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Raewyn Connell

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Raewyn Connell was born in Sydney on the 3rd of January 1944. First undertaking a BA at the University of Melbourne and finishing with a first class honours in history, Raewyn went on to complete a PhD in 1970 in political sociology/psychology at the University of Sydney. After working as a Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in both Government and Sociology, Connell was appointed Foundation Professor of Sociology at Macquarie University in 1976, one of the youngest people ever appointed to an academic chair in Australia. She left this post in 1991 and went on to hold positions in the USA, serving as Professor of Australian Studies at Harvard University (1991-1992) and Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz (1992-1995), before returning to a chair of Education at the University of Sydney. Connell has written extensively on subjects ranging from class dynamics, gender relations and educational inequalities, to intellectuals and knowledge structures, and has been awarded several distinguished service awards for this body of research. In 2010 TASA created an Award in her name. Connell is well known for her pioneering work on the social construction of gender and sexuality, with her book Masculinities (1995, 2005) and Gender: In World Perspective (2009). She is also internationally known for her engagement with social theorists outside the global north, and has published extensively in this field (for example, Southern Theory 2007). Connell was president of SAANZ from 1987-1988, and has been a mentor to many students and early career academics. Outside the university, she has been an advisor to UNESCO and UNO initiatives concerning men, boys and masculinities, and active in unions and movements for peace and gender equality. Raewyn Connell currently holds a University Chair at the University of Sydney.