Anita Harris is an Adjunct Research Professor. She is based at the Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation at Deakin University, where she is a Research Professor: see http://www.deakin.edu.au/profiles/anita-harris. She is completing an ARC Future Fellowship entitled ‘Young People and Social Inclusion in the Multicultural City’, which looks at young people’s everyday forms of living with cultural difference in key Australian cities, as well as Kuala Lumpur, Johannesburg and Prato. She also has an ARC Discovery Project on ‘The Civic Life of Young Australian Muslims: Active Citizenship, Community Belonging and Social Inclusion’. Anita was previously a Mid-Career Research Fellowship at the University of Queensland, where she was also Deputy Director of the Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies (2007-2010).
She has been a longstanding member of the Monash Sociology program in both a teaching and research capacity (2002-2006) and as research-only on a Future Fellowship (2011-2015). She commenced her career as an associate lecturer in Women’s Studies at Deakin and then as a postdoctoral fellow in Women’s Studies at Monash. Her research interests include youth identities and cultures; citizenship, participation and new politics, and globalisation and multiculturalism, and she is well known as a leader in the interdisciplinary field of girls’ studies. She has recently completed an ARC Discovery project on young people’s emergent practices of political engagement and civic connection (2005-2009; with Johanna Wyn, University of Melbourne).
Her books include Young People and Everyday Multiculturalism (Routledge, 2013); Next Wave Cultures: Feminism, Subcultures, Activism (edited, Routledge, 2008); Young Femininity: Girlhood, Power and Social Change (with Sinikka Aapola and Marnina Gonick, Palgrave, 2005); Future Girl: Young Women in the Twenty First Century, (Routledge, 2004); and All About the Girl: Culture, Power and Identity (edited, Routledge, 2004). Anita regularly gives invited keynotes and presentations and is a member of international advisory boards for the European Commission FP7 project ‘Processes influencing Democratic Ownership and Participation’, the Journal of Intercultural Studies, International Journal of Girlhood Studies, Gender and Power and Youth Studies Australia. She is also an executive member and Associate Editor of the leading journal in her field, the Journal of Youth Studies.