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Dr Catherine Earl

Lecturer in Sociology

Phone:   +61 3 990 26846 or +61 3 512 26846
Fax:   +61 3 990 26359 or +61 3 512 26359
Office:   1E 127, Gippsland Campus


Catherine is a social anthropologist and oral historian. She has lectured and tutored at Monash Gippsland since 2007. Previously teaching in the DoTS Pathway, Catherine has been the recipient of a Gippsland campus award for Team Teaching (2008) and a Special Commendation, Vice Chancellor’s Award for Programs that Enhance Learning (2010).

Research interests

Catherine’s research interests centre on: social change, social mobility and social differentiation in late twentieth and twenty-first century Vietnam and Australia.

Her doctoral project titled Longing and belonging: an ethnographic study of migration, cultural capital and social change among Ho Chi Minh City’s re-emerging middle classes (2008) was based on fifteen months of ethnographic fieldwork conducted in Vietnam in 2000-2001, 2004 and 2005.  Recent research based on fieldwork in Ho Chi Minh City since 2008 focuses on university students, education mobility and social change in post-conflict society.

Recent commissioned oral histories include a history of a Gippsland-based regional community health service and a Melbourne-based ethnic women’s community organization. 

Current research projects

Recent publications


Peer reviewed journal articles

Book chapters

Recent conference presentations


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Postgraduate supervision



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