Staff profile - Kim Toffoletti

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Dr Kim Toffoletti

Position: Senior Lecturer In Sociology
role description
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Arts and Education
Department: SHSS Arts & Ed
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 924 43986 +61 3 924 43986



Dr Kim Toffoletti is a leading figure in the study of women's sport fandom.

Her research brings together feminist, sociological and media studies approaches to explore gender identities and representations in the areas of popular culture, sport and leisure. Her latest book is Sport and Its Female Fans (2012, Routledge). She is also the author of Baudrillard Reframed (2011, I.B.Tauris) and Cyborgs and Barbie Dolls (2007, I.B.Tauris).

In 2012 Kim was awarded a research fellowship at The Five College Women's Studies Research Center in Massachusetts, USA, to study cinematic depictions of women sport fans.

She is currently a senior lecturer in Sociology in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Deakin University. She was the director of Deakin's Gender Studies program from 2005-2008.


  • Bachelor of Arts, Monash University, 1997
  • Doctorate by Research, Monash University, 2003


Professional associations

  • Australian Women and Gender Studies Association (AWGSA)
  • The Australian Sociological Association (TASA)
  • North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (NASSS)

Committee memberships at Deakin

  • 2015 Faculty Student Misconduct Committee
  • 2010 Faculty of Arts Equity and Diversity Advisory Group
  • 2006 Access, Equity and Equal Opportunity Subcommittee
  • 2005 Faculty of Arts Teaching and Learning Committee.


Teaching Interests

Bachelor of Arts.

Subjects and units currently teaching

Trimester 1

  • ASC207 Consumer Society and Sustainable Futures


Trimester 2

  • ASC102 Introduction to Sociology B

Knowledge areas

My research is interdisciplinary, drawing on:

  • gender studies
  • sociology
  • visual and media culture.

The knowledge I produce is informed by transnational, cross-cultural and postfeminist paradigms.

I have published widely in the areas of sport sociology, critical feminist theory and Baudrillard studies. My research into female sport fans has been cited in reports for major sport organisations such as FIFA, the North American NFL and  the AFL.

Student supervision

Recent PhD completions include:

  • J. Watson, 'Re-visioning Bisexuality: Rhizomatic Cartographies of Sex, Gender and Sexuality' (principal supervisor)
  • B.Fitzpatrick, 'Rejecting Sexual Violence in Conflict' (associate supervisor).

In 2013 my honours student, Alexandra James, was awarded best honours thesis by The Australian Sociological Association. Her project was entitled 'Fashioning the Vagina in a Pornified Culture'.

Media appearances

I provide expert commentary and written opinion to news sources like The Age, The Daily Telegraph, The Conversation and ABC Radio on issues concerning gender and popular culture, as well as women fans of sport.

In 2010 I was invited to give the Pamela Denoon Lecture at The Australian National University on the topic of 'footballers behaving badly'. This keynote public address aims to raise awareness of women's issues in Australia.

Related Links

Sociology@Deakin blog:


Research projects

I am writing a book about female sports fandom that uses sport sociology and transnational feminist paradigms to analyse female sport fan experiences and representations across the globe. This project builds on my ongoing research interest in female sport fans (particularly fans of the Australian Football League). Titled Women Sport Fans: Identification, Participation, Representation, it will be published by Routledge in 2016.

HDR supervision
I supervise a number of PhD projects, all of which are centrally concerned with gender identity, relations and politics. I bring to these projects expertise in the study of gender representations in popular media texts, a deep knowledge of feminist theory, and methodological skills in qualitative research and textual analysis.

I am interested in supervising doctoral students in my knowledge areas of gender, feminism, popular culture and sport.

Research interests

  • Representations of gender in media, sport, and popular culture
  • Women sport fans, especially female supporters of Australian Rules football
  • Gender, technology and the body
  • Posthuman studies
  • The writings of Jean Baudrillard.

Research groups

I am a member of the Processes of Signification research group in the Faculty of Arts and Education at Deakin University.

Research page



I have written three books:

  • Sport and Its Female Fans, London: Routledge, 2012 (with P.Mewett)



  • Cyborgs and Barbie Dolls: Feminism, Popular Culture and the Posthuman Body, London: I.B.Tauris, 2007.

A full list of my publications can be found by clicking on the link below.

Link to publications

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