Dr Carolyn Michelle

Senior Lecturer, Women's & Gender Studies

Qualifications: MSocSc, PhD Waikato

About Me

Programme:Women's and Gender Studies

School:Social Sciences

Faculty:Arts and Social Sciences

Research Interests and Expertise

My current research interest is in the area of gender and new technologies, particularly human assisted reproduction and emerging biogenetic technologies. I am also presently engaged in collaborative research projects on audience reception theory and research. In the recent past I have conducted research on co-constructions of gender and ethnicity in advertising, media representations of domestic violence (with C. Kay Weaver), and discursive constructions of ‘motherhood’ and ‘the family’.


I have experience using a range of qualitative and quantitative methods, including feminist poststructuralist discourse analysis, structured/semi-structured/unstructured interviewing, feminist content analysis, survey research, and Q methodology. I have a growing interest in emerging online research methodologies and am currently engaged in two projects using online research tools.

'Favourite' Theorist(s)

Donna Haraway, Rosi Braidotti, Michel Foucault, Judith Butler.

Recent Publications

  • Schmidt, J., Michelle, C., & Simon-Kumar, R. (2016). Editorial: Women's Studies Journal. Women's Studies Journal, 30(2), 3-5.

  • Davis, C. H., Michelle, C., Hardy, A., & Hight, C. (2016). Making global audiences for a Hollywood ‘blockbuster’ feature film: Marketability, playability and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012). Journal of Fandom Studies, 4(1), 105-125.

  • Michelle, C., Davis, C. H., & Vladica, F. (2015). Understanding variation in audience engagement and response: An application of the composite model to receptions of Avatar. In Z. Vukanovic, J. B. Lesourd, & S. Wildman (Eds.), Consumption and Branding Value Networks in New Media Markets (Vol. 1, pp. 245-280). Mediaxxi-Formalpress.

  • Michelle, C., Davis, C. H., Hardy, A. L., & Hight, C. (2015). Pleasure, disaffection, 'conversion' or rejection? The (limited) role of prefiguration in shaping audience engagement and response. International Journal of Cultural Studies, 18 pages. doi:10.1177/1367877915571407

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Papers I Teach

Research Supervised

Recent PhD projects I have supervised:

- Susan Chapman, 'The Visual Representation of New Zealand Women Athletes in Print Media'
- Jane Cook, 'Sex, Metaphysics and Mental-ease'
- Kim Anh Duong, 'A feminist critical evaluation of the Vietnamese National Action Programme on Trafficking in Women'
- Ernesta Mosha, 'Discursive Constructions of Gender-Based Violence In Kiswahili Novels'
- Jane Wambui Njagi, 'Abortion Discourses And Politics In Kenya'
- Arezou Zalipour, 'The Cinema of Asian Diaspora in New Zealand'

Contact Details

Name  Extn.  Username  Room  Department
Michelle, Dr Carolyn 9364 caro K.2.05A Women's and Gender Studies Programme
Michelle, Dr Carolyn 9364 caro K.2.05A Sociology Programme

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