Dr Ashley Barnwell is Senior Research Fellow in Sociology in the School of Social and Political Sciences. Her research is based in cultural sociology and social theory, and focuses on the politics of truth-telling and sharing stories in public and private life.
Ashley is interested in sociological aspects of emotions, memory, and narrative, and the role of life writing, personal archives, and literature in sociological research. From 2019–2022, she will be an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow working on the project ‘Family Secrets, National Silences: Intergenerational Memory in Settler Colonial Australia’. This project aims to investigate the inherited family secrets, stories, and memories that inform Australian'sunderstandings of colonial history.
Ashley is co-author of Reckoning with the Past: Family Historiographies in Postcolonial Australian Literature (with Joseph Cummins, Routledge 2018) and co-editor of Research Methodologies for Auto/Biography Studies (with Kate Douglas, Routledge 2019). She was the 2014 Seymour Scholar for Biography and a 2019 Research Fellow at the National Library of Australia. She has also been a Visiting Scholar at The Morgan Centre for Research into Everyday Lives, University of Manchester, at the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh, and at the National Centre for Biography at the ANU. With Dr Signe Ravn, Ashley co-directs the Narrative Network, an interdisciplinary forum for scholars working with narrative methods. With A/Prof Kris Natalier, she is co-convener of The Australian Sociological Association's Families & Relationships Thematic Group.
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What Is "Publicly Available Data"? Exploring Blurred Public-Private Boundaries and Ethical Practices Through a Case Study on Instagram
Signe Ravn, Ashley Barnwell, Barbara Barbosa Neves
Journal article | 2020 | Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics
This article adds to the literature on ethics in digital research by problematizing simple understandings of what constitutes "pub..
Review: Loving Words: Love Letters of Vance and Nettie Palmer 1909-1914. Deborah Jordan Ed.
Journal article | 2019 | Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature
Deborah Jordan has edited the early letters between Nettie Higgins (1885–1964) and Vance Palmer (1885–1959) into a fascinating lon..
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Honours, Awards and Fellowships
The Seymour Scholarship for Biography
Dean's Leadership Award
Research Excellence Award 2011 - 2014
University Medal for Sociology
The Sol Encel Prize for Sociology
Arc Early Career Researcher
Social And Political Sciences
Advisory Committee, Centre for Applied History, Macquarie University
Family and Emotions Research Group, ARC Centre for Excellence on the History of Emotions.
Affiliate Researcher, SELMA: Centre for the Study of Storytelling, Experientiality and Memory, University of Turku
International Auto/Biography Association Asia Pacific Chapter
The Australian Sociological Association
Bachelor of Arts (Sociology)
University of New South Wales
Doctor of Philosophy (Sociology)
University of New South Wales