• 91 Citations
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1989 …2020

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Personal profile


My work over the last decade has focused on autism, inclusive schooling and the politics of stigma. I have two PhDs - one in social anthropology awarded in 1994 by the Australian National University and the other in early childhood awarded in 2015 by Macquarie University. My work is interdisciplinary, spanning anthropology, sociology, feminist theory and disability studies. After working for Autism Spectrum Australia and the Australian Human Rights Commission, I have returned to Macquarie University as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in autism. To date, I have published 2 books, 16 sole-authored journal articles and 5 book chapters (2 in-press) as well as journalism, memoir, poetry and theatre reviews. My most recent book is a memoir, Do Oysters Get Bored? A Curious Life (UWA Publishing).


External positions

Honorary Associate, Anthropology, University of Sydney

2017 → …

Project Officer, Australian Human Rights Commission


Research Assistant, Autism Spectrum Australia


Editor, The Australian Journal of Anthropology


Assistant Professor in Cultural Studies, Lingnan University


Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Centre for Cross-Cultural Research, Australian National University


Tutor, Anthropology, University of Sydney

1988 → …

Associate Lecturer in Aboriginal History, University of Western

1988 → …

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Research Outputs

Drawing in the margins: my son's arsenal of monsters - (autistic) imagination and the cultural capital of childhood

Lilley, R., 2020, Monster anthropology: ethnographic explorations of transforming social worlds through monsters. Mushabash, Y. & Henning Presterudstuen, G. (eds.). London: Bloomsbury, p. 191-211 21 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Fostering collaborative family-school relationships to support students on the autism spectrum

    Lilley, R., 2019, The SAGE handbook of autism and education. Jordan, R., Roberts, J. M. & Hume, K. (eds.). London: SAGE Publications, p. 351-362 12 p. (Sage Reference).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Knowing autism: the place of experiential expertise

    Pellicano, E., Den Houting, J., du Plooy, L. & Lilley, R., 2019, In : Behavioral and Brain Sciences. 42, 2 p., e107.

    Research output: Contribution to journalComment/opinion

  • We look after our own mob: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander experiences of autism

    Lilley, R., Sedgwick, M. & Pellicano, E., 2019, Sydney: Macquarie University. 60 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

    Open Access
  • What house across the street?

    Lilley, R., 2019, In : Rabbit: A Journal of Nonfiction Poetry. 29, p. 82-83 2 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalOther journal contribution

  • Prizes


    • 6 Invited talk

    poetry at the house

    Rozanna Lilley (Speaker)
    13 Mar 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Crossing Over: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Non-fiction

    Rozanna Lilley (Speaker)
    1 Sep 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Do Oysters Get Bored? A Curious Life

    Rozanna Lilley (Speaker)
    24 Aug 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Author Talk

    Rozanna Lilley (Speaker)
    18 Jul 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk