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John McKinnon Adjunct Senior Lecturer
School of Arts and Social Sciences Dr John Lismore
Philip McLaren Adjunct Professor
School of Arts and Social Sciences Dr Philip Lismore
Baden Offord Adjunct Professor 02 6620 3162
School of Arts and Social Sciences Professor Baden Offord currently holds the Haruhisa Handa Chair of Human Rights, is Director of the Centre for Human Rights Education and Professor of Cultural Studies and Human Rights at Curtin University (since 2015). He is also Adjunct Professor of Cultural Studies at Southern Cross University.

Born in Aotearoa/NZ of Maori and Pakeha heritage. He was educated at The University of Sydney, Australian National University and Southern Cross University.

Baden is an internationally recognized specialist in sexuality, human rights and culture. His work on LGBTQ human rights in Southeast Asia and Australia is widely cited. In 2012 he was a sponsored speaker to the 14th EU-NGO Human Rights Forum in Brussels and conducted a lecture tour of Japan sponsored by the Australian Prime Minister's Educational Assistance Funds post the Great Eastern Tohoku Earthquake in 2011.


Baden's research focuses on questions of identity, social justice, sexuality and gender, human rights, diversity and pedagogy. His research cuts across the fields of Cultural Studies, Asian studies, Australian Studies. He sees culture as the crucial fabric of political and social life.

He was the 2010-2011 Chair (Visiting Professor) in Australian Studies, The University of Tokyo and has held Visiting positions to universities in Spain, New Zealand, Australia, India and the United States.

His book, Homosexual Rights as Human Rights: Activism in Indonesia, Singapore and Australia (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2003), won the George Duncan Memorial Award in 2005. In 2006 he received a Manning Clark House Honourable Mention for an Outstanding Contribution to Australian Culture.

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The Review of Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies

Coolabah, Observatori: Centre d'Estudis Australians

International Journal of Sexuality and Gender Studies


A recipient of several national teaching awards, Baden teaches Cultural Studies in the Bachelor of Arts. He has had many Honours students and 12 PhD student completions with projects on gender and LGBTQ identity, cultural citizenship, surfing culture, refugees, Indigenous and critical pedagogy, journalism ethics, decolonisation, creative writing, ecocultural studies, activism, belonging, Buddhism and Foucault, critical race studies, human rights. He welcomes new Honours, MA and PhD students.

Student Reflections on Making a Difference in the World


Since 1997 he has provided expert testimony pro bono for more than 47 asylum cases by LGBT Southeast Asians in the USA & to the Canadian government and CNN.

Board Member, Centre for Australian Studies, University of Barcelona, Spain.

Prior to his academic career he worked for The Theosophical Society in Chennai, India, from 1986-1988, lecturing widely on Buddhism, Advaita Vedanta and contemporary Indian philosophies.

His passwords for life are curiosity and compassion. BA(Hons), BA(Syd), PhD(SCU) Baden BA(Hons), BA(Syd), PhD(SCU) Lismore
Geoff Page Adjunct Senior Lecturer
School of Arts and Social Sciences Dr Geoff Lismore
Linda Rosenman Adjunct Professor
School of Arts and Social Sciences Professor Linda Gold Coast
Jessie Seymour Adjunct Lecturer
School of Arts and Social Sciences Miss DipJourn, BA(Hons)(SCU), GradDipEd(SCU) Jessie DipJourn, BA(Hons)(SCU), GradDipEd(SCU) Lismore
Elizabeth Stephens Adjunct Professor 61 2 6626 9331
School of Arts and Social Sciences Professor I am Associate Professor in Cultural Studies and Deputy Head of School (Research) in the School of Arts and Social Sciences at Southern Cross University. My research focuses on queer and gender studies, and the histories of science, medicine, and technology. My publications include two monographs: Anatomy as Spectacle: Public Exhibitions of the Body, from 1700 to the Present (Liverpool UP, 2011; paperback 2013) and Queer Writing: Homoeroticism in Jean Genet's Fiction (Palgrave 2009). I have also edited the collection Anatomical Imag(inari)es: The Cultural Impact of Medical Imaging Technologies (special issue of Somatechnics, 2012), Embodiment and the Archival Imaginary (special issue of Australian Feminist Studies, 2010), and Male Bodies (special issue of Men and Masculinities, 2007). I am currently working on two monographs: A Critical Genealogy of Normality, and Technology and the Training of the Senses (both funded by the ARC). I am also currently involved in a series of collaborative projects with SymbioticA, the Centre of Excellence in the Biological Arts at UWA. A full list of my publications can be accessed at my academia page, linked above. BA(Hons)(Curtin), PhD(Macq) Elizabeth BA(Hons)(Curtin), PhD(Macq) Lismore
Elizabeth Stops Adjunct Lecturer
School of Arts and Social Sciences Ms Elizabeth Lismore