transforming subjectivities and new forms of resistance, New York, NY, B1

chapter

Recognition, resistance and reconstruction : an introduction to subjectivities and social justice

Dr Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli, Prof Bob Pease

(2014), pp. 1-23, The politics of recognition and social justice : transforming subjectivities and new forms of resistance, New York, NY, B1

chapter
2013

"These are our children" : polyamorous parenting

Dr Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli, Peter Haydon, Anne Hunter

(2013), pp. 117-131, LGBT parent families : innovations in research and implications for practice, New York, N. Y., B1

chapter
2011

You're too queer for the straights and now too queer for the gays!

Dr Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli

(2011), Vol. 11, pp. 566-570, Journal of bisexuality, Philadelphia, Pa., C1-1

journal
2010

To pass, border or pollute

Dr Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli

(2010), pp. 182-187, Understanding non-monogamies, New York, N.Y., B1

chapter

Border sexualities, border families in schools

Dr Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli

(2010), Lanham, Md., A1

book
2009

Exclusion by inclusion : bisexual young people, marginalisation and mental health in relation to substance abuse

Dr Erik Martin, Dr Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli

(2009), pp. 143-153, Theorizing social exclusion, Abingdon, England, B1-1

chapter

The boys on the sexul borders

Dr Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli

(2009), Vol. 3, pp. 129-136, THYMOS : journal of boyhood studies, Harriman, TN, C1

journal

"Which sexuality? Which service?" : bisexual young people's experiences with youth, queer and mental health services in Australia

Dr Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli, Dr Erik Martin

(2009), Vol. 6, pp. 199-222, Journal of L G B T Youth : an international quarterly devoted to research, policy, theory, and practice, Oxon, England, C1

journal

Commercial sex work, survival sex, sexual violence and HIV/AIDS prevention in Arumeru District, Arusha region Of Tanzania

Dr Andre Renzaho, Dr Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli

(2009), Vol. 2, pp. 27-38, Open tropical medicine journal, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal

'The C Words': clitorises, childhood and challenging compulsory heterosexuality discourses with pre-service primary teachers

Greg Curran, Steph Chiarolli, Dr Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli

(2009), Vol. 9, pp. 155-168, Sex education, London, England, C1

journal
2008

International perspectives on bisexuality : an introduction

Ronald C. Fox, Leo Goetstouwers, Dr Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli

(2008), Vol. 8, pp. 3-8, Journal of bisexuality, Binghamton, N. Y., C1-1

journal

After midnight, a morning

Dr Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli

(2008), Vol. 34, pp. 52-54, Hecate: an interdisciplinary journal of women's liberation, St Lucia, Qld., C1

journal

Love you two

Dr Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli

(2008), North Sydney, N.S.W., J1-1

works
2007

Schooling, normalisation, and gendered bodies : adolescent boys' and girls' experiences of gender and schooling

Wayne Martino, Dr Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli

(2007), pp. 347-374, International handbook of student experience in elementary and secondary school, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, B1

chapter
2006

On the borders of sexuality research: young people who have sex with both males and females

Dr Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli

(2006), Vol. 3, pp. 79-86, Journal of gay & lesbian issues in education, Binghamton, NY, C1

journal

Polyparents having children, raising children, schooling children

Dr Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli

(2006), Vol. 7, pp. 48-53, Lesbian and gay psychology review, Leicester, England, C1

journal
2005

We're the x-files : bisexual students 'messing up tidy sex files'

Dr Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli

(2005), pp. 17-36, Sexuality, sport and the culture of risk, Oxford, England, B1

chapter

When our children come out : how to support gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered young people

Dr Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli

(2005), Sydney, N.S.W., A1

book

Being normal is the only way to be : adolescent perspectives on gender and school

Wayne Martino, Dr Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli

(2005), Sydney, N.S.W, A1

book
2004

Take four pioneering poly women : a review of three classical texts on polyamory

Dr Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli

(2004), Vol. 4, pp. 227-234, Journal of bisexuality, Binghamton, NY, C1

journal

Men are tougher, bigger, and they don't act real girlie : indigenous boys defining and interrogating masculinities

Wayne Martino, Dr Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli

(2004), Vol. 6, pp. 143-160, Balayi: culture, law and colonialism, Sydney, N.S.W., C1

journal

Weaving textual tapestries: weaving the 'Italian woman-writer' into the social fabric

Dr Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli

(2004), pp. 152-168, Across genres, generations and borders : Italian women writing lives, Newark, Del., B1

chapter
2003

Outside belonging : multi-sexual relationships as border existence

Dr Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli, Sara Lubowitz

(2003), Vol. 3, pp. 55-85, Journal of bisexuality, Binghamton, NY, C1

journal

So what's a boy? : addressing issues of masculinity and schooling

Wayne Martino, Dr Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli

(2003), Maidenhead, England, A1

book
2002

Boys and girls talking about what matters: student voice as text in the English classroom

Wayne Martino, Dr Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli

(2002), pp. 54-68, English in Australia, Australia, C1

journal
2001

Gender performativity and normalizing practices

Wayne Martino, Dr Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli

(2001), pp. 87-119, Unseen genders : beyond the binaries, New York, NY., B1

chapter