Anne Harris

Assoc Professor

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Anne Harris, PhD is currently a full-time research fellow funded by an Australian Research Council Early Career Researcher (DECRA) Award (2014-2016) researching creativity in secondary schools. Anne is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education and works primarily in the areas of creativity, diversity, performance and drama, and digital media. She is a native New Yorker and has worked professionally as a playwright, teaching artist and journalist in the USA and Australia. She holds both Master and Bachelor degrees from New York University where she studied playwriting and performance with Tony Kushner, Arthur Miller, Peggy Phelan and Eve Ensler among others. In addition to her plays, she has published over 50 articles and 6 books that address the arts, culture, and performance, including her latest book Critical Plays: Embodied Research for Social Change (Sense, 2014). 

Her editorial contributions to the field include the following journal special issues and book series:

2016 (forthcoming) - Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies on 'Creativity and Sexualities', co-edited with Yvette Taylor.
2015 - Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies, "Cartographies: Skins, Surfaces, and Doings", co-edited w Stacy Holman Jones.
2015 - UNESCO Observatory Multidisciplinary Research in the Arts, "Critical Approaches to Arts Based Research" co-edited with Mary Ann Hunter.
2014 - Departures in Critical Qualitative Research, "Creative Pedagogies" co-edited with Stacy Holman Jones.

Co-editor: Australasian Review of African Studies journal (Australia) 2012-2015
Associate Editor (ABER): Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy (USA) - 2014-2015
Editorial Board member: Departures in Critical Qualitative Research journal (USA) 2013-present; Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy (USA) - 2013-2015; Art/Research International: A Transdisciplinary Journal (USA) 2014-present.
Editorial Board member (book series): Gender and Education, Palgrave Macmillan, UK, Yvette Taylor (Ed), 2014; Teaching Writing, Sense Publishers (2014, Patricia Leavy, Ed); Advisory Board: Studies in Arts-Based Educational Research Book Series (Springer).

Research interests

Ethnocinema; Creative Pedagogies; social inclusion and refugee education; sexualities and gender diversity; diasporic studies


  • Creativity
  • performance
  • drama
  • gender and sexuality
  • ethnography

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Projects 2012 2021

Research Output 2008 2018

Secondary school creativity, teacher practice and STEAM education: an international study

Harris, A. & de Bruin, L. R. May 2018 In : Journal of Educational Change. 19, 2, p. 153-179 27 p.

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Creative formats, creative futures

Harris, A., Davis, S., Snepvangers, K. & De Bruin, L. 12 May 2017 In : Departures in Critical Qualitative Research. 6, 2, p. 48-61 14 p.

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Open Access

Family Fun Nights: Collaborative Parent Education Accessible for Diverse Learning Abilities

Knowles, C., Harris, A. & Van Norman, R. 1 May 2017 In : Early Childhood Education Journal. 45, 3, p. 393-401 9 p.

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Feeling Fear, Feeling Queer: The Peril and Potential of Queer Terror

Harris, A. & Holman Jones, S. 1 Sep 2017 In : Qualitative Inquiry. 23, 7, p. 561-568 8 p.

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Fostering creative ecologies in Australasian secondary schools

de Bruin, L. R. & Harris, A. 2017 In : Australian Journal of Teacher Education. 42, 9, p. 23-43 21 p.

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Open Access

Activities 2015 2015

  • 1 Editorial responsibility

UNESCO Observatory Journal: Multi-disciplinary Research in the Arts (Journal)

Harris, A. M. (Editor in chief), Mary Ann Hunter (Editor in chief), Hall, C. A. (Editor in chief)

Activity: Editorial responsibility