Simone Dennis

Professor Simone Dennis is a Senior Lecturer in Anthropology at the ANU Research School of Humanities and the Arts.

Her research interests coalesce around phenomenologically-informed anthropological theories of embodiment, the sense, and power. These interests are presently explored in ethnographic work on Christmas Island, which is framed by the politics of nationhood in contemporary Australia and the ways in which they have played out for Christmas Island’s multi-ethnic population; in work among Persian women migrants, who have fled Iran in the past two decades; in research conducted in the technoscientific spaces of major Australian research laboratories in which mice and rats feature as animal models for human disease research.

More recently, Simone has looked at smoking practice in Australian urban spaces, and the ways in which smoking entails and occasions social and corporeal relationships with others under increasingly legislated conditions governing space and behaviour and comportment within it.