Meredith Jones is a Reader in Gender and Media Studies, and is Director of the Research Centre for Global Lives.
She edits the Routledge series Gender, Bodies and Transformation.
Meredith works at the intersections of media theory, gender studies, and cultural studies. She is particularly interested in popular culture, visuality, and embodiment, and has published widely in these areas. Her chapter 'Media-Bodies and Photoshop' is a good example of how she links them. She often speaks publicly about popular culture and feminism, and has edited a themed edition of Critical Studies in Fashion and Beauty about the Kardashians as well as hosting a scholarly 'Kimposium'.
Her latest book, Beautyscapes: Mapping Cosmetic Surgery Tourism (written with Ruth Holliday and David Bell) will be published by Manchester University Press this year. Her first book, Skintight: An Anatomy of Cosmetic Surgery, is a widely-cited foundational text in studies of makeover culture, cosmetic surgery and feminist theories of the body. Her other books include a major collection of feminist writing about cosmetic surgery that she co-edited with philosopher Cressida Heyes, Cosmetic Surgery: A Feminist Primer. She founded the Trunk series of books with artist and designer Suzanne Boccalatte, which includes curated collections of artworks and essays about Hair and Blood.
Meredith's current work centres around popular understandings of vaginas and vulvas--see her article 'Expressive Surfaces: The Case of the Designer Vagina' for an example of how she's thinking about this. She is an active member of the Advisory Board of The Vagina Museum.
- PhD in Cultural Studies, University of Western Sydney, 2006
- BA Hons. in Women's Studies, 1st Class, University of Sydney, 1998
Autumn 2018: Convenor+Lecturer: Visual Cultures (Level 2)
Spring 2019: Convenor+Lecturer: Gender, Sexuality and Feminism (Level 3)
Spring 2019: Convenor+Lecturer: Beyond Human (Level 3)
Newest selected publications
Holliday, R., Jones, M. and Bell, D. (2019) 'Beautyscapes: Mapping Cosmetic Surgery Tourism'. Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press. ISSN 13: 978-1-5261-3427-1 Open Access Link
Jones, M. (2017) 'Expressive Surfaces: The Case of the Designer Vagina'. Theory, Culture and Society, 34 (7-8). pp. 29 - 50. ISSN: 0263-2764 Open Access Link
Jones, M., Holliday, R., Bell, D., Cheung, O. and Probyn, E. (Accepted) 'Sun Sea Sand and Silicone Aesthetic surgery tourism in the UK and Australia'.
Jones, M. (Accepted) '‘Sleep, Enchantment and Powerful Passivity’', in Gibson, S. (ed.) Re-Enchantment. Ausralia : University of Technology Sydney.