I was an Associate Professor and Australian Research Council Future Fellow at the History Department of Sydney University (2012-2017), prior to which I was a senior lecturer in the Science Studies Unit of the Science, Technology, Innovation and Development subject group at the University of Edinburgh, UK (2003-2012), where I taught history of the human sciences and Sociology of Scientific Knowledge. Previously I was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at University College, London (2000-2003), before which I lectured in the Unit for the History and Philosophy of Science, Sydney University (1999-2000). I have also been: Senior Visiting Research Fellow, Tembusu College and the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore (2012), Visiting Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Universidad de Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia (2009), Parsons Visiting Fellow, University of Sydney Law School (2009), Visiting Fellow, Centre for the History of European Discourses, University of Queensland (2009), Gästforskare [visiting researcher], Department of Historical Studies, Umeå University, Sweden (2006), Visiting Researcher, Royal Society of Edinburgh/Polish Academy of Sciences Academic Exchange Programme 2005), Visiting Research Fellow, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Unit, University of Texas, Austin (2002) and Visiting Research Fellow, Medical Humanities Institute, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston (2001). My work has been published in many academic journals, including History of Psychiatry, Journal for the History of Sexuality, Medical History, History of Science, and the Times Literary Supplement. Some of my work can be found here:
In October 2017, I left academia for personal and political reasons, and am now a cook in a queer café in Sydney, but I am keen to draw on my extensive knowledge of the history of sexuality, psychiatry and the body to collaborate with others who are involved in non-academic research in my areas of interest (I want to reach out of the privileged position that I occupied for so long, and to engage with people – collaborating with artists is one such way). In time I came to learn that there are many ways to know about the world – academia was one that served me well, but now I am looking for something else. My particular interests are: sadomasochism, history of sexology (particularly the construction of sexual perversions, the subject of my PhD), history of transcultural psychiatry, Michel Foucault, Berlin techno, queer sex parties, yoga, cities, cooking and gardening.
I am currently working on an art book about queer BDSM with print maker Eric Avery (www.docart.com) and am an advisor on Joanna Bourke’s Wellcome-funded project, Sexual Violence, Medicine and Psychiatry (Birkbeck College, London, 2018-2023).