Senior Lecturer in Political Science, School of Political Science & International Studies.
After more than a decade of being a dentist (public health, private practice and Aboriginal community-controlled health services), Dr Sullivan commenced studies in politics at Macquarie University before moving to the University of Queensland and completing a Masters Qualifying and PhD (1994). She was appointed to the School in 1993 but also spent 3 years (1994-96) as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Research School of Social Sciences, Institute of Advanced Studies, Australian National University. In 2001 Dr Sullivan was a Visiting Professor at the Centre of Criminology, University of Toronto and at the Belle Van Zuylen Institute of Multicultural Gender Studies, University of Amsterdam.
- The Regulation of Prostitution in Australia. This research is concerned with investigating the effects of various forms of legalisation and regulation of prostitution at the state/territory level in Australia.
- Gender and the State in Comparative Perspective - This research involves working with a team of international scholars (USA, Canada and western Europe) on the elaboration of comparative data detailing the impact of women's movements, women's policy agencies and women's activities within political parties on law and policy debates eg in relation to labour market issues, political representation, prostitution and trafficking, neo-liberal reformulations of state/society relations, indigenous/minority rights.
- Feminism and Liberalism - this project involves an analysis of recent debates between feminists about the usefulness - or otherwise - of liberalism as a vehicle for advancing the rights (including 'human rights') and status of women in the contemporary world.
- Contemporary Political Theory - including Democratic Theory - various projects engaging deconstructive and post-structural analysis.