Michelle joined the School of Social Science in 2012 as a lecturer in sociology. She received her PhD in Sociology from the University of Alberta in November, 2011. Her PhD research focused Australian single mothers' experiences of welfare to work using a governmentality approach.
In 2013 to 2014 she worked on the evaluation of Australia's first publically funded paternity leave scheme, Dad and Partner Pay and is one of the lead authors on the evaluation report. Publications from that project also include articles and conference papers on gendered norms around parent-infant bonding, and the influence of workplace norms on fathers' leave taking decisions.
Currently she is lead CI on an ARC Discovery project entitled Addressing childcare flexibility, and is leading a cross-disciplinary, collaborative publishing project on ethnography, neoliberalism and governmentality. The ARC project examines how the problem of childcare flexibility and inflexibility is experienced and framed at three levels; families, childcare service providers and policy makers. The project on ethnography, neoliberalism and governmentality has involved a special issue of Foucault Studies and a forthcoming edited collection with University of Toronto Press.
Michelle is an associate editor of the Journal of Family Studies. Follow on Twitter @JFamStudies