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Cora Baldock

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Cora Baldock was born on the 16th December 1935 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. She commenced her studies at the University of Leiden, completing the equivalent of a Masters in Sociology and later Bachelor of History, during which she undertook her first academic job as tutor and research assistant. After 10 years in Leiden, Baldock moved to New Zealand, where she undertook a PhD at Canterbury University, Christchurch. Following this, she headed to the USA, teaching first at San Diego State College, California and later Bernard Baruch College, City University of New York. Baldock then made the transition to Australia, lecturing at the Australian National University, before taking a post as Senior Lecturer and then Professor of Sociology at Murdoch University, Perth. Over the course of her 40-year academic career Baldock has published widely, with her main contributions in the fields of paid and unpaid work, the history of sociology in Australia and New Zealand, family and social welfare policy, and most recently transnational caregiving between migrants and their families. Some of her key publications include Sociology and Social Change Theory (1972) and Families Caring Across Borders (co-authored with Loretta Baldassar and Raelene Wilding, 2007). Baldock has also been significantly involved in the advocacy of equal opportunity for women. She served as President of TASA from 1979 to 1980, and, in the 1990s, as a member of the Federal Government’s Multicultural Advisory Committee. Baldock retired from formal academic duties in 2001, becoming Emeritus Professor at Murdoch University.