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Dr Lekkie Hopkins

Adjunct Senior Lecturer

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Dr Lekkie Hopkins’ professional background is as an archivist, radio broadcaster, oral historian and teacher.

Professional Memberships

  • Association for the Study of Australian Literature
  • Australian Association of Writing Practitioners
  • Australian Women’s and Gender Studies Association
  • Oral History Association of Australia

Awards and Recognition

University and National Teaching Awards

  • 2005 - Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • 2006 - CAAUT Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning For developing and articulating a passionate pedagogy that inspires students to thrive, to strive for excellence, and to become lifelong learners.


  • 2004 - Life member, Centre for Research for Women, WA
  • 2011 - One of 100 women to be inducted into UNIFEM’s inaugural Western Australian Women’s Hall of Fame, to celebrate the centenary of International Women’s Day.

Research Areas and Interests

Dr Lekkie Hopkins’ research work is feminist, qualitative and poststructuralist. She is particularly interested in the history of social protest, and has recently worked with a team of researchers to write a life story of former Australian senator Patricia Giles. In the past decade she has collaborated on research projects investigating services to people who experience interpersonal violence in Western Australia; workplace responses to domestic and family violence in Western Australia; the writing of collective biography; and the uses of narrative in qualitative research.

  • Feminist poststructuralist theories and research methodologies
  • Biography/autobiography/lifewriting
  • Social activisms
  • Oral history
  • Arts-based research methodologies

Staff Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, James Cook University, 2001 .
  • Diploma in Education, Sydney Teachers College, 1970 .
  • Bachelor of Arts, James Cook University, 1969 .


Recent Research Grants

  • Biography of Doris Eaton Research Project,  Njamal People's Trust,  Grant,  2012 - 2014,  $25,000.
  • Patricia Giles: A biographical study,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration - Grant,  2005 - 2006,  $40,111.
  • Freedom from fear program impact of domestic violence in the workplace project,  Office for Women`s Policy WA,  Grant,  2003 - 2005,  $45,000.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)


  • Hopkins, L., Roarty, L., (2010), Among the chosen : the life story of Pat Giles., 288, Fremantle, WA..

Journal Articles

  • Hopkins, L., (2013), Articulating Everyday Catastrophes: Reflections on the Research Literacies of Lorri Neilsen. M/C Journal. A Journal of Media and Culture, 16(1), online, Australia.
  • Robson, J., Brady, D., Hopkins, L., (2010), From practice to the page: Multi-disciplinary understandings of the written component of practice-led studies. Australasian Drama Studies, 57(October), 188-199, Australia.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Producing The Moon: An Account Of The Festival Of Perth: 1953-1999.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  No Place For A White Woman? An Exploration Of The Interplay Of Gender, Race And Class On Power Relations Experienced By White Western Women In Cross- Cultural Settings.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Feeling The Fleshed Body: The Aftermath Of Childhood Rape.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Diva Voice: Reimagining The Diva In Contemporary Feminist Performance.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Sex, Death And Desperation: Infanticide, Neonaticide And Concealment Of Birth In Colonial Western Australia.

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Plants, People And Place: Cultural Botany And The Southwest Australian Flora.
  • Master of Arts,  "often Treated Harshly": Girls And Young Women In 1957 Perth..
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Material Murmurings..
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  "sink Or Swim: A Memoir" And "writing Memoir: Truths, Tensions, Transitions: An Essay.".
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