Professor Greg Noble

Associate Professor Greg Noble with trees and the Female Orphan School in the background.

Greg researches across a number of intersecting areas: the relations between youth, ethnicity and gender; everyday multiculturalism and interethnic convivialities; migration and diaspora; Bourdieusian theory; cultural pedagogies; and multicultural education.

His current research includes the ARC Discovery Projects: ‘Parenting, Ethnicity and Schooling’, with Megan Watkins and Chris Ho (UTS), and ‘Civic Sinoburbia’, with Ien Ang, Chris Ho and Megan Watkins. He has authored or edited 11 books.


  • BA (Hons 1st) Diploma of Education, 1983, English/History, Macquarie University, Australia
  • PhD, 1993, History, Macquarie University, Australia

Selected Recent Publications

Bennett, T., Dibley, B., Hawkins, G. and Noble, G. (2021), Assembling and Governing Habits (opens in a new window), Routledge.

Noble, G. (2022) ‘Contradictory locations of class’, in Steve Threadgold and Jess Gerrard (eds) Class in Australia (opens in a new window), Monash University Press.

Bennett, T., Carter, D., Gayo, M., Kelly, M. and Noble, G 2021, Fields, Capitals, Habitus: Australian Culture, Inequalities and Social Divisions (opens in a new window), London: Routledge.

Watkins, M. and Noble, G. (2021) Doing Diversity Differently in a Culturally Complex World (opens in a new window), Bloomsbury.

Noble, G 2019, '"Asian fails" and the problem of bad Korean boys: multiculturalism and the construction of an educational "problem"', in M Watkins, C Ho & R Butler (eds), Asian migration and education cultures in the Anglosphere (opens in a new window), Routledge, London.

Watkins, M & Noble, G  2019, 'Lazy multiculturalism: cultural essentialism and the persistence of the multicultural day in Australian schools' (opens in a new window), Ethnography and Education.

Wise, A and Noble, G (eds) 2018, Convivialities, Routledge, Abingdon.

Ang, I & Noble, G 2018, ‘Making multiculture: Australia and the ambivalent politics of diversity’, in D Rowe, G Turner & E Waterton (eds), Making culture: commercialisation, transnationalism, and the state of ‘nationing’ in contemporary Australia (opens in a new window), Routledge, London, pp. 140-153.

Noble, G & Tabar, P 2017, 'The "career" of the migrant: time, space and the settling process', in M Boese & V Marotta (eds), Critical reflections on migration, 'race', and multiculturalism: Australia in a global context, Routledge, London, pp. 255-270.

Noble, G 2017, 'Learning with Bourdieu: pedagogy, cosmology and potty-training', in L Adkins, C Brosnan and S Threadgold (eds), Bourdieusian prospects (opens in a new window), Routledge, Oxford, pp. 13-30.

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