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Dr. Stacy Holman Jones is a Professor in the Centre for Theatre and Performance. Her research focuses broadly on how performance as socially, culturally, and politically resistive and transformative activity. Over the course of a 20-year career, she has developed an international reputation for leading the development of performance, feminist and cultural studies research, gender and sexualities studies and innovative and critical arts-based methodologies. Her performance-based and narrative research spans cultural critique and social inclusion, education and resilience building, and enhancing health and well-being among minoritarian cultures and communities. She is recognized for a collaborative and impact-focused research program that integrates theory and creative practice as a means of critique and transforming lives, relationships, ways of living, and communities.  

She has published or has in press more than 90 articles, book chapters, reviews, and editorials and has authored, co-authored and edited 14 books: Kaleidoscope Notes: Writing Women’s Music and Organizational Culture(1998, AltaMira), Torch Singing: Performing Resistance and Desire from Edith Piaf to Billie Holiday(2007, AltaMira), Handbook of Autoethnography (2013, Left Coast Press, co-edited with Tony E. Adams and Carolyn Ellis) Autoethnography(2015, Oxford University Press, co-authored with Tony E. Adams and Carolyn Ellis), Identity, Place, Exile: Storying Home(2015, Lexington, co-edited with Devika Chawla), Writing for Performance(2016, Sense, co-authored with Anne M. Harris), Queering Families, Schooling Publics: Keywords(2017, Routledge, co-authored with Anne M. Harris, Sandra L. Faulkner and Eloise Brook), Creative Selves/Creative Cultures: Critical Autoethnography, Performance, and Pedagogy(2017, Palgrave MacMillan co-edited with Marc Pruyn) Queering Autoethnography(2018, Routledge, co-authored with Anne Harris), The Queer Life of Things: Performance, Affect, and the More-Than-Human(2019, Lexington, co-authored with Anne M. Harris), Performing Research/Researching Performance(2020, Oxford University Press, forthcoming, co-authored with Anne M. Harris), The Handbook of Autoethnography, 2ndedition (2020, Routledge, co-edited with Tony E. Adams and Carolyn Ellis), and Wayfaring and/as Critical Autoethnography (2020, Routledge, co-edited with Fetaui Iosefo and Anne Harris).

She is the founding editor of Departures in Critical Qualitative Research, a journal dedicated to publishing innovative, experimental, aesthetic, and provocative works on the theories, practices, and possibilities of critical qualitative research.  Her writing, directing and performance work has been featured at international events including FEAST Festival in Adelaide, the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry in the US, and in performance and conference venues in Australia, New Zealand, the US and Scotland. Since arriving in Australia in September 2015, she has received a number of small and internal seed grants that have funded interdisciplinary collaborative projects totaling $71,500 which have led to larger and external successful and pending funding submissions totalling $732,600.

She is the recipient of several research and teaching/mentoring awards, including the National Communication Association’s Distinguished Service Award in Performance Studies, the Janice Hocker Rushing Early Career Research Award and the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender Feminist Teacher/Mentor Award.

Supervision interests

My supvervision interests include theatre and performance studies, social change and social justice and critical communication research projects. In particular, I am invested in supervising research that focuses on or involves:

  • The role of performance in identity politics, efforts to effect social change, and improve individual and community health and well being
  • Feminist and queer theory analyses of cultural phenomena including performance
  • Studies of international adoption, particularly work that focuses on the performative and relational aspects of adoption 
  • New materialist and affect studies in/as performance
  • Research involving critical and performance ethnography and autoethnography
  • Innovative critical qualitative methods including performative writing and non-representational modes of reserach creation 


Education/Academic qualification

Communication/Performance Studies, PhD, University of Texas at Austin

Aug 1996Dec 2001

Award Date: 22 Dec 2001

Communication, MA, California State University Sacramento

Aug 1993May 1996

Award Date: 20 May 1996

Humanities, BA

Aug 1984May 1988

Award Date: 20 May 1988

Research area keywords

  • Theatre and performance studies
  • Critical qualitative methods
  • Queer theory
  • Gender and sexualities studies
  • New materialisms
  • Affect studies
  • Critical autoethnography
  • Health and wellbeing of minoritarian communities


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