Dr. Rachel Busbridge

Lecturer (Sociology)

Dr. Rachel Busbridge

Areas of expertise: Urban politics and conflict; Culture, identity and diversity; Nationalism; Settler colonialism

ORCID ID: 0000-0002-5348-9335

Phone: +613 9230 8594

Email: Rachel.Busbridge@acu.edu.au

Location: ACU Melbourne Campus

Rachel Busbridge is a Lecturer in Sociology in the National School of Arts, based in Melbourne. Before 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. A political sociologist, Rachel’s research interests cross nationalism, settler colonialism, political theory and urban studies. Her work has appeared in 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 is a Commissioning Editor of Thesis Eleven: Critical Theory and Historical Sociology (Sage).

Academia profile

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  • Chou, M. & Busbridge, R. (in press). 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

  • 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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