Hello! I’m Brady, a Lecturer in Sociology at Monash University in the School of Social Sciences. I was awarded my PhD in sociology from Griffith University in 2012. From 2013-2016 I was Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Tasmania, and in 2017 I took up a role as Lecturer in Sociology at Monash.
My research sits between the sociology of youth and a cultural sociology of digital media. I’m interested in how young people use social media, and how social media come to serve as sites of identity-work and archival memory constituted through digital traces.
My key areas of interest are:
- Youth cultures
- Digital social media
- Gender and sexuality
- Qualitative research methods and research ethics
My doctoral research explored how young people use MySpace and Facebook to construct a reflexive sense of identity and belonging. Post-PhD, I’ve continued to study Facebook use, focussing more on sustained long-term use of the site amongst young people, to better understand how people reflect on and make sense of their own digital traces. I’ve also branched out into other areas of sociology, including gender and sexuality (looking at how young queer people use social media) and leisure studies (exploring how tourists use social media).
The other part of my job – which I love – is teaching. I have taught into a range of subjects in the areas of sociology, cultural and media studies, youth studies, and internet studies. For a full list of courses/units I have taught into, see my teaching page.
Beyond teaching and research, I’m engaged in a range of service activities and professional associations, including an evaluation of a Smith Family project in Tasmania aimed at increasing educational outcomes for young disadvantaged people. I’m on the steering committee for the Institute for the Study of Social Change (ISC) and on the executive of The Australian Sociological Association (TASA), responsible for the Association’s digital media. I’m also a proud member of the Consortium of Youth, Generations and Culture (CYGC), Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR), and the Digital Data & Society Consortium.