Recent Academic Positions
(see CV for full listing)

  • Present 1998

    Senior Lecturer in Social Diversity in Health and Education

    Deakin University- Burwood Campus, School of Health and Social Development

  • 1998 1997

    Research Officer

    Macquarie University, NSW, National Centre in HIV Social Research

  • 1997 1997

    Lecturer in Sociology

    Macquarie University, NSW.

  • 1996 1996

    Lecturer in Social Sciences

    University of Technology, Sydney, NSW.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D. 2001

    Doctor of Philosophy (Social Sciences)

    University of Technology, Sydney

  • M.A.1992
    Master Of Arts (Gender Studies)

    University of Adelaide, South Australia

  • Grad.Dip.1990
    Graduate Diploma Of Arts (Gender Studies)

    University of South Australia

  • Dip.Ed.1980
    In English and Humanities

    University of Adelaide, South Australia

  • B.A.1980

    Bachelor of Arts

    University of Adelaide, South Australia

Recent Awards and Distinctions
(see CV for full listing)

  • 2015
    4th Annual Bisexual Book Awards: Bisexual Non-Fiction for "Bisexuality in Education: Erasure, Exclusion and the Absence of Intersectionality", Routledge
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    This book addresses three significant issues in relation to bisexuality and schooling: erasure, exclusion, and the absence of intersectionality. This book was originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Bisexuality.
  • 2012
    Deakin University Postgraduate Supervision Excellence Award
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  • 2011
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    In 2010, Maria published Border Sexualities, Border Families in Schools which was Australia’s first academic book on bisexual students and polyamorous families in their negotiations with educational systems. In 2011, the book won the Bisexual Non-fiction Category of the Lambda Literary Awards.
  • 2010
    Lambda Literary Award - Love You Two
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    In 2008, Maria published her first novel, Love You Two, which was Australia’s, and internationally, first young adult novel to explore bisexuality and polyamory within a multicultural setting. In 2010, the book won the Bisexual Category of the Lambda Literary Awards.
  • 2006
    Publication in Spanish by Equipo Difusor Del Libro, Spain
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    In 2006, Maria’s book When Our Children Come Out, was accepted for translation and publication in Spanish by Equipo Difusor Del Libro, Spain.
  • 2003
    "So What's a Boy? Issues of Masculinity in Education" used to launch American Educational Reseachers Association Conference, Chicago.
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    In 2003, Open University Press selected Maria and colleague Wayne Martino’s book, So What’s A Boy? Issues of Masculinity in Education to launch at the American Educational Researchers Association conference in Chicago on April 21st. The book has now been translated into Spanish by Octaedro Publishers.
  • 2001
    Australian Book Design Award in the Educational Texts for Young People Category
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    In 2001, Maria’s book Boys’ Stuff: Boys Talking About What Matters (Allen & Unwin), co-researched and co-edited with Dr Wayne Martino from Murdoch University, Perth, was the first Australian book by and for boys and young men that is culturally and sexually inclusive. The book was shortlisted for the Western Australian Premier’s Award; won the Australian Book Design Award in the Educational Texts for Young People Category ; and achieved a Highly Commended in the Australian Award for Excellence in Educational Publishing. It was also nominated for a Human Rights Award. The book has also been listed in the Australian Centre for Youth Literature’s “150 Years,150 Books: Victoria’s Most Treasured Books” list.
  • 1999
    Tapestry (Random House) shortlisted for ACT Young Adult Award
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    In 1999, Maria’s autobiographical novel, Tapestry (Random House) was shortlisted for the ACT Young Adult Read Award as voted by secondary school students in the ACT. It was also shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Award Ethnic Affairs Commission category for 2000; and the Children’s Book Council Award Non-Fiction Category for 2000.