Dr Dee Michell

Senior Lecturer
Dr Dee Michell
  Org Unit Sociology, Criminology & Gender Studies
  Email dee.michell@adelaide.edu.au
  Telephone +61 8 8313 3675
  Location Floor/Room 1 39 ,  Napier Building ,   North Terrace

Dee Michell is a feminist theologian and social researcher whose research interests pivot around the themes of lived experience, marginalisation and transformation.

Dee was made a Ward of the South Australian State in 1960 and remained in foster care for 15 years. She worked as an administrator for a multi-national corporation before going to university in her 40s, when she combined study with primary care for her three children.

Dee's experience as a Ward of the State has fuelled her passion for university education, both as a pathway to creating a more just and inclusive social world, and as a source of self-understanding for those wanting to make connections between their lived experience and the broader socio-cultural environment. She has conducted research into the experience on campus of university students and academics from under-represented groups, particularly those from working class and low socio-economic status backgrounds and including students who experienced state care as children and young people. 

Dee has also completed data collection from a 3 year ARC funded project on the history of foster care in Australia. You can hear Dee talk about this last project on Housing Matters Radio and via and Radio Adelaide's Searchlight program.

Dee contintues to have a broad interest in gender, religion and spirituality, and a particular interest in the women dominated 19th century American traditions of Spiritualism, Theosophy, Christian Science and New Thought. You can hear Dee in conversation with writer James Boyce at Adelaide Writers' Week 2015 as they discuss his book, Born Bad: Original Sin and the Making of the Western World.  

Dee is currently collaborating with University of Adelaide colleagues. One project involves investigating ways to increase the representation of women in Computer Science (here's an overview of a recent paper on the topic) . A second project builds on Dee's research into the history of foster care to explore ways of caring more inclusively for children on the margins of Australian society (eg Aboriginal and refugee children, those in state care, with disabilities, and from poor families).

You can read Dee's blog or view her Academia.edu profile. 

PhD, Theology & Women's Studies, Flinders University, 2008

Bachelor of Theology, First Class Honours, Flinders University, 2002

Bachelor of Theology, Flinders University, 2000

Bachelor of Arts (Women's Studies Major), University of Adelaide, 1998

  • Social Justice, Higher Education and Transitions to University
  • Gender Equity in Computer Science
  • Classism
  • Preparation, Support & Encouragement for Care Leavers in Higher Education
  • History of Foster Care in Australia
  • Luce Irigaray, Divine Horizons, and prominent 20th century Christian Science women.

Research Funding

2015 University of Adelaide Interdisciplinary Research Fund
  • Research Team: Dr Katie Barclay (Humanities), Dr Dee Michell (Social Sciences) & Dr Clemence Due (Psychology)
  • Project: Dis/Located Children: Children in/and Care
2013-2015 Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Grant 
  • Chief Investigators: Dr Nell Musgrove, Australian Catholic University (ACU), Melbourne; Dr Dee Michell, University of Adelaide
  • Project: A Long history of foster care in Australia: hidden stories of growing up in foster care in the nineteenth and twenthieth centuries
2013 Humanities & Social Sciences Faculty Research Grant
  • Chief Investigators: Dr Dee Michell, Universityof Adelaide; Mr Rob Martin, CREATE Foundation
  • Project: Care Leavers in Higher Education: Aspirations, Pathways and Outcomes
2013 Flinders University Faculty Research Grant
  • Chief Investigators: Dr Heather Fraser, Flinders University; Dr Dee Michell, University of Adelaide, Ms Michele Jarldon, Flinders University; Dr Liz Beddoe, University of Auckland
  • Project: What helps and hinders women from low socio-economic backgrounds complete social science degrees?
2012 Fay Gale Research Centre Fellowship
  • Project: On The Edge: Kylie Tennant's Representation of Adolescent Girls in State Care

Books

Musgrove N, & Michell, D. (forthcoming) Just Like a Family? The Slow Evolution of Foster Care in Australia, London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Michell, D, Wilson, JZ and Archer, V.  (2015). Bread & Roses: Voices of Australian Academics from the Working Class. Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publishing.

Michell, D, Jackson, D, Tonkin, D. (2015). Against the Odds. Care Leavers at University. Elizabeth, South Australia: People's Voice Publishing.

Brook, H, Fergie, D, Maeorg, M and Michell, D (2014) Universities in Transition: Foregrounding Social Contexts of Knowledge in the First Year Experience. University of Adelaide Press.

Michell, D. & Taylor, P (Eds) (2011) Recipes for Survival: Stories of Hope & Healing by Survivors of the State 'Care' System in Australia. Elizabeth, South Australia: People's Voice Publishing.

Michell, D. & Noble, J (Eds) (2010) Women Journeying with Spirit. Ginninderra Press, Port Adelaide.

Michell, D. (2009) Christian Science: Women, Healing & the Church. University Press of America, Lanham, MD. 

 

Book Chapters:

Michell, D. (forthcoming) "Academia as Therapy" In Women Activating Agency in Academia: Metaphors, Manifestos and Memoir. Alison L. Black and Susanne Garvis (Eds). London: Routledge.

Michell, D. (2017) "Systemic Familial Alienation and the Australian Foster Care System." In Challenges to Living Together. Transculturalism, Migration, Exploitation. Susan Petrilli (Ed), Mimesis International.

Michell, D. & Petrilli, P. (2017) "Similarities in Difficulties: Australians Raised in Out0of-Home-Care. In Challenges to Living Together. Transculturalism, Migration, Exploitation. Susan Petrilli (Ed), Mimesis International.

Michell, D. & Fraser, H. (2017) Using Feminist Memory Work with Working-Class Women Trying to Complete Social Science Degrees. Sage Research Methods Cases, http://methods.sagepub.com/case/feminist-memory-working-class-women-trying-social-science-degrees  

Michell, D. & Scalzi, C. (2016) I want to be Someone, I Want to Make a Difference: Young Care Leavers Preparing for the Ffuture in South Australia. In P. Mendes & P. Snow (Eds) Young People Transitioning from Out-of-Home Care. London: Palgrave macmillian.

Michell, D, Wilson, JZ & Archer, V. (2015) Introduction: A Working-Class World-View in an Academic Environment. In Michell, D, Wilson, JZ and Archer, V.  (2015). Bread & Roses: Voices of Australian Academics from the Working Class. Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publishing.

Michell, D. (2015). Up from the lowest rung. In Michell, D, Jackson, D, Tonkin, D. (2015). Against the Odds. Care Leavers at University. Elizabeth, South Australia: People's Voice Publishing.

Michell, D, Tonkin, C & Eate, P. (2014) Kane & Edgar: Playing with Age in Film, in Harleys and Hormones: Ageing, Popular Culture and Contemporary Feminism, Palgrave Macmillan

Michell, D. (2014) Traces of a Feminist Protest: Kylie Tennant's novel Tell Morning This. In Paul Ashton and Jacqueline Z Wilson (Eds), Silent System: Forgotten Australians and the Institionalisation of Women and Children, Melbourne: Australian Scholarly Publishing.

Brook, H, Fergie, D, Maeorg M, Michell,  D. (2014). Introduction Universities in Transition: Foregrounding Social Contexts of Knowledge in the First Year Experience. University of Adelaide Press.

Bletsas, A. and Michell, D. (2014) Classism on campus? Exploring and extending understandings of social class in the contemporary higher education debate. In Heather Brook, Deane Fergie, Michael Maeorg and Dee Michell (Eds), Universities in Transition: Foregrounding Social Contexts of Knowledge in the First Year Experience. University of Adelaide Press.

Brook, H. & Michell, D. (2014) Knowing students. In Heather Brook, Deane Fergie, Michael Maeorg and Dee Michell (Eds), Universities in Transition: Foregrounding Social Contexts of Knowledge in the First Year Experience. University of Adelaide Press.

Michell, D. (2012) "Divine Horizons: Religion and Social Class in the lives of Two Leading Australian Women, Betty Archdale and Kylie Tennant" In Seizing the Initiative: Australian Women Leaders in Politics, Workplaces and Communities, Rosemary Francis, Patricia Grimshaw and Ann Standish (eds), eScholarship Research Centre, The University of Melbourne.

Michell, D. (2010) "Apology Excepted: A Response to the SA Government's Apology to Former Kids in ‘Care'" In Surviving Care: Achieving justice and healing for the Forgotten Australians, Editors Richard Hil & Liz Branigan, Bond University Press, Salisbury, Qld.

Michell, D. (2010) "Putting Down Roots" In Women Journeying with Spirit,  Editors Deidre Michell & Jude Noble, Ginninderra Press, Port Adelaide.

 

Book Sections:

Michell, D. (2011) "Woman Suffrage in Australia (1908): Vida Goldstein" in Feminist Writings from Ancient Times to the Modern World. A Global Soucebook and History, Editor Tiffany K. Wayne, Greenwood, Santa Barbara.

Michell, D. (2011) "The Female Eunuch (1970): Germaine Greer" in Feminist Writings from Ancient Times to the Modern World. A Global Soucebook and History, Editor Tiffany K. Wayne, Greenwood, Santa Barbara.

Michell, D. (2005) "Kicking and Screaming My Way Back to Life" In Emergence,  Editor WEAP (Womens Expression Anthology Project), Central Northern Adelaide Health Service, Adelaide, South Australia.

 

Journal Articles:

Michell, D, Szorenyi, A, Falkner, A & Szabo, C. (2017) "Broadening participation not boarder protection: how universities can support women in Computer Science" In Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 39(4)

Michell, D. (2017) "From Hagiography to Personal Pain: Stories of Australian foster care from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century." In Adoption & Culture, 5, 89-105.

Michell, D, Beddoe, L, Fraser, H, Jarldorn, M (2016) "Solidarity and support: Feminist memory work focus groups with working-class women studying social science degrees in Australia." International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, doi: 10.1080/09518398.2016.1242804 

Fraser, H, Michell, D, Beddoe, E, Jarldorn, M. (2016) "Working-class women study social science degrees: remembering enablers and detractors." In Higher Education Research and Development, Published online January 2016  http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2015.1137885

Barcley, K, Michell, D, Due, C. (2016) "Providing Care for Children: How Service Providers Define and Apply "Care" in Contemporary South Australia." In Children Australia, 41(3), 178-189.

Michell, D. (2015) "Dear Miss Spence: An Open Letter to Catherine Helen Spence (1825-1920)." In Life Writing, Published Online 18 December 2015, http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14484528.2015.1124358#.VnTSjBV96Uk 

Beddoe, E, Jarldorn, M, Fraser, H, Michell, D. (2015) "Planting a seed: Encouraging services users towards educational goals." In Social Work Education

Michell, D. (2015). "Foster care, stigma and the sturdy, unkillable children of the very poor". In Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies, 29(4), 663-676.

Philip Mendes, Dee Michell & Jacqueline Z Wilson (2014) "Young People Transitioning from Out-of-home Care and Access to Higher Education: A Critical Review of the Literature." In Children Australia, 39(4):1-10. 

Papadelos, P, Michell, D. & Eate, P. (2014) "'Bending and Morphing': The Department of Women's Studies at the University of Adelaide Continues Past its Twenty Year Anniversary" In Outskirts, 2014.

Fraser, H & Michell, D. (2014) "Feminist Memory Work in Action," Qualitative Social Work, available online. 

Michell, D. (2014) "Healing and Happiness in the Christian Science Tradition" In Feminist Theology, 22(2), 203-212.

Oakley, Susan & Michell, D. (2013) "Partnering Students in Practical Research" in ergo: the Journal of the Higher Education Research Group of Adelaide, 3(2), 23-30.

Brook, H. & Michell, D. (2012) "Learners, Learning, learned: class, higher education, and autobiographical essays from working-class academics" in Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 34(6), 587-599.

Michell, D. (2012) "A suddenly desirable demographic? Care leavers in Higher Education" In Developing Practice (33), Spring, 44-58.

Michell, D.  (2011) "An Interrupted Pathway" In Australian Universities Review 53 (1), February, 89-93.

Tonkin, T. & Michell, D. (2010) "The Reverse Role Play - An Innovative Way of Confronting Men" In Australian Social Work 63(4), 460-465.

Brook, H. & Michell, D. (2010) "Working-Class Intellectuals: (Oxy) moronic Professors and Educational Equality (A Response to Ken Oldfield, A&S, 41, 1016-1038)." (With Heather Brook, PhD). Administration & Society May 2010 42: 368-372.

Michell, D; Boulton, S; Sinclair-Wood, L; Colsey, D. (2006) "A [local] response to Carol Christ" Women-Church. In An Australian Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion Vol 38(Autumn):21-22

Michell, D. (2004) "A Tribute to Ongoing Life." In Eremos. Exploring Spirituality in Australia. 89 (November):32-33

Michell, D. (2004) "Surviving Guilt." In Vashti's Voices. A journal exploring theologies for a just future. 2(13 Spring): 44-45

Michell, D. (2002). "New Thinking, New Thought, New Age: The Theology and Influence of Emma Curtis Hopkins (1849-1925)." In Counterpoints. The Flinders University Online Journal of Interdisciplinary Conference Papers. 2(1).

Michell, D. (2002). "Two Mothers - Twice the blessing or was I cursed? Exploring the Motherhood of God in the context of neglect, abandonment and abuse by women." In Women-Church. An Australian Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion 31(Spring): 11-16.

Michell, D. (2002). "The Persistence of Life." In Vashti's Voices. A journal exploring theologies for a just future. 2(9 Spring): 17-19.

Michell, D. (2001). "To belong or not to belong, that is the question." In Women-Church. An Australian Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion 29(Spring): 23-26.

Michell, D. (2000). "Julian of Norwich and Mary Baker Eddy." In Colloquium 32(2): 201-220.

 

Review Articles

Michell, D. (2016) "Diversity in Leadership: Australian Women, Past and Present/Respectable Radicals: A History of the National Council of Women of Australia 1896-2006." In Journal of Australian Studies, http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14443058.2016.1191414 

Michell, D. (2014) "Cautionary Tales. Review of The Market in Babies: Stories of Australian Adoption" In History Australia, 11(2) August: 271-273

Michell, D. (2008) "Book Review: Unbroken Spirit: How a Young Muslim Refused to be Enslaved by Her Culture by Ferzanna Rily." In Feminist Theology 17(1):128-131

Michell, D. (2005) Book Review: "Mothering Overselves" Author: Evelyn S Bassoff for Care Leavers Australia Network (CLAN) Newsletter

 

Recent Conference Presentations

Michell, D. "How to Ruin Your Reputation. Elizabeth Cady Stanton and The Woman's Bible. Feminist Theologies Day, Sophia Ecumenical Feminist Spirituality Centre, Adelaide 12th August 2017.

Michell, D.  "Real Life Super Heroes". Create Foundation: Voices in Action. Empowering Young People for Positive Change. Sydney, 10th August 2017.

Michell, D. Plenary Rountable Discussion on Engagement and Impact in history of Childhood Research, Rexamining Australian Childhood Conference, Deakin Uni, Melbourne, 12-13th December 2016.

Michell, D.  "Cruel Women: Findings from the Long History of Foster Care Project." AWGSA, Brisbane 28th June to 1st July 2016.

Michell, D. "From Hagiography to Personal Pain" Panel Presentation- Lost Tales from the Public Domain: Foster Care in Australia, with Nell Musgrove and Suzanne Mitchell, The Australian Historical Association 33rd Annual Conference, University of Queensland, Brisbane, 7-11 July 2014.

Michell, D. "From Fiction to Non-Fiction: Stories about Foster Care in Australia," 5th International Conference on Adoption & Culture, Florida State university, 27-29 March 2014, http://english.fsu.edu/asac/schedule.html 

Michell, D. "Traces of a Feminist Protest: Kylie Tennant's Novel Tell Morning This," Memory: Trace, Place, Identity - Public History Conference, University of Sydney (Broadway) & Parramatta Female Factory Precinct, 26-27 September 2013.

Oakley, S. & Michell, D. "Partnering students in practical research," ERGA Conference, University of Adelaide, 19-21 September 2012

Brook, H. & Michell, D. "Transforming Teaching"  at ERGA Conference, University of Adelaide, 28-30 September 2011.

Michell, D. "Divine horizons: theology and social class in the lives of two Australian women, Betty Archdale (1907-2000) and Kylie Tennant (1912-1998)." Women in Leadership and Democracy Conference, Museum of Australian Democracy, Canberra, 1st-2nd December 2011

Michell, D. "Divine horizons: theology and social class in the lives of two Australian women, Betty Archdale (1907-2000) and Kylie Tennant (1912-1998)."AASR Annual Conference, Southern Cross University Tweed Gold Coast Riverside Campus, 1st-3rd July 2011.

Member, Australian Association for the Study of Religion (AASR)

Member, Australian Women’s and Gender Studies Association (AWGSA)

Member, Education Research Group of Adelaide (ERGA)

Service to the Profession

Peer Reviewer:  ACM Transactions on Computing EducationAustralian Social Work; Colloquy Monash University; Depression Research & Treatment; Emotions: History, Culture, Society; Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine (USA); Outskirts Online Journal; International Journal of English and Literature; Journal of Gender Studies; Studies in Higher Education (UK)

Member, Reference Group, Social Work Education Project: Curriculum Mapping for Content on Forgotten Australians

Invitations to Speak

Annual Sophia Feminist Theologies Day, Saturday, 12th August 2017. Paper title: "How to Ruin Your Reputation: Elizabeth Cady Stanton & The Woman's Bible"

Mary Lee Exchange, Theme: Home, Saturday 15th July 2017

Adelaide Festival Writers Week, in Conversation with 2017 Pulitzer Prize winner, Hisham Matar, 29th May 2017

Adelaide Festival Writers Week, Chair, On Family, Caroline Baum & Catherine De Saint Phalle, Tuesday 7th March 2017

Adelaide Festival Writers Week, Chair, War Correspondent, Janine di Giovanni, Wednesday 8th March 2017

SA Dept of Child Protection Residential Care Service Recognition Event, Adelaide Oval, Monday 20th February 2017

Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants 7th National Apology Anniversary, 16th November 2016

Plenary Rountable Discussion on Engagement and Impact in history of Childhood Research, Rexamining Australian Childhood Conference, Deakin Uni, Melbourne, 12-13th December 2016.

Adelaide Festival Writers Week, "Dedication Brenda Niall", Monday 29th February 2016.

Launch of Prayers for a Secular World at Dymocks Bookshop, 21st October 2015

Adelaide Festival Writers Week, In Conversation with James Boyce, author of Born Bad:Original Sin and the Making of the Western World, 4 March 2015.

Chair, 5th Annual SA Women's and Gender Studies Annual Public Lecture, 6 May 2014 - Lecture delivered by Professor Shurlee Swain, Australian Catholic University on the topic "Feminism and the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse"

Academic Women's Promotion Forum, University of Adelaide, 25 March 2014

Adelaide Festival Writers Week, Chair, Faith Based Session with Diarmaid MacCulloch & Francis Spufford, 6 March 2014 

Keynote Address for IAP Forum, University of Adelaide, February 2012

"In Bed with Tracey Emin" Public Forum - Invitation to speak and participate in a panel discussion at the Art Gallery of South Australia, 16 October 2011.

Invitation to attend National Domestic Violence Conference for Mount Gambier - Weds 13 to Fri 15 July 2011- and conduct a workshop with Tony Tonkin (BSW) based on our 2010 article "The Reverse Role Play - An Innovative Way of Confronting Men" In  Australian Social Work 63(4), 460-465.

Invitation to speak at the Creativity Forum, Sophia Ecumenical Feminist Spirituality Centre on May 7, 2011.

Invitation to facilitate a workshop at the 2008 Network of Women Students Australia (NOWSA) Conference, Flinders University, 8th July 2008.

Radio Appearances

  • Afternoons with Alan Hickey, FIVEaa, 12.00pm on 16th August 2016, referencing a Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse recommendation that Catholic priests become mandated reporters
  • Jeremey Cordieux program, FIVEaa, 12.30pm on 20th July 2016, referencing the story about Cheltenham Girls School in Sydney requiring staff to cease saying ‘girls, ladies, women’
  • June 2015 a number of radio interviews about foster care in Australia, including with 891ABC, Port Pirie ABC, Searchlight (Radio Adelaide) and National Radio News (Charles Sturt University Ballarat) 
  • Searchlight, Radio Adelaide, July 2015
  • Housing Matters Radio February 2014

 

 

Memberships

Since 2010, Member, Families Inclusion Network South Australia

Since 2005, SA Member Care Leavers Australia Network (CLAN)

Since 2002, Member, Sophia Ecumenical Spirituality Centre

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