Doctor Penelope Rossiter

Doctor Penelope Rossiter

Associate Dean, Learning and Teaching,
Dean's Unit, School of Humanities & Comm Arts

Senior Lecturer,
Humanities (Arts)


Penelope Rossiter is a Senior Lecturer in Cultural and Social Analysis in the School of Humanities and Communications Arts. She teaches, and is available to supervise students, in the broad areas of gender studies and cultural studies with a particular interest in the intersections of those with some contemporary work in social and cultural geography. Current research projects include work on class, representation and comedy; the psychotopographies of class; waterscapes of emotion; and, swimming and the more-than-human. Prior to taking up an academic position, and completing a PhD in 2005, Penelope worked as a teacher, a social policy research officer, and in the community sector as a support worker in a Women's Refuge.

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  • PhD University of Western Sydney
  • MA Middlesex Polytechnic
  • BA Tasmanian College of Advanced Education
  • DipTeach Geelong Teachers College

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Dean's Unit, School of Humanities & Comm Arts
  • Humanities (Arts)


  • Cultural and Social Analysis Major
  • Human Research Ethics Committee
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Arts (Humanities)
  • UWS Academic Senate
  • BA Courses Committee
  • Students at Risk Reference Group


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Location: EQ.1.30

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Previous Teaching Areas

  • 100860 Emotions, Culture and Community, 2013
  • 100882 Politics of Sex and Gender, 2014
  • 101009 The Body in Culture, 2012
  • 101906 Researching Culture, 2014


Journal Articles

  • Rossiter, P. (2019), 'Swimming-glancing', Cultural Studies Review, vol 25, no 2 , pp 307 - 310.
  • Rossiter, P. (2013), 'Bogans : a sticky subject', Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, vol 27, no 1 , pp 80 - 92.
  • Rossiter, P. (2012), 'Cultural studies, pedagogy, and response-ability', Review of Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies, vol 34, no 1-2 , pp 61 - 70.
  • Rossiter, P. (2010), 'The Extraordinarily Ordinary Mr Howard', Australian Studies, vol 2 , pp 1 - 35.
  • Rossiter, P. (2007), 'Rock-climbing: On Humans, Nature, and Other Nonhumans', Space and Culture:international journal of social spaces, vol 10, no 2 , pp 292 - 305.
  • Rossiter, P. (2002), 'Imagining Responsibility: who are 'we' anyway', Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, vol 16, no 1 , pp 81 - 94.

Conference Papers

  • Rossiter, P. (2004), 'The politics of responsibility', Australasian political studies association conference, Adelaide.

Previous Projects

Title: Demand Management through Cultural Innovation 1: User Models
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Zoe Sofoulis and Penelope Rossiter
Years: 2005-10-28 - 2006-10-27
ID: P0014954
Title: Responsibility, citizenship and the renewal of civic culture
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Penelope Rossiter
Years: 2004-08-24 - 2005-11-30
ID: P0010250
Title: Demand Management through Cultural Innovation 1: User Models
  • Sydney Water Corporation
Western Researchers: Zoe Sofoulis, X and Penelope Rossiter
Years: 2006-02-09 - 2007-04-09
ID: P0015085


Doctor Rossiter is available to be a principal supervisor for doctoral projects

Current Supervision

Thesis Title: The Influence of the 'Post' or 'Third Wave' Feminist 21st Century on Interpretations of the 'Little Red Riding Hood' Tale, and the use of these Tales as Socialising Tools for Children and Young Adults, in particular, Young Girls.
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: On the Outskirts: An Investigation of 'Roller Culture' in the Women's Sport of Roller Derby
Field of Research:

Previous Supervision

Thesis Title: Avoiding the Stain of Religion: Attitudes toward Social Engagement amongst Australian Tibetan Buddhists
Field of Research: Society And Culture; Religious Studies
Thesis Title: Entangling Liveness: The Embodied Experience of Youth-Oriented Live Music Events
Field of Research: Music

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