DR Sophie Rudolph

DR Sophie Rudolph




  • As a non-Indigenous Australian, I have had a long-standing interest in exploring issues of social justice, diversity and equity in education and, in particular, the impact that colonial history has on present day inequalities in Australia. These interests frame my teaching and research practices. My research includes sociological and historical examinations of education and investigates issues of curriculum, pedagogy and politics in education, policy and practice. My work is informed by critical and post-structuralist theories and aims to offer opportunities for working towards social change.   


Selected publications


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2016
  • M Ed, University of Melbourne 2012
  • Grad Dip Ed, Monash University 2006
  • BA, Monash University 2005

Awards and honors

  • Early Career Conference Paper award - International Standing Committee on the History of Education (ISCHE), 2017
  • Chancellors Prize for Excellence in the PhD thesis - University of Melbourne, 2016
  • Doctoral Research Prize - MGSE, 2016


Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • I am interested in supervising projects broadly within the history and sociology of education, with a particular emphasis on investigating issues of race and/or equity and the politics and ethics of education, with a preference for qualitative and critical methodologies. Please see below the projects I am currently and have in the past supervised. If your interests align with these areas or those demonstrated through my publications and research projects please be in contact via the email address on my profile. Current Supervisions E. Scrine: ‘Music therapy as an anti-oppressive practice: Critically exploring gender and power with young people in school.’ (co-supervision with Associate Professor Katrina Skews McFerran, Music Therapy), PhD, commenced March 2015. A. Seet: working title: ‘Exploring Internalised Racism amongst Asian Australians: Forging Effective Forms of Resistance’. (co-supervision with Professor Liz McKinley and Professor Ghassan Hage), PhD, commenced November 2017. M. McLellen: working title: 'Select-Entry Academic Programs in Victorian Government Schools: Their justifications, representations and implications' (co-supervision with Professor Jane Kenway), Master of Education, commenced Feb 2018. T. Delany: working title: ‘School-wide Positive Behaviour and Support’ (co-supervision with Senior Lecturers Shiralee Poed and Lisa McKay-Brown), Master of Education, commenced February 2018. Completions S. Linde: ‘Yirrkala School and the Bilingual Education Debate: a Critical Case Study’, Master of Teaching Minor Thesis, completed November 2018. A. Mulherin: 'Education for Citizenship: The Challenges of Political Liberalism in the Context of Pluralism.' Master of Teaching Minor Thesis, completed July 2017. M. Richardson: '‘Success’, discourse and young people in senior secondary schooling in Victoria: Possible implications for understanding inequality.' Master of Teaching Minor Thesis, completed November 2017. M. D’Alessandro: