About Chris

I’m currently postdoctoral research fellow at the Centre for Law and Genetics, University of Tasmania. My supervisor is Professor Diane Nicol. The project we are working on is titled “Genome Editing: Formulating an Australian Community Response.” Read more about it here and here

I was previously (2020) postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Melbourne. There I worked with Professor Megan Munsie on a project investigating the regulation and governance of autologous stem cell therapies in Australia and globally.

In 2018, I conducted a major review of the scope of disciplinary powers exercisable by the NSW medical regulator under the relevant health practitioner law. I have also published original research on the the history and politics of novel psychiatric devices, including the e-meter and telepsychiatric devices. I have also published work on the legal frameworks regulating stem cell interventions in Australia and internationally.

I am managing editor of Philament and production editor of the Australasian Journal of American Studies.

Background

I hold degrees in Arts (Honours I) and Law (Sydney), and a PhD in the social history and literature of medicine (Sydney).

Conferred in 2015, my PhD thesis developed a novel theory of authorship based on a model of the posthuman subject as molecular and microbial. It examined various literary and essayistic representations of psychosis with reference to contemporary psychiatric and molecular models of mind disorder.

One of the thesis’s central arguments was that in many historical representations of mind disorder — including the essays and fiction of authors Aldous Huxley, Herman Melville, and Philip K. Dick — there emerges a series of consistent letimotifs, figures, or imagines. In the thesis, I called these leitmotifs “psychotropes.”  I made the claim that much of the diagnostic and taxonomic data in psychiatry emerged in collaboration with these psychotropes of mind disorder. In turn, psychiatry generated a worldview of mental harm and illness that remains firmly enmeshed in the symbolic ideas that preceded it.

My publications may be viewed on Academia.edu.

Running

I’m a keen casual runner—feel free to follow me on Strava.