Professor Raewyn Connell

PhD(Sydney), BA(Hons)(Melbourne)

University Chair


Phone: +61 2 9351 6247

Fax: +61 2 9351 4580

Building.Room: A35.544

Research interests

Social structures, inequalities and social justice

  • Gender relations and gender identity
  • Social change
  • Sociology of knowledge


world social science, global power structure, corporate masculinities, neocolonialism, teachers

Professional biography

Raewyn Connell, BA (Melb), PhD (Syd), holds a University Chair in the University of Sydney. She has previously held posts at the University of California at Santa Cruz, Macquarie University in Sydney, and Flinders University in Adelaide. She has held visiting posts at the University of Toronto, Harvard University, and Ruhr-Universität Bochum.

Raewyn is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, a recipient of the American Sociological Association's award for distinguished contribution to the study of sex and gender, and of the Australian Sociological Association's award for distinguished service to sociology in Australia. Raewyn's teaching fields have included general sociology, social theory, sociology of education, gender relations, sexuality, and research methods.

Currently, Raewyn is supervising seven research higher degree students, refecting the major contribution her own research and theorising about the social construction of masculinities has had in creating this international research field.

Raewyn's books, including Masculinities, and papers have been translated into 13 languages. Masculinities alone has been translated into Italian, Swedish, German, Spanish and Chinese, and is the most cited research publication in its field. More recently she has opened up questions about the relations between masculinities and neoliberal globalisation.

Raewyn is also a leading figure in other research fields, all of which are areas that demonstrate her characteristic concern for combining an understanding of large-scale social structures with recognition of personal experience and collective agency.

Making the Difference (1982) is the most discussed Australian study of social inequalities in education while in Gender and Power (1987) Raewyn developed an influential sociological theory of gender which her curent research is reformulating in a world context.

As author of Ruling Class Ruling Culture (1977) and co-author of Class Structure in Australian History (1980), Raewyn has also been a key figure in the development of an Australian sociology of class. Her other research agendas include adolescence, intellectual labour, and sexuality.

Raewyn's most recent book, Southern Theory (2007) discusses theorists unfamiliar in the European canon of social science, and explores the possibility of a genuinely global social science. Across these fields, Raewyn has tried to make social science relevant to social justice, becoming involved with campaigns, teachers and social-movement activists to bring research to bear on public policy and strategies of social change. Raewyn has conducted applied studies and given policy advice to governments about poverty and education, AIDS prevention, gender equity, and other fields.

In the past decade, Raewyn was invited by United Nations agencies to lead international discussions about masculinities, violence and peacemaking, and the role of men and boys in achieving gender equality.

Raewyn's work is widely cited in social science and humanities publications internationally. Four of her books were listed among the 10 most influential books in Australian sociology. She is frequently invited to give keynote addresses at conferences and seminars, including events in Canada, Switzerland, Germany, Senegal and Britain.


  • American Sociological Association Award, for distinguished contribution to the study of sex and gender

  • Australian Sociological Association Award, for distinguished service to sociology in Australia

Professional and community roles

Current research students

Project title Degree Research student
Early career teachers in the new NSWIT regime. MPhil Kate (Catherine) Keeley
Gender, mass media and higher education. PhD Claudia Alarcon
Writing the Unwritten, Reading the Unspoken: a study of book clubs and the decolonising agency of Indigenous language in contemporary Australian literature PhD Julie-Ann Paredes

Selected publications


  • Connell, Raewyn. (2011). Confronting Equality: Gender, Knowledge and Global Change. Sydney: Allen & Unwin.
  • Connell, R., Campbell, C., Welch, A., Bagnall, N., Hayes, D., Vickers, M. & Foley, D. (2010). Education, Change and Society. (2nd ed.), South Melbourne: Oxford University Press Australia.
  • Connell, R. (2009). Gender: In World Perspective. (2nd ed.), Cambridge, UK.: Polity.
  • Connell, R. (2007). Southern Theory: the global dynamics of knowledge in social science. Australia: Allen & Unwin.
  • Connell, R, Campbell, C, Vickers, M, Welch, A, Foley, D, Bagnall, N. (2007). Education, Change & Society(First Edition) Second revised Edition 2010 Third Revised Edition, 2013. (1st ed.), Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
  • Connell, R. (2005). Masculinities. (Vol. 1), Cambridge, UK: Polity Press.
  • Kimmel, M, Hearn, J, Connell, R. (2005). Handbook of Studies on Men & Masculinities. (Vol. 1), Thousand Oaks: Sage.

Book chapters

  • Connell, R. (2012). Sociology's narratives of global change: history, place and formations of knowledge in the discipline's past and future. In Devorah Kalekin-Fishman and Ann Denis (Eds.), The Shape of Sociology for the 21st Century: Tradition and Renewal (pp. 187–201), London: Sage Publications.
  • Connell, R. (2012). The cauldron. In Keir Wotherspoon and Erik Ropers (Eds.), Written into history : celebrating fifty years of the Melbourne Historical Journal, 1961-2011 (pp. 39–41), Parkville, Vic.: The Melbourne Historical Journal Collective.
  • Conell, R. (2012). Inside the glass tower: the construction of masculinities in finance capital (originally published in German in Feministische Studien: die Zeitschrift fuer interdisziplinaere Frauen- und Geschlechterforschung, 28(1), 2010). In Paula McDonald and Emma Jeanes (Eds.), Men, wage work and family (pp. 65–79), New York: Routledge.
  • Connell, Raewyn. (2011). Masculinity research and global society.. In Chow, Esther Ngan-Ling, Segal, Marcia Texler and Tan, Lin (Eds.), Analyzing Gender, Intersectionality, and Multiple Inequalities: Global, Transnational and Local Contexts. Advances in Gender Research (Vol. 15, pp. 51–72), Bingley UK: Emerald Group.
  • Connell, R. (2010). Learning from Each Other: Sociology on a World Scale. In S. Patel (Ed.), The ISA Handbook of Diverse Sociological Traditions (Vol. 1, pp. 40–51), London: Sage Publications.
  • Connell, R. (2010). Understanding Neoliberalism. In S. Braedley & M. Luxton (Ed.), Neoliberalism and Everyday Life (pp. 22–36), Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press.
  • Connell, R. (2010). Southern bodies: bodies, gender and sexuality in world society. In B. M. Pirani & I. Varga (Ed.), Acting Bodies and Social Networks: A Bridge between Technology and Working Memory (Vol. 1, pp. 145–156), Lanham & Plymouth: University Press of America.
  • Connell, R. (2010). Les Masculinités et les hommes dans les mouvements féministes. In P. Debenest, V. Gay & G. Girard (Ed.), Feminisme au pluriel (pp. 59–76), Paris: Syllepse.
  • Connell, R. (2009). The neoliberal parent: mothers and fathers in the new market society. In P. I. Villa & B. Thiessen (Ed.), Mtter-Vter: Diskurse, Medien, Praxen (Mother - Fater: Discourses, Media, Practices) (Vol. 1, pp. 26–40), Germany: Verlag Westfalisches Dampfboot.
  • Connell, R. (2009). Weaving history: an essay on creativity, structure and social change. In C. Crouch (Ed.), Subjectivity, Creativity and the Institution (pp. 15–29), USA: BrownWalker Press.
  • Connell, R. (2009). Der Sprung uber die Kontinente hinweg - Überlegungen zur Entwicklung von Erkenntnismethoden und Ansätzen in der Männlichkeitsforschung. In B. Aulenbacher& B. Riegraf (Ed.), Erkenntnis und Methode: Geschlechterforschung in Zeiten des Umbruchs (Vol. 1, pp. 81–99), Wiesbaden, Germany: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften.
  • Connell, R. (2009). Peripheral visions - Beyond the metropole. In J. Fahet & J. Kenway (Ed.), Globalizing the Research Imagination (pp. 53–72), Abingdon, UK: Routledge.
  • Connell, R. (2008). The Neo-liberal Parent and Schools. In George Martell (Ed.), Breaking the Iron Cage: Resistance to the Schooling of Global Capitalism (pp. 175–193), Ottawa, Canada: Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives.
  • Connell, R. (2008). The rise of the global-private: power, masculinities and the Neo-liberal world order. In Jurczyk K and Oechsle M (Eds.), Das Private Neu Denken (pp. 315–330), Muenster, Germany: Westfaelisches Dampfboot.
  • Connell, R. (2007). Men, masculinity research and gender justice. In Ilse Lenz, Charlotte Ulrich and Barbara Fersch (Eds.), Gender Orders Unbound: Globalisation, Restructuring and Reciprocity (pp. 51–68), Opladen & Farmington Hills: Verlag Barbara Budrich.
  • Connell, R. (2007). Poverty and education. In Carol De Shano Da Silva (Ed.), The Opportunity Gap (pp. 13–36), Cambridge MA: Harvard Educational Pub Group.
  • Connell, R. (2006). The New Right Triumphant: The Privatization Agenda and Public Education in Australia. In Martell G (Ed.), Education''s Iron Cage, special issue of "Our Schools/Our Selves" (Vol. 15, pp. 143–162), Ottawa: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.
  • Connell, R. (2006). Desarrollo, globalizacion y masculinidades. In G Careaga;S Cruz Sierra (Ed.), Debates Sobre Masculinidades: Poder, Desarrollo, Politicas Publicas Y Ciudadania (Vol. 1, pp. 185–210), Mexico: Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico.
  • Connell, R. (2006). Country/city men. In Campbell, H., Mayerfield Bell, M. and Finney, M. (Eds.), Country Boys : Masculinity and Rural Life (Vol. 1, pp. 255–264), Pennsylvania, US.: Pennsylvania State University Press.
  • Connell, R. (2005). Afterword: The Contemporary Politics of Masculinity. In Connel R W (Ed.), Masculinities (Vol. 1, pp. 244–266), Cambridge, UK: Polity Press.
  • Connell, R. (2005). Introduction. In Connel R W (Ed.), Masculinities Cambridge, UK: Polity Press.

Journal articles

  • Connell, R. (2012). Masculinity research and global change. Masculinidades y cambio social [Masculinities and social change] , 1(1), 4–18. DOI:10.4471/MCS.2012.01
  • Connell, R. (2012). Transsexual Women and Feminist Thought: Toward New Understanding and New Politics. Signs: journal of women in culture and society , 37(4), 857–881. DOI:10.1086/664478
  • Connell, R. (2012). The poet of autonomy: Antonio Negri as a social theorist. Sociologica, 2012(1), 1–23. DOI:10.2383/36905
  • Connell, R., & Manathunga, C. (2012). On doctoral education: how to supervise a PhD, 1985-2011. Australian Universities' Review, 54(1), 5–9.
  • Connell, Raewyn. (2012). Gender, health and theory: Conceptualizing the issue, in local and world perspective. Social Science & Medicine, 74(11), 1675–1683. DOI:10.1016/j.socscimed.2011.06.006
  • Connell, R. (2012). A Fringe of Leaves: Australian modernity and Southern perspectives. Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, 26(2), 207–214. DOI:10.1080/10304312.2012.645526
  • Connell, Raewyn. (2011). Sociology for the whole world . International Sociology , 26(3), 288–291.
  • Connell, Raewyn. (2011). Southern bodies and disability: re-thinking concepts. Third World Quarterly, 32(8), 1369–1381.
  • Connell, Raewyn. (2011). Gender and social justice: Southern perspectives. South African Review of Sociology, 42(3), 103–115.
  • Raewyn Connell and Sveva Magaraggia. (2011). Ricerca sulle questioni de genere: sangue, sudore e lacrime. Intervista a Raewyn Connell. . Studi Culturali, 8(1), 79–92.
  • Connell, R. (2010). International sociology in Taipei. Nexus, 21(2), 19–20.
  • Connell, R. (2010). Transition and the Gender Order. Polare, 83, 12–14.
  • Connell, R. (2010). Kartini’s children: on the need for thinking gender and education together on a world scale. Gender and Education, 22(6), 603–615. DOI:10.1080/09540253.2010.519577
  • Connell, R. (2010). Im Innern des gläsernen Turms: Die Konstruktion von Männlichkeiten im Finanzkapital (Inside the glass tower: the construction of masculinities in financial capital). Feministische Studien: die Zeitschrift fuer interdisziplinaere Frauen- und Geschlechterforschung (Feminist Studies: journal of interdisciplinary women's and gender studies), 28(1), 8–24.
  • Connell, R. (2010). Empowerment as Change. Development. Gender and Empowerment, 53(2), 171–174. DOI:10.1057/dev.2010.6
  • Connell, R. (2010). An ethic of clarity: reflections on sociology in public arenas. Nexus, 21(2), 29–35.
  • Connell, R. (2010). Building the neoliberal world: managers as intellectuals in a peripheral economy. Critical Sociology, 36(6), 777–792.
  • Connell, R. (2010). Two cans of paint: a transsexual life story, with reflections on gender change and history. Sexualities: studies in culture and society, 13(1), 3–19.
  • Connell, R. (2010). Bread and Waratahs. Overland, 198, 17–24.
  • Connell, R. (2010). Bons professores em um terreno perigoso: rumo a uma nova visao da qualidade e do profissionalismo. Educação e Pesquisa (Special Issue), 36, 163–182.
  • Connell, R. (2010). Periphery and Metropole in the History of Sociology. Sociologisk Forskning, 47(1), 72–86.
  • Connell, R. (2010). Lives of the businessmen. Reflections on life-history method and contemporary hegemonic masculinity. Österreichische Zeitschrift für Soziologie, 35(2), 54–71. DOI:10.1007/s11614-010-0054-z
  • Connell, R. (2010). Long marches across the landscape of gender: Chilla Bulbeck’s research and its Australian context. Australian Feminist Studies , 25(66), 379–389. DOI:10.1080/08164649.2010.520657
  • Connell, R. (2009). Accountable conduct: "Doing gender" in transsexual and political retrospect. Gender & Society, 23(1), 104–111.
  • Connell, R. (2009). All that is solid melts into air. Overland, 194, 13–17.
  • Connell, R., Fawcett, B. & Meagher, G. (2009). Neoliberalism, new public management and the human service professions: Introduction to the special issue. Journal of Sociology, 45(4), 331–338. DOI:10.1177/1440783309346472
  • Connell, R. (2009). The work of teaching. History of Education Review, 38(2), 9–16.
  • Connell, R. (2009). Fixing disadvantage in education. E Q Australia (Autumn 2009: Social inclusion), Autumn, 7–8.
  • Connell, R. (2009). Good teachers on dangerous ground: towards a new view of teacher quality and professionalism. Critical Studies in Education, 50(3), 213–229. DOI:10.1080/17508480902998421
  • Connell, R. (2009). Sociology and public arenas: A view from Australia. A S A Footnotes, 37(1).
  • Connell, R. (2008). Masculinity construction and sports in boys' education: a framework for thinking about the issue. Sport Education and Society, 13(2), 131–145.
  • Connell, R. (2008). A Thousand Miles from Kind: Men, Masculinities and Modern Institutions. Journal of Men's Studies: a scholarly journal about men and masculinities , 16(3), 237–252.
  • Connell, R. (2007). Another word for 'struggle': Lynne Segal - psychology, feminism and social justice. Overland, 186, 44–47.
  • Connell, R. (2007). The Northern Theory of Globalization. Sociological Theory, 25(4), 368–385.
  • Connell, R. (2007). The heart of the problem: South African intellectual workers, globalization and social change. Sociology: The Journal of the British Sociological Association, 41(1), 11–28.
  • Connell, R. (2007). Managing social relations: the dimension of intellectual labour. International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 27(1-2), 19–31.
  • Connell, R. (2007). News from the coalface: experiences of gender reform by the staff of public sector agencies. International Feminist Journal of Politics, 9(2), 137–153.
  • Connell, R, Crawford, J. (2007). Mapping the intellectual labour process. Journal of Sociology, 43(2), 187–205.
  • Connell, R. (2006). Northern theory: The political geography of general social theory. Theory and Society, 35(2), 237–264.
  • Connell, R. (2006). The experience of gender change in public sector organizations. Gender Work and Organization, 13(5), 435–452.
  • Connell, R. (2006). Chicago Values: The Neoliberal Dream and Howard Government Politics. Overland, 183, 32–38.
  • Connell, R. (2006). Advancing gender reform in large-scale organizations: a new approach for practitioners and researchers. Policy and Society: journal of public, foreign and global policy, 24(4), 1–21.
  • Connell, R. (2006). Conocimiento indigena y poder global: lecclones de los debates africanos . Nomadas, 25, 86–97.
  • Connell, R. (2006). Glass ceilings or gendered institutions? Mapping the gender regimes of public sector worksites. Public Administration Review, 66(6), 837–849.
  • Connell, R. (2006). Core activity - Reflexive intellectual workers and cultural crisis. Journal of Sociology, 42(1), 5–23.
  • Connell, R. (2005). Growing up masculine: Rethinking the significance of adolescence in the making of masculinities. Irish Journal of Sociology, 14(2), 11–28.
  • Connell, R, Wood, J. (2005). Globalization and business masculinities. Men and Masculinities, 7(4), 347–364.
  • Connell, R, Messerschmidt, J. (2005). Hegemonic masculinity: Rethinking the concept. Gender & Society, 19(6), 829–859.
  • Connell, R, Crawford, J. (2005). Are we postmodern yet? The cultural politics of Australian intellectual workers. Australian Journal of Political Science, 40(1), 1–15.
  • Connell, R. (2005). Change among the gatekeepers: Men, masculinities and gender equality in the global arena. Signs: journal of women in culture and society , 30(3), 1801–1825.
  • Connell, R. (2005). A really good husband: Work/life balance, gender equity and social change. Australian Journal of Social Issues, 40(3), 369–383.
  • Connell, R. (2005). Boys, masculinities and curricula: the construction of masculinity in practice-oriented subjects. Zeitschrift fuer Internationale Bildungsforschung und Entwicklungspaedagogik, 28(4), 21–27.
  • Connell, R, Wood, J, Crawford, J. (2005). The global connections of intellectual workers: An Australian study. International Sociology, 20(1), 5–26.

Conference papers

  • Connell, R. (2010). Antipodes: Australian sociology's struggles with place, memory and neoliberalism. In M. Burawoy, M. Chang & M. F. Hsieh Facing an Unequal World Challenges for a Global Sociology, ISA Conference of the Council of National Assocations 2009 (Vol. 2,pp. 211–228). Taipei, Taiwan, 23-25 March 2009.
  • Connell, R. (2007). Advising schools about gender. In . Kaohsiung, Taiwan, 11-12 February 2006.
  • Connell, R. (2007). Men's movements. In . Kaohsiung, Taiwan, 11-12 February 2006.
  • Connell, R. (2006). Personal reflections. In . Kaohsiung, Taiwan, 11-12 February 2006.
  • Connell, R. (2006). Globalization and gender equity. In . Kaohsiung, Taiwan, 11-12 February 2006.
  • Connell, R. (2005). The nature of public education. In . Parliament House, Melbourne, 21 May 2005.


  • Connell, R. (2012). Neoliberal globalization, masculinity and gender justice, The world financial review, March - April 2012, pp.36-38.
  • Connell, R. (2012). Will local autonomy improve public schools? , Sydney Morning Herald, 17/03/2012.
  • Dados, N., & Connell, R. (2012). The global South, Contexts: understanding people in their social worlds, 11(1) 2012, pp.12-13.
  • Connell, R. (2012). Race and reflexivity: ten questions to Mustafa Emirbayer and Matthew Desmond, Interview in Perspectives: newsletter of the ASA theory section, 34(1) May 2012.
  • Connell, R. (2012). Ideology of the marketplace underpins school "reforms" , Opinion piece for The Drum 16/03/2012.
  • Connell, R. (2012). Stories of resistance and stories of change (Guest editorial), Issue of a gender justice information network community e-magazine.
  • Connell, R. (2012). MyUniversity: notes on neoliberalism and knowledge, Nexus: Newsletter of the Australian Sociological Association, Volume 24(2), pp. 11-14.
  • Meagher, G., Connell, R. & Fawcett, B. (2009). Special Issue: Neoliberalism, New Public Management and the human service professions, Journal of Sociology 45(4), Special Issue edited by G. Meagher, R. Connell & B. Fawcett.