Members / Research Students


Dr Jordan McKenzie, Co-Convenor

Jordan McKenzie completed his PhD at Flinders University and is now a lecturer in Sociology at the University of Wollongong. His research is largely informed by European social and critical theory, and these perspectives contribute to his current research in the sociology of emotion. In particular, Jordan’s work critically engages with the current cultural fascination with happiness and the good life in order to better understand how emotional experience reflects modernization and social change. This research has culminated in his most recent monograph Deconstructing Happiness: Critical Sociology and the Good Life (2016).

Dr Quah Ee Ling Sharon

Quah Ee Ling Sharon is Senior Lecturer in Sociology with School of Humanities and Social Inquiry at the University of Wollongong. She is the author of Perspectives on Marital Dissolution: Divorce Biographies in Singapore (Springer, 2015). Her research focuses on divorce, non-normative families, transnational divorce and families, intimacies, emotions, heteronormativity, genders, masculinities, sexualities, feminist and queer theories, and social policy.​

Dr Roger Patulny, Co-Convenor

Roger Patulny has published widely on topics connected with emotion, wellbeing and gendered time patterns. He was the co-founder of the Australian Sociological Association (TASA) Thematic Group on the Sociology of Emotions and Affect (SEA), and has co-edited three special editions on emotions research since 2012. He is currently working on a UOW-LHA supported project to obtain a baseline estimate of the range and number of emotions and the degree of emotion work regularly undertaken by Australian citizens, using national surveys.

Associate Professor Sarah Sorial

Sarah Sorial has published widely on the expression and regulation of emotion in the public sphere. Her previous ARC research has focused on expressions of ‘hate speech’, its relation to free speech, and the justifiability of legal regulation. Her more recent work focuses on expressions of anger in various deliberative forums, including in courtrooms. It also explores the relationship between anger and self-control, in the context of the defence of provocation. Sarah has recently submitted a paper on anger and the public sphere to be included in an edited collection on the emotions.

Dr Sharon Crozier-De Rosa

Sharon Crozier-De Rosa researches the use of emotions in early twentieth-century political campaigns. She is particularly interested in investigating how emotional tactics shaped or were shaped by feminist, nationalist and imperialist priorities at different sites along the British imperial spectrum. She is currently writing up this research for a book entitled Shame and the Anti-Feminist Backlash: Britain, Ireland and Australia 1890-1920 (Routledge).

Dr Lisa Slater

Lisa Slater is interested in the entangled relationship of settler and Indigenous peoples. Currently, she is writing a monograph, which examines settler colonial anxiety and contemporary Indigeneity. By drawing upon studies of emotion, affect and place making, her book, Close to Home extends theories of postcolonial anxiety, arguing it is an effect of encountering the materiality of Indigeneity.

Professor Louise D’Arcens

Louise Darcens is an ARC Future Fellow for her project “Comic Medievalism and the Modern World”. Her work focuses primarily on mirthful affect, and on trans-temporal emotion, that is, our emotional responses to the past. She has authored five journal articles and one book chapter on mirth and the medieval past, and is currently preparing a proposal for a book called Feeling Medieval: Emotional Responses to the Middle Ages.  She is also an Associate Investigator and leader of the ‘medievalist emotions’ cluster with the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions.

Dr Sue Engel

Susan Engel is interested in international political economy, development theory and practices and Southeast Asian studies. She is interested in the way in which emotions such as shame are used as devices for the implementation of public policy in developing contexts.

Associate Professor Michael Flood

Michael Flood is an ARC Future Fellow researching the primary prevention of violence against women, men and gender, and young men’s heterosexual relations. Flood has offered pioneering analyses of how male-male bonds structure men’s sexual and social relations with women, and made further contributions to the sociology of emotions in publishing on men, emotions, and the perpetration of violence against women, and on families, intimacy, and fathering

Professor Daniel Hutto

Daniel Hutto is co-author of the award-winning Radicalizing Enactivism (MIT, 2013) and editor of Narrative and Understanding Persons (CUP, 2007) and Narrative and Folk Psychology (Imprint Academic, 2009). He is primarily interested in emotional intentionality: how there can be attitudes of ‘feeling towards’ in which the objects of emotions target things, people, events, actions or states of affairs. He is interested in developing an enactive account of the emotions that overcomes the limitations of cognitivist and somatic approaches, but also explains how emotions are intelligent.

Dr Madeleine Kelly

Madeline Kelly is a Lecturer in Visual Arts, TAEM. Her creative work explores the materiality of images and experiments with the ways in which ambiguity in artworks, such as spaces for projection or gaps to be filled, offer a destabalising viewing experience. This withholding of information ultimately guarantees an intellectual and affective involvement that has the power to transgress contingent constraints of power.

Dr Sukhmani Khorana, immediate past co-convenor

Sukhmani Khorana is a Senior Lecturer in Media and Communications. She has applied for an ARC Discovery on the role of the migrant community media sector in fostering healthy migrant integration and resilience in settlement, which draws on contemporary emotions research. Emotions are also relevant to her research in refugee-themed screen texts and ‘ethical witnessing’ that seeks to move beyond the notion of selective ‘empathy’.

Professor Brian Martin

Brian Martin is a Professor of Social Sciences, HSI. He is author of 14 books and hundreds of articles on nonviolent action, dissent, scientific controversies and other topics. He is interested in the role of emotions in the study of social movements and scientific controversies. He has published on the dynamics of outrage against injustice, happiness and the way societies are organised, and the ways in which various emotions affect activists

Dr Siobhan McHugh

Siobhan McHugh is the author of six books and over 60 radio documentaries. Her emotions research investigates the links between aurality and orality in the context of synergies created when ‘raw’ oral history is blended with sonic elements to yield a crafted audio narrative. She is interested in how pacing, intonation, non-verbal interjections, and the blending of sounds can create a rich substrate on which she can plant voice, weave plot and character, and build affective resonances. She has devised a pedagogical concept, ‘The Emotional History’, which provides accelerated learning of audio storytelling by enlisting the six primary emotions described by Ekman

Research Students

Vern Smith

Vern Smith is a PhD candidate at the University of Wollongong, studying the sociology of emotions. His current research project looks at pre-service teacher’s emotion management. He also has a research interest of intimacy in late modernity.

 Zhuqin Feng

Zhuqin Feng is a PhD candidate at the University of Wollongong. Her PhD project is “Guanxi and Chinese Migration Integration: How Guanxi Affects Chinese Migrants’ Integration in Australia”. In migration studies, networks indicate migrants’ integration level into their host country, as these networks might provide migrants with different kinds of resources to solve various settlement issues. Her research has been motivated by how Chinese migrants solve these settlement issues by organizing their networks, and whether guanxi, a unique form of Chinese social network, might impact on Chinese migrants’ integration in Australia. Her research examines the operation of Chinese migrants’ guanxi in Australia through three guanxi development processes: guanxi base, guanxi building and guanxi using, and exploring the social norm aspects of guanxi: face, reciprocity and trust.

Nicolle Brancazio

Nicolle Brancazio is a PhD researcher at the University of Wollongong working on the influence of gender on immediate, pre-reflective phenomenological experience. She is developing this account by looking at the relationships between narrative archetyping, emotional labor, social cognition, embodied cognition, and our perception of affordances.

Adrian Mozeiko

Adrian Mozejko (BSc, MSc, MEd) is a PhD student  who has experience in fields such as international science, business management, and corporate analysis. After teaching secondary science and program coordinating, he became interested in improving collaboration in the teaching profession. He has since co-authored publications in educational technology, and his research now utilises Bourdieu’s thinking tools and Habermas’s concepts of system, lifeworld, and social action, against the background of Connell’s Australian hegemonic masculinity. With enormous interest in collaboration in recent decades, but a lack of consistency in the use of the term and ambiguous usages and meanings, Adrian argues for a distinction between forms of collaboration, based on Habermasian social action.

Jo Oliver

Jo Oliver is a Doctor of Creative Arts student with UOW. Her research project explores, represents and responds to stories of loss and renewal of people in the Illawarra region using creative
practice led methodologies. It identifies and interprets ways by which aural and visual processes construct and communicate story.
The project involves a series of interviews with participants willing to talk about their memories of loss and hope. Aural recordings
and photographs from the interviews are sources for a creative body of work presented in an exhibition. Audio and visual mediums
use varying materiality to creatively explore the stories as narratives and respond to their interactions as intersubjective

Esther Alloun

Esther Alloun is a PhD student with School of Humanities and Social Inquiry at UOW. Her research investigates the emergence and rapid rise of veganism and animal activism within the context of Palestine-Israel, and how questions of race, nationalism and settler colonialism are connected to animal politics. She is also interested in the cultural and
political work emotions do within social movements.

Kai Ruo Soh

Kai Rou Soh is a PhD candidate with the School of the Arts, English and Media at the University of Wollongong. Her research explores international collaborations within the Chinese film industry and the reception from digital media audiences. Her research mainly examines user-generated content on social networking sites to understand the reception of international collaborations within the Chinese film industry. Kai’s personal interest on the construction of emotions has led her contribution to several research projects and becoming a member of CERN.

Members / Research Students