Professor Melinda Cooper

Position: Gender Sexuality and Culture Major undergraduate Convenor

School and/or Centres: School of Sociology


Phone: 6125 4209 (x54209)

Location: HA2183


BA Hons (University of Sydney), DEA (Universit. de Paris VIII), PhD (Universit. de Paris VIII)

Melinda Cooper’s research focuses on the interaction between neoliberal and new conservative practices of government. Her most recent monograph, Family Values (2017) sought to theorize the principle of family responsibility as a lynchpin between neoliberal and new conservative approaches to political life. Her current projects are 1) a political theory of the resurgent far right and its relationship to financial crisis and 2) an inquiry into the neoliberal politics of public finance.

She currently leads an ARC Discovery Grant exploring the impact of Virginia school neoliberalism on the fiscal politics of the American and Australian state.

Melinda Cooper is editor, with Martijn Konings and Stefan Eich, of the Stanford University Press series, Currencies: New Thinking for Financial Times.

Research Interests: neoliberalism and new conservatisms; the far right; economic sociology; social and political theory; feminist theory

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