Staff profile - Claire Charles

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Dr Claire Charles

Position: Senior Lecturer In Education Studies
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Arts and Education
Department: SoE Arts & Ed
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 924 46631 +61 3 924 46631



  • Bachelor of Arts, Monash University, 2003
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Monash University, 2009


Australian Association for Research in Education
Gender and Education Association


Student supervision

I am currently involved in supervising the following HDR students:

'The role of celebrity in the lives of women over 40' - Tamara Heaney (PhD)

'Feminist pedagogy in the senior literature classroom in an era of sexualised popular culture' - Jodi Williams (PhD)

Imagining interculturality in elite girls' schooling' Kay McCullough (PhD)

'Enterprising subjectivities and intercultural understanding in young people' - Caroline Mahoney (PhD)

'Curriculum Design around Girls’ Digital Popular Culture in Subject English' - Lucinda McKnight (PhD)


Research interests

Research Focus

As a sociologist of education, my research and scholarship focuses on advancing understanding of how contemporary educational contexts are preparing young people to engage with diversity and social justice issues in an era characterised by individualisation. With a strong focus on gender justice and gendered subjectivities, my research investigates an educational sector committed to increasing the participation of marginalised groups, and helping young people to work effectively as citizens in diverse, globalised contexts. These contexts are characterised and complicated by a decline in organised social movements related to class, race and gender, sexualities inequalities in the west. The theoretical resources and methodologies that inform my work are drawn from feminism, post-structuralism, sociology, and cultural studies.

HDR Supervision

I am very happy to be contacted by potential HDR candidates working within my areas of interest.

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