Dr. Rachel Busbridge

Senior Lecturer (Sociology)

Dr. Rachel Busbridge

Areas of expertise: social and political theory; culture, identity and power; postcolonialism and settler colonialism; nationalism; space 

ORCID ID: 0000-0002-5348-9335

Phone: +613 9230 8594

Email: Rachel.Busbridge@acu.edu.au

Location: ACU Melbourne Campus

Rachel Busbridge is a Senior Lecturer (Sociology) in the National School of Arts and Humanities, based in Melbourne. Prior to joining ACU, she held research positions at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, La Trobe University and Freie Universität Berlin as an Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Research Fellow.

Rachel is a political sociologist who specialises in cultural politics. She has particular interests in social and political theory, postcolonialism, nationalism and urban politics. Her work has appeared in leading international journals like Political Geography, Political Studies, Theory, Culture and Society, British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies and Social Identities, amongst others. Rachel’s first book, Multicultural Politics of Recognition and Postcolonial Citizenship: Rethinking the Nation (2018), was published by Routledge as part of the Postcolonial Politics series. Her second book How Local Governments Govern Culture War Conflicts (co-authored with Mark Chou) is published with Cambridge University Press. She is currently working on her third book, Postcolonialism and Political Theory, which is under contract with Polity Press.

Rachel is an Editor of Thesis Eleven: Critical Theory and Historical Sociology (Sage) and current Co-Convener of the Social Theory Thematic Group of The Australian Sociological Association (TASA).

Academia profile

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  • Chou, M. & Busbridge, R. (2020). How Local Governments Govern Culture War Conflicts. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Busbridge, R. (2018). Multicultural Politics of Recognition and Postcolonial Citizenship: Rethinking the Nation. Oxon & New York: Routledge.

Journal Articles

  • Chou, M., Moffitt, B. & Busbridge, R. (2021) The localist turn in populism studies. Swiss Political Science Review. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/spsr.12490
  • Busbridge, R. (2021) Changing the date: Local councils, Australia Day and cultures of national commemoration. Journal of Sociology. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/14407833211044548
  • Busbridge, R. (2021) Postcolonial political theory. In Oxford Bibliographies of Political Science, ed. Sandy Maisel. New York: Oxford University Press. https://www.oxfordbibliographies.com/view/document/obo-9780199756223/obo-9780199756223-0334.xml
  • Busbridge, R. & Chou, M. (2020) Culture Wars and City Politics, Revisited: Local Councils and the Australia Day Controversy. Urban Affairs Review. https://doi.org/10.1177/1078087420945034
  • Busbridge,R., Moffitt, B. & Thorburn, J. (2020) Cultural Marxism: Far-right Conspiracy Theory in Australia's Culture Wars. Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture. https://doi.org/10.1080/13504630.2020.1787822
  • Busbridge, R. (2020) Messianic Time, Settler Colonial Technology and the Elision of Palestinian Presence in Jerusalem's Historic Basin. Political Geography. 79. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.polgeo.2020.102158
  • Chou, M. & Busbridge, R. (2019) Culture Wars, Local Government, and the Australia Day Controversy: Insights from Urban Politics Research. Urban Policy & Research. 37(3): 367-377.
  • Bashir, B. & Busbridge, R. (2019) The Politics of Decolonisation and Bi-Nationalism in Israel/Palestine. Political Studies. 67(2): 388-405.
  • Busbridge, R. (2018) Israel-Palestine and the Settler Colonial Turn: From Interpretation to Decolonisation. Theory, Culture & Society. 35(1): 91-115.
  • Busbridge, R. (2017) The Wall has Feet but So Do We: Palestinian Workers in Israel and the Separation Wall. British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, 44(3): 373-390.

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