Contemporary cultural theory
Especially the work of Pierre Bourdieu, Fredric Jameson and Raymond Williams.
The sociology of literature
Especially the work of Theodor Adorno, Lucien Goldmann, Georg Lukàcs and Franco Moretti.
Seventeenth-century English poetry
Utopia and dystopia in science fiction
Especially representations of climate change.
- Locating Science Fiction (2012-2014) Australian Research Council
- Imagining the Great Southern Land: Utopia, Dystopia and Science Fiction in Australia (2007-2009), Australian Research Council.
- Demanding the Impossible: Utopianism in Philosophy, Literature and Science Fiction (2005-2007), Australian Research Council.
- Reason in Revolt: The Role of Intellectuals in Australian Radicalism (2004-2006), Australian Research Counci.
- Raymond Williams and Cultural Materialism (1998-1999), Australian Research Council.
- Australian Political and Cultural Radicalism 1880-1990 (1990-1991), Australian Research Council.