Dr Rachel Joy

Lecturer, Criminology


HEA Fellow
PhD. B.A. (Hons)
Grad. Dip. Education (English & ESL)
BFA (Sculpture)


Dr. Rachel Joy is a practicing visual artist and critical criminologist who is working at the confluence of art, law, ethics, history, critical race studies, and politics.

Rachel views their teaching and research as a process of relational change-making and is interested in the possibilities that different streams of thinking offer towards new ways of considering critical questions.

Rachel received their doctorate from the University of Melbourne and currently lectures in Criminology at the Australian College of Applied Psychology in Melbourne, Australia.

Research and Scholarship

Although they have many projects in process, Rachel is especially interested in how differing spatio-temporal concepts impact access to and experiences of Western juridical notions of justice.

Joy, Rachel, ‘Very Becoming: Transforming Our Settler Selves in Occupied Australia’ ed’s C Santos, T Crowe Morey & A Spahr To Turn to Testimony: Engaging Common Ground. Brill: Lieden. 2019.

Joy, Rachel, ‘Occupier Ontology: A non-Indigenous philosophy of origins realised through the truth procedure of visual art.’ Coolabah Special Issue: 24 &25, 2018. Reimagining Australia.

Joy, Rachel. ‘Unsettling Occupied Australia’ London Journal of Critical Thought, Vol.1. No 2, 2017.

Joy, Rachel. ‘Tau Blau Blue Dew’, in Barbara Beisinghoff: Das Gesetz des Sterns und die Formel der Blume. Birgit Kummel und Udo Reuter. Museum Bad Arolsen 2014.

Joy, Rachel, ‘Fear of the Dark: The Racialised Surveillance of Indigenous Peoples in Australia.’ in eds A Brunon-Ernst, J Gligorijević, D Manderson, and C Wrobel, Law, Surveillance and the Humanities. Edinburgh University Press: Edinburgh. 2023. pp. 216-234. ISBN 9781399505086

Expert Comment Topics
Critical race theory, racialized policing, Indigenous peoples & the CJS, visual culture & the law, state violence, surveillance technologies, architectures of control, gendered violence.

Professional Affiliations and Fellowships

  • Australian Critical Race and Whiteness Studies Association
  • Institute of Post-Colonial Studies
  • Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy (Equity & Diversity Officer)
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