The Centre for Critical Studies was incorporated in the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities in August 2015.

The information in this website is therefore out of date but retained for archival and staff purposes.

Dr Karen Brooks

Honorary Senior Research Fellow
Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies


Karen Brooks currently lectures at university in the areas of media, youth, sexuality and popular culture using a psychoanalytical model. She has established a national and international reputation for her work on popular culture and is constantly called upon to address seminars and conferences and provide in-service training and advice for educators, parents and other professionals within Australia – from Melbourne to Townsville – and prepare papers/book chapters for publication overseas. In 2002, Karen was awarded the Vice-Chancellor’s medal for outstanding teacher and in 2007, was awarded a national Carrick Citation for her contributions to student learning. In 2008, Karen was chosen as the Australian College of Educators Scholar on the Road and delivered professional development sessions and addresses to some amazing fellow-educators from Sydney to Darwin.