Professor Mindy Blaise

Professor Mindy Blaise

BSc Texas A&M University, MA Seattle University, MEd Teachers College, Columbia University, EdD Teachers College, Columbia University

Discipline Group Leader, Early Childhood and Director, Research

Minday Blaise is Discipline Group Leader, Early Childhood. and Director, Research in the College of Arts & Education at Victoria University (VU).

Before coming to VU Mindy was a kindergarten teacher in the US. She has worked in American, Australian, and Hong Kong universities. Mindy’s scholarship relates to engaging with ‘postdevelopmentalism' and post empiricism to reconfigure early childhood research, teaching, and curriculum. A large part of this work involves ‘grappling-with’ feminist practices that are useful for interrupting the notion of the developmental child.

Mindy is a founding member and principal researcher of the Common World Childhoods Research Collective that promotes interdisciplinary research that focuses upon more-than-human childhood relations and pedagogies.

Mindy publishes across both early childhood education and gender studies. Her book, Playing it straight! Uncovering gender discourses in an early childhood classroom (Routledge) brings together feminism, queer theory, and early childhood to rethink childhood, teaching, and learning. Her most recent book, The SAGE Handbook of Play and Learning was co-edited with Liz Brooker and Susan Edwards and showcases how postdevelopmentalism is taken up in early childhood.

Publications

Refereed journal articles

Blaise, M. & Hamm, C. & Iorio, J. (2016). Modest witness(ing) and lively stories: Paying attention to matters of concern in early childhood. Pedagogy, Culture, and Society. Online first.

Blaise, M. (2015). Fabricated childhoods: Uncanny encounters with the more-than-human. Special Issue: Monstrous Childhoods, Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education.

Taylor, A., Pacini-Ketchabaw, V., de Finney, S. & Blaise, M. (2016). Inheriting the Ecological Legacies of Settler Colonialism, Special Section in Environmental Humanities. 7 (1), 129-132, doi:10.1215/22011919-3616362.

Bone, J. & Blaise, M. (2015). An uneasy assemblage: prisoners, animals, and asylum seeking children. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood Education, 16 (1) 18-31. DOI 10.1177/1463949114566754

Blaise, M. (2014). Interfering with gendered development: A timely intervention. Special Issue: Negotiation of Gender in Early Childhood Settings, International Journal of Early Childhood, 46 (3) 317-326. DOI: 10.1007/s13158-014-0122-9.

Books

Brooker, L., Blaise, M., & Edwards, S. (Eds.) (2014). The SAGE Handbook of Play and Learning. London: SAGE Publishers.

Latham, G., Blaise, M.,Dole, S.,Faulkner, J., and Malone, K. (2011). Learning to teach: New times, New practices. 2nd Rev. Ed. Melbourne: Oxford University Press.

Blaise, M. &Nuttall, J. (2010). Teaching across the early years. Melbourne: Oxford University Press.

Blaise, M. (2005). Playing it straight!: Uncovering gender discourses in the early childhood classroom. NY: Routledge Press.

Refereed chapters

Taylor, A. & Blaise, M. (2016). Queer departures into more-than-human worlds. In L. Allen & M.L. Rasmussen (Eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Sexuality Education. London: Palgrave/MacMillan.

Blaise, M. (2016). Critical theory. In D.L. Couchenour & K. Chrisman (Eds), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Contemporary Early Childhood Education. London: SAGE.

Blaise, M. (2016). Gender roles. In D.L. Couchenour & K. Chrisman (Eds), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Contemporary Early Childhood Education. London: SAGE.

Pacini-Ketchabaw, V., Taylor, A., & Blaise, M. (2016). Decentreing the human in multi-species ethnographies. In C. Taylor & C. Hughes (Eds). Posthuman research practices. London: Palgrave/MacMillan.

Blaise, M. (2016). Theoretical perspectives. In J. Ailwood, W. Boyd, & M. Theobold (Eds). Early Childhood Education and Care in Australia: contexts, policies and provision. Sydney.

View more of Mindy's publications in VU's Research Repository.

Postgraduate research students & fellows

Current supervision

1 PhD student (external co-supervisor)

Completions

3 PhD students, 1 Honours student

Research grants

Internal funding grants from Hong Kong Institute of Education in 2012, totalling $275,000HKD

Internal funding grants from Hong Kong Institute of Education in 2011, totalling $1,845,000HKD

Internal funding grants from Hong Kong Institute of Education in 2010, totalling $140,000HKD

External funding from Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Canada, in 2013, totalling $25,000CAN

External funding from The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, USA, in 2006, totalling $1,000USD

External funding from The Spencer Foundation, Small Research Grants Program, The Spencer Foundation, Chicago, Illinois, USA, in 2000, totalling $6,000 USD

Professional memberships

  • American Educational Research Association
  • Australian Association for Research in Education
  • Gender and Education

Industry experience

Fleer, M., Blaise, M., Agbenyega, J., Hammer, M., Monk, H., Peers, C., Ridgway, A., & Rivalland, C. (2011-2010). Professional Learning Program: Contemporary Child Development Theory ($599,000 AUD, Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development).

Loughran, J., Mitchell, J., Doecke, B., Berry, A., Clemens, A., Parr, G., Nuttall, J., Blaise, M. (2010-2007). Leading Professional Learning ($650,000 AUD, Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development).

Fleer, M. Blaise, M., Agbenyega, J., & Hammer, M. (2010-2009). Evaluation of Early Start Kindergarten Partnerships ($160,555 AUD, Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development).

Blaise, M. & Edwards, S. (2009-2008). Generating multiage pedagogies with the City of Melbourne’s early childhood teachers ($64,000 AUD, City of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia).

Blaise, M. Edwards, S. & Hammer, M. (2007-2006). Investigating the experiences amongst stakeholders in family grouping models in the City of Melbourne ($26,400 AUD, City of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia).

Areas of expertise

  • Childhood studies
  • Curriculum studies
  • Early childhood education
  • Gender/Sexualities
  • Interdisciplinary research
  • Post empiricism
  • Qualitative methods

Contact details

+61 3 9919 2112