Professor Melinda Cooper

Position: Gender Sexuality and Culture Major undergraduate Convenor

School and/or Centres: School of Sociology


Phone: 6125 4209

Location: Level 4, RSSS Building, 146 Ellery Crescent


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

Researcher profile:

Melinda Cooper’s research focuses on the interaction between neoliberal and new conservative philosophies of power. Her monograph, Family Values: Between Neoliberalism and the New Social Conservatism (Zone Books, 2017) sought to theorize the principle of family responsibility as a lynchpin between neoliberal and new conservative practices of government. Her new book Counterrevolution is forthcoming with Zone Books.

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 coeditor of the Chicago University Press series, Phenomenal World, along with Adam Tooze, Daniela Gabor, Mehrsa Baradaran, Destin Jenkins and Ndongo Samba Sylla.

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

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