Professor David McCallum

Professor David McCallum

PhD, BEd, BMus (UniMelb)

Researcher and Lecturer, College of Arts & Education

David McCallum teaches Sociology of Law and is head of the Sociology, Gender Studies and Community Development Discipline Group in the College of Arts. He is author or co-author of three books and over 40 articles in research field of history of human sciences and a member of the Sociological Association of Australia and the International Sociological Association. 



McCallum, D. (2015 )‘Unstable categories: children in welfare and justice’, Griffith Law Review, 24, (2), doi/full/10.1080/10383441.2015.1029108

McCallum, D. (2014) ‘Criminal neglect: tracing the category of the Aboriginal ‘neglected child’, Social Identities. Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture, 20 (4-5), 379-390.

McCallum, D. (2014) ‘Bio-child: human sciences and governing through freedom’, Journal of Sociology,  50(4), 458–471.

McCallum, D. (2011) ‘Liberal forms of governing Australian Indigenous peoples’, Journal of Law and Society, 38 (4), 604-30.

McCallum, D. (2011) ‘Money, discipline, and liberal political reason’, Social and Legal Studies, 20 (4), 540-545.

Refereed chapters

McCallum, D. (2012) 'Analysing criminalisation in rural community contexts', in J Maidment and U Bay (eds) Social work in Rural Australia: enabling practice, Sydney, Allen and Unwin.

Conference presentations

McCallum, D. (2014) ‘Cultural abuse, inter-generational trauma, resilience’. Reflections, Intersections and Aspirations.  50 years of Australian Sociology, 25 – 28 November 2013,  Monash University, Caulfield Campus.  Editors in Chief: Nick Osbaldiston, Catherine Strong and Helen Forbes-Mewett,  ISBN: 978-0-646-91126-7

McCallum, D. (2013) ‘Spaces of Assessment / Spaces of Incarceration: Destablising the Modernist Family Project, The Australian Sociological Association 2013 Annual Conference Refereed Conference Proceedings

McCallum, D. (2013) ‘Knowing and managing the Welfare Child’, Knowing, Making, Governing. Asia-Pacific Science, Technology and Society Network Biennial Conference 2013. National University of Singapore

McCallum, D. (2013) ‘Spaces of civilization/spaces of incarceration’, 4th Urban Space and Social Life Conference, Tongli Town, Suzhou, China


Bachelor of Arts (Legal Studies)

Current supervision

Co-supervision of 2 PhD students and 2 honours students.

Research grants

ARC Discovery Grant 1994-6  $96,000

Industry experience

Police governance bodies, local government social policy

Areas of expertise

  • Governance
  • History of human sciences
  • Indigenous Studies
  • Political sociology
  • Social Policy.
  • Sociology
  • Sociology of law

Contact details

+61 3 9919 4174