Melanie White is Senior Lecturer in Social Theory at the School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, UNSW Sydney. She is also a fellow of the UNSW Scientia Education Academy.
Melanie is also Adjunct Research Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.
Melanie's research is in the fields of classical and contemporary social theory. Her primary research concerns the broad question of what it means to be social. Melanie’s current research concerns the place of the animal in the constitution of the discipline of sociology in 19C France. She has particular interest in the social theories of Emile Durkheim, Gabriel Tarde, Henri Bergson, Michel Foucault and Georges Canguilhem. She is interested in questions about the relations between habits & creativity, error & uncertainty, and the way that the ordinary becomes extraordinary. She also enjoys rediscovering lost and forgotten thinkers and considering how they contribute to contemporary debates. She has published in high-ranking international journals such as Body & Society, Journal of Classical Sociology and Economy and Society. Her book Bergson, Politics, and Religion co-edited with Alexandre Lefebvre (University of Sydney) is published with Duke University Press.