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Professor Mindy Blaise

Professor of Education

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 3875, Email:, Campus: Mount Lawley, Room: ML17112
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Telephone: +61 8 6304 3875
Campus: Mount Lawley  
Room: ML17112  


Mindy is a Vice Chancellor’s Professorial Research Fellow. She is leading an interdisciplinary project on children’s common world relations with place, materiality, and the more-than-human.


Before becoming an academic, Mindy was a kindergarten and early years teacher in the USA. She has held university positions in the USA (University of Texas, Austin), Hong Kong (The Education University of Hong Kong), and Australia (RMIT, Monash University, Victoria University).

She is a co-founding member (with Veronica Pacini-Ketchabaw, Western University, Ontario, Canada and Affrica Taylor, Canberra University) and principal researcher of the Common Worlds Research Collective. In 2016, she co-founded (with Emily Gray, RMIT and Linda Knight, QUT) the international and interdisciplinary collective, #FEAS, Feminist Educators Against Sexism.

Professional associations

  • Australian Association of Research in Education (AARE), member
  • American Educational Research Association (AERA), member
  • Gender and Education Association, member

Research interests

Creating and practicing experimental and innovative pedagogies for the Anthropocene; interdisciplinarity; postdevelopmentalism; queer theory; feminism; post empiricism; multi-species ethnography.

Mindy is interested in bringing together early childhood education and feminist environmental humanities to generate new pedagogies for the Anthropocene. In particular, she is curious about what we might learn by paying attention to children’s relations with place, materials, and the more-than-human and how this might activate pedagogies that can ethically attend to the common worlds we share.

Potential research students interested in creative practice, interdisciplinarity, environmental issues (water, waste, weathering), and pedagogies for the Anthropocene are encouraged to get in touch.


  • Doctor of Education, United States of America, 1999.


Recent Research Grants

  • Using creative arts, pedagogical documentation, and dialogue to transform children's relations to waste,  Perpetual Ltd,  IMPACT Philanthropy Application Program,  2018 - 2020,  $68,000.
  • Re-thinking the Rs through arts: transforming waste practices in early childhood education,  Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada,  Insight Grants,  2018 - 2019,  $11,020.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Book Chapters

  • Greishaber, S., Blaise, M., (2019), Making room for more: Complexity, diversity, and the impact of alternative perspectives on early childhood care and education. The Wiley Handbook of Early Childhood Care and Education, 617-640, Hoboken, NJ, John Wiley & Sons, DOI: 10.1002/9781119148104.
  • Blaise, M., Hamm, C., (2019), Shimmering: Animating multispecies relations with Wurundjeri country. Feminist research for 21st-century childhoods: Common worlds methods, 93-100, London, UK, Bloomsbury Academic.
  • Blaise, M., Pacini-Ketchabaw, V., (2019), Enacting Feminist Materialist Movement Pedagogies in the Early Years. Feminists researching gendered childhoods: Generative entanglements, 109-120, London, UK, Bloomsbury Publishing.
  • Blaise, M., Knight, L., Gray, E., (2019), Punk Feminism and #FEAS: A Low-Brow Protest of Academic Sexism. Strategies for Resisting Sexism in the Academy: Higher Education, Gender and Intersectionality, 269-286, Switzerland, Palgrave Macmillan/Springer Nature Switzerland AG, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-04852-5.
  • Taylor, A., Blaise, M., (2017), Queer Departures into More-Than-Human Worlds. The Palgrave Handbook of Sexuality Education, 591-609, London, UK, Palgrave Macmillan, DOI: 10.1057/978-1-137-40033-8_29.
  • Pacini-Ketchabaw, V., Blaise, M., Taylor, A., (2016), Decentering the human in multi-species ethnographies. Posthuman Research Practices in Education, 149-167, Hampshire, UK, Palgrave Macmillan, DOI: 10.1057/9781137453082.
  • Blaise, M., (2014), Gender Discourses and Play. The SAGE Handbook of Play and Learning in Early Childhood, 115-127, London, UK, SAGE Publications Ltd.

Journal Articles

  • Banerjee, B., Blaise, M., (2018), An unapologetic feminist response. Research in Education, 101(1), 17-24, United Kingdom, Sage Publications Ltd., DOI: 10.1177/0034523718792163.
  • Gray, E., Knight, L., Blaise, M., (2018), Wearing, speaking and shouting about sexism: developing arts-based interventions into sexism in the academy. The Australian Educational Researcher, 45(5), 585-601, DOI: 10.1007/s13384-018-0274-y.
  • Blaise, M., Hamm, C., Iorio, JM., (2017), Modest witness(ing) and lively stories: paying attention to matters of concern in early childhood. Pedagogy Culture and Society, 25(1), 31-42, DOI: 10.1080/14681366.2016.1208265.
  • Blaise, M., (2016), Fabricated childhoods: uncanny encounters with the more-than-human. Discourse: studies in the cultural politics of education, 37(5), 617-626, DOI: 10.1080/01596306.2015.1075697.
  • Agius, K., Aitken, J., Blaise, M., Boucher, K., Hamm, C., Iorio, JM., Lovell, B., McCartin, J., (2015), Who's swallowing the action now: Classroom ready teachers report? Discussing, understanding and wondering. Teachers College Record, 2015(May 18, 2015), article no. 17971, United States, EBSCO Publishing.
  • Bone, J., Blaise, M., (2015), An uneasy assemblage: Prisoners, animals, asylum-seeking children and posthuman packaging. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 16(1), 18-31, Sage, DOI: 10.1177/1463949114566754.
  • Taylor, A., Blaise, M., (2014), Queer worlding childhood. Discourse: studies in the cultural politics of education, 35(3), 377-392, DOI: 10.1080/01596306.2014.888842.
  • Blaise, M., (2014), Interfering with Gendered Development: A Timely Intervention. International Journal of Early Childhood, 46(3), 317-326, DOI: 10.1007/s13158-014-0122-9.
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