Staff Profiles

lizProfessor Elizabeth Eckermann (M.A., Ph.D) is a medical sociologist in the Arts Faculty at Deakin University where she teaches sociology of health and illness, and supervises postgraduate candidates completing health sociology doctoral and masters studies. She is co-convenor of the Australian Centre on Quality of Life at Deakin University.  Her key areas of research interest and publication cover, women’s health, gender and health, domestic violence, quality of life and indicators of health status, health  promotion and public health.

1339654232-grazAssociate Professor Grazyna Zajdow teaches at all levels of sociology from first year to honours. Her research interests include the experience of living with drug and alcohol affected people and public policy related to drugs and alcohol. She also researches the experiences of older women and the paid workforce. Grazyna is also a co-editor of Arena Magazine. Grazyna has been a TASA member for over 25 years.

asingletonAssociate Professor Andrew Singleton‘s research interests include spirituality, youth religion, new religious movements, global Christianity, non-religion, religious change and religious movements in the Global South. Andrew has presented and published extensively in these areas both nationally and internationally. He is a skilled quantitative and qualitative researcher and specialises in mixed-method projects. Andrew is a multi award-winning educator and supervised to completion 17 Masters and PhD theses in the sociology of religion, gender studies, health and media.


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Dr Vince Marotta is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology and the Deputy Director of the Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation at Deakin University. He is Managing Editor of the Journal of Intercultural Studies (Routledge) and his research and publications focus on social theory, urban sociology, theories of the stranger and migration and multiculturalism. Vince is currently the Convenor of the Honours program in Sociology.





Dr. Struan Jacobs completed his postgraduate studies at the London School of Economics. His research interests include the history of Science, Sociology of science and Sociology of knowledge. He has published research widely on the life and career of Michael Polanyi.



Dr. Karen Lane is a Maternity care researcher who has published on a range of issues  including: comparative analysis of the lived experience of hospital and home birth; consumer participation; theories of risk applied to childbirth and maternity care; professional identities; comparative analysis of maternity care in Pacific island communities; and comparative analysis of collaborative care models in Australia.

Toffoletti_01_2011Dr. Kim Toffoletti has expertise in the study of gendered identities, particularly with respect to how they are articulated in media texts, popular culture and leisure pursuits. An interdisciplinary researcher, her work engages with feminism, social theory and visual culture to explore the relationship between signs, images and the construction and performance of gender. Her most significant contributions to gender scholarship in the humanities are based around the following topics of research: female sports fandom; the writings of Jean Baudrillard; and posthuman bodies.


Bernie picDr. Bernie East a keen interest in both contemporary and historical Sociology as it relates to the knowledge areas of Media, Crime and Sport. In particular, he is fascinated with how information is linked to a narrative in order to create the ‘truth’ about an issue. He is currently interested in matters pertaining to youth and culture.



Anna HalafoffDr. Anna Halafoff is a Lecturer in Sociology and a member of the Alfred Deakin Research Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University. She is also an Associate of the UNESCO Chair in Interreligious and Intercultural Relations ­ Asia Pacific, at Monash University. Dr Halafoff¹s current and recent research projects/interests include: religious diversity; education about religions and beliefs; and Buddhism in Australia. Anna was named a United Nations Alliance of Civilizations’ Global Expert in the fields of multifaith relations, and religion and peacebuilding in 2011.