Staff profile - Claire Charles

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Dr Claire Charles

Position: Senior Lecturer in Education Studies
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Arts & Education
Department: School of Education
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 92446631 +61 3 92446631



  • Bachelor of Arts, Monash University, 2001
  • 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 very happy to be contacted by prospective research students working in areas aligned with my research interests. Here are some PhD projects I am currently involved in supervising:

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

'English teachers and critical literacy in an era of sexualised popular culture' - Jodi Williams (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

My research is concerned with investigating the kinds of young people that are being produced within contemporary educational contexts. Education is broadly conceived within my work and includes attention to young people in schools and universities, as well as other cultural practices and institutions that are pedagogical in nature (eg popular media culture). I have a particular interest in understanding and mapping the kinds of subjectivities young people are invited to take up in neoliberal, post-feminist cultural contexts, and how these subjectivities may be taken up and negotiated by young people, especially in the context of educational programs oriented toward challenging forms of social injustice related to gender, sexualities, class and race. The theoretical resources and methodologies that inform my work are drawn from feminism, post-structuralism, sociology, and cultural studies.

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