Professor Jennifer Rutherford is a sociologist, literary scholar and essayist working broadly in the field of psycho-social poetics, with a particular focus on Australian literature and race relations. Her works and research interests explore narrative, memory and place-making, the slowness of cultures and subjects in times of great change, the way individuals and communities dwell in and through the traumas that shape them, and the role that artists and writers play as conduits for change.
Jennifer holds undergraduate degrees in sociology and social anthropology from Newcastle and Macquarie Universities, a DEA in the Sciences of Language from the EHESS Paris, a PhD in Sociology from UNSW and she trained in psychoanalysis with the Ecole de la Cause Freudienne. She has taught literature, creative writing, cultural studies and social theory at Australian National University, The University of Melbourne and Macquarie University, and held research fellowships at the Universities of Sydney and Macquarie. Most recently, Jennifer served as the foundation Director of the Hawke European Union Centre for Mobilities, Migrations and Cultural Transformations at the University of South Australia.