Professor Suzanne Fraser

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Suzanne Fraser is Director of ARCSHS and program leader for the Drugs, Gender and Sexuality (DruGS) research program. Her research focuses on drug use, the body, gender, health and the self. She is strategic editorial advisor for Contemporary Drug Problems, and associate editor for Addiction. She is also an editorial board member for the International Journal of Drug Policy, Addiction Research and Theory, and Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy.

Suzanne is the author of a number of books on the body and health in society and culture. Her most recent book is entitled Habits: Remaking addiction, co-authored with David Moore and Helen Keane, and her previous works cover a range of topics. Her first book, Cosmetic surgery, gender and culture, was based on her PhD research. Later books focused on methadone maintenance treatment (Substance and substitution: Methadone subjects in liberal societies, with kylie valentine, 2008), hepatitis C (Making disease, making citizens: The politics of hepatitis C, with Kate Seear, 2011), and the modern self (Vanity: 21st century selves, with Claire Tanner and JaneMaree Maher, 2013). She has also co-edited a collection of essays on drugs and addiction (The drug effect: Health, crime and society, with David Moore, 2011).

Suzanne’s main research projects at present include two Australian Research Council-funded studies, one exploring experiences of new direct-acting antiviral treatments for hepatitis C (led by Suzanne), and the other looking at hepatitis C-related stigma and discrimination in a post-cure world (led by Kate Seear).

For a full list of Suzanne’s publications, grants and projects, click here.


Suzanne welcomes supervision opportunities in addiction, drug use, the body, and health, disease and wellbeing. Her theoretical interests include feminist theories of the body and subjectivity, science and technology studies, and governmentality theory. She is experienced in a wide range of qualitative research methods, and has successfully supervised projects in areas as diverse as HIV in South Africa, hepatitis C, the body in psychotherapy, and childbirth and maternity in war.


  • Grad Cert Higher Education, Monash University
  • PhD Gender Studies, University of Sydney
  • BA (Hons) History and Women’s Studies, University of Sydney

Research Interests

  • Illicit drug use, drug treatments, ideas of compulsion and addiction, the body in society

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