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Executive Committee

The TASA Executive Committee (EC) governs the Association and manages its daily business as outlined in the Constitution and by established policies. A copy of TASA’s Organisational Chart can be viewed here.

2015 – 2016

President: Katie Hughes







Associate Professor Katie Hughes
B.A. (HONS) (Victoria University of Wellington) Dip.Ad.Ed (University of Nottingham) Cert TESL (Massey University), MA (University of Melbourne), PhD (La Trobe University).

Katie Hughes has published widely in the area of educational disadvantage and socially-inclusive pedagogy, and is currently engaged in research on the ways in which universities productively engage with first-in-family students to enhance their first year at university and overcome the transition from high school.

She is the co-author of a market-leading Sociology text: Australian Sociology: A Changing Society which is now in its 4th edition. Her latest book is Hughes, K. (2017) Encouraging Diversity in Higher Education: Supporting Student Success, London: Routledge.

Katie is a board member of the Council for Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.

Having worked at Victoria University and the Australian Catholic University, Katie is currently the Associate Director of Learning, Teaching and Innovation at Monash College, Melbourne.


Immediate Past President: Jo Lindsay







Jo Lindsay is Associate Professor and convenor of Sociology in the School of Social Sciences at Monash University. Jo specialises in the sociology of families, youth and the environment. Her research interests include families and consumption, gender relations, youth transitions and social change. Environmental sociology is a new field of engagement and she is conducting research on the social dynamics of water use. Her recent books include Consuming families: Buying, making, producing family life in the 21st century with JaneMaree Maher (Routledge) and Families, relationships and intimate life 2nd Edn with Deborah Dempsey (Oxford).

Vice-President: Dan Woodman

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Dr Dan Woodman is the TR Ashworth Senior Lecturer in Sociology in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne. As well as Vice President of TASA he is Vice President for Australia, New Zealand and Oceania of the Research Committee for the Sociology of Youth within the International Sociological Association. His work focuses on the sociology of generations, social change, and the impact of insecure work and variable employment patterns on people’s relationships. His recent books include Youth and Generation (Sage) and the four volume collection Youth and Young Adulthood (Routledge).

Secretary: Joshua Roose

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Dr Joshua Roose is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Religion, Politics and Society at the Australian Catholic University and a Visiting Scholar at the Harvard Law School’s East Asian Legal Studies Program (2014-2016).

Key areas of focus include Islam in the West, Religion and Law, multiculturalism, citizenship and labour movements. Joshua is the Law section editor for the Wiley Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Social Theory due for release in 2015. His forthcoming book Political Islam and Masculinity (Palgrave) is also due for release in 2015.

Treasurer: Kristin Natalier







I currently work as a Senior Lecturer in Sociology in the School of Sociology and Social Work, University of Tasmania. I am a qualitative researcher, working within an interpretive frame to explore how people make sense of the challenges they face in their day-to-day lives in a context of social and personal change. I have published widely on the social meanings of child support money and policy and am currently developing a history of affect in child support in Australia. I also write on homelessness and housing insecurity; this work has been funded through a series of Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute grants.

Public Engagement Portfolio Leader: Luke Gahan







Luke Gahan is a researcher at the Bouverie Centre, Victoria’s Family Institute, La Trobe University and is the co-convenor of the TASA Family, Relationships and Gender Thematic group. Luke is also the Victorian Director of the National LGBTI Health Alliance and a board member of the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives. His research has focused on separation, same-sex parenting, same-sex attracted young people, and LGBTI people and religion/spirituality, and he has lectured and tutored at Melbourne, Swinburne, RMIT, and La Trobe universities. His recent work includes the book, Heaven Bent: Australian Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex experiences of faith, religion and spirituality (Clouds of Magellan, 2013).

Digital Media Portfolio Leader: Brady Robards

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Brady Robards is a lecturer in sociology at the University of Tasmania. His research explores how young people use and thus produce the social web. Brady’s most recent work includes journal articles in New Media & SocietyM/CYoung, and Sociology. Brady’s recent books include Mediated Youth Cultures (Palgrave, 2014) and Teaching Youth Studies Through Popular Culture (Clearinghouse for Youth Studies, 2014). To find out more, visit Brady’s website


Thematic Group Portfolio Leader: Karen Soldatic

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Karen Soldatic is the National Director of Teaching for the Centre for Social Impact based at the UNSW Australia, Kensington Campus. Karen’s research interests consolidate around the issue of disability. How is disability defined and valued in social policy? Who decides who gets what resources and how they should be distributed? And how do differing civil society actors advocate for policy change? In considering these questions, Karen’s research traverses critical issues of social categorization and practices of value-oriented identity formation, attempting to capture their ambiguity, fragility and opacity.

Postgraduate Portfolio Leader: Christina Malatzky

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Dr Christina Malatzky is a Research Fellow in Culture and Rural Health at the University of Melbourne. Her background is in gender relations and discourses of contemporary femininities and maternities. She has been a TASA member since 2011 and graduated from her doctoral studies in 2013 at Murdoch University in Western Australia. Her current research interests include the cultures of rural health services, discourses of rural health and gender and rurality.

JoS Editor in Chief: Alphia Possamai-Inesedy







Alphia Possamai-Inesedy was awarded her PhD in 2006 on the sociology of reproduction and the risk society at the University of Western Sydney.  She has published on this topic and on sociology of religion. Read on…

HSR Editor in Chief: Joanne Bryant


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Christy Newman

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HSR Joint Editors: Joanne Bryant and Christy Newman

Joanne Bryant and Christy Newman are both senior research fellows at the Centre for Social Research in Health located in Arts and Social Sciences at UNSW Australia.

Joanne’s disciplinary background is in sociology and critical public health, with a particular interest in concepts of identity and agency, gender, youth and citizenship. Her main areas of research include illicit and injecting drug use among vulnerable youth populations including homeless and disenfranchised young people, and Indigenous youth.

Christy is a qualitative social researcher with a broad interest in the provision and uptake of medicine ‘at the margins’, particularly HIV and other stigmatised infections. Conceptual interests include lay and expert perspectives on health and medicine, responsibilisation and citizenship processes in health care, gender, sexuality and culture in health care, and popular health cultures and representations.

Nexus Editor: Eileen Clark

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Eileen Clark came to sociology as a mature-aged student and spent 20 years working in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the Wodonga campus of La Trobe University, where she taught a range of subjects including research methods and an introduction to academic writing. In 2009 she left full-time work and set up her own micro business working as a proofreader and editor. Her main areas of research have been in mental health and environmental issues, and she is looking at aspects of genealogy through a sociological lens.

2013 - 2014

President: Jo Lindsay

Jo Lindsay is Associate Professor and Convenor of Sociology in the School of Political and Social Inquiry (PSI) at Monash University. Read on…

Immediate Past President – Debra King

Debra King is a Senior Research Fellow in the National Institute of Labour Studies at Flinders University.  Read on…

Vice-President – Katie Hughes

Katie Hughes works at Victoria University where she is currently Associate Professor, Socially Inclusive Education in the Victoria Institute for Education, Diversity and Lifelong Learning. Read on…

Secretary – Theresa Petray

Theresa Petray lectures in sociology at James Cook University in Townsville.  Her primary research interest is social movements, activism and protest. Read on…

Treasurer – Kristin Natalier

Kristin Natalier currently works as a Senior Lecturer in Sociology in the School of Sociology and Social Work, University of Tasmania. Read on…

Postgraduate Representative – Karen Soldatic

Karen Soldatic is a Lecturer within the School of Social Sciences, University of New South Wales and is also the Program Convenor for the Master of Policy Studies. Read on…

Thematic Group Convener – Grazyna Zajdow

Grazyna Zajdow is Associate Professor of Sociology at Deakin University. She teaches at all levels of sociology from first year to honours. Read on…

Multimedia – Dina Bowman

Dina Bowman is a senior manager in the research and policy centre at the Brotherhood of St Laurence.  Read on…

Public Engagement – Nick Osbaldiston

Nick Osbaldiston is a lecturer in Sociology at Monash University. Nick is the co-editor of Nexus with Kirsten Harley. Read on…

Journal of Sociology Editor in Cheif – Alphia Possamai-Inesedy

Alphia Possamai-Inesedy was awarded her PhD in 2006 on the sociology of reproduction and the risk society at the University of Western Sydney. Read on…

Health Sociology Review Editor in Chief – Julie Henderson

Julie Henderson is a Research Fellow in the School of Nursing & Midwifery at Flinders University working in the area of Primary Health Care. Her current research focus is upon food regulation and trust in the food system and chronic disease self-management. She also has a long standing interest in the sociology of mental health and the mental health workforce.

Nexus Editor – Sue Malta

Sue Malta believes that ageing is a stage of life that should be valued and celebrated. Her current position as a researcher at the not-for-profit National Ageing Research Institute in Parkville enables her to pursue research and evaluation projects across a variety of government and community sector partnerships, which have fundamental impacts at a grass roots level. Read on…