Her latest book, Beautyscapes: Mapping Cosmetic Surgery Tourism (written with Ruth Holliday and David Bell) is based on extensive fieldwork carried out in Thailand, Malaysia, South Korea, Tunisia, Spain, and Czech Republic. It also comprises digital research into cosmetic surgery websites and cosmetic surgery communities on social media. The book won the 2020 Foundation for Sociology of Health and Illness Prize.
Meredith works in the intersections of digital 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 social media, 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 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 is active in the creative industries and founded the Trunk series of books with artist and designer Suzanne Boccalatte, which includes curated collections of artworks and essays about Hair and Blood.
- 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.