Dr. Melissa Wolfe

Melissa Wolfe is an educator with 20 years experience in the Australian public and private secondary education sector. She is also a photographer and film-maker. Melissa currently is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Methods, Media and Visual Arts education at Monash University, Melbourne Australia. Her research encompass a filmic synthesis of aesthetics, affect, gender, creative and public pedagogies. She was awarded International Visual Sociology Association Prosser ECR award (2016) and the Australian Association for Research in Education ECR Award (2016). Her PhD entitled Girls Tales: experiences of schooling was awarded the Mollie Holman award for best education thesis (2016), Monash University, and a commendation award from the Australian Association of Educational Research (2017). Melissa’s research in high schools utilizes a creative filmic research methodology, engaging with theories of affect, that takes account of gender, socio-economic status and public pedagogical practice. She pragmatically thinks with Karen Barad’s (2007) theory of agential realism as a conceptual framework. Melissa’s 2015 film, Girls’ tales: experiences of schooling, was developed as a pre-service teaching aid and was released in December 2015 through Ronin films.

Melissa’s feminist research interests in education encompass a filmic synthesis of aesthetics, affect, gender, and participatory creative methods.



  • Wolfe, M. J (2018) Re/active documentary: an artefact of dynamic force
    In ‘Video-based Research in Education: Agency and Cross-disciplinary Perspectives’

    Edited by Lihua Xu (Deakin University), publisher Routledge.

  • Wolfe, M. J., & Rasmussen, M. L. (2018). Girls' Tales: experiences of schooling: making a re/active documentary film.
    In D. Kember & M. Corbett (Eds.), Structuring the Thesis: Springer.

  • Mayes, E., & Wolfe, M. (2018). Shameful interest in educational research. Critical Studies in Education, 1-17. doi:10.1080/17508487.2018.1489871

  • Wolfe, M. J (2018), Materializing effects of difference in sex education: the ‘absurd’ banana penis. Gender and Education, 1-17. doi:10.1080/09540253.2017.1302078

  • Wolfe, M. J. (2017). Refracting schoolgirls: pedagogical intra-actions producing shame. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 38(5), 727-739. doi:10.1080/01596306.2016.1143451

  • Wolfe, M. J. (2017). Post-Qualitative Filmic Research in Education: Utilizing a “Re/Active Documentary” Methodology. Qualitative Inquiry, 23(6), 427-437. doi:10.1177/1077800416673660

  • Wolfe, M. J., (2017), "Puberty Blues – Now and then: diffracting semblances of being girl in Australia" Feminist Media Studies (3) pp. 489-504.
    DOI: 10.1080/14680777.2016.1235598

  • Wolfe, M. J. (2017). Smart girls traversing assemblages of gender and class in Australian secondary mathematics classrooms. Gender and Education, 1-17. doi:10.1080/09540253.2017.1302078

  • Wolfe, M. J. (2017). Affective schoolgirl assemblages making school spaces of non/belonging. Emotion, Space and Society, 25, 63-70. doi:

  • Hook, G. A. & Wolfe, M. J. (2017) Affective violence: re/negotiating gendered- feminism within new materialism, Journal of Gender
    Studies, DOI: 10.1080/09589236.2017.1340151

  • Wolfe, M. J. (Writer). (2015). Girls' Tales: experiences of schooling [DVD]. In M. Wolfe (Producer). ACT Australia: Ronin Films. Available at: of.html

  • Webster, R. S., & Wolfe, M. J. (2013). Incorporating the Aesthetic Dimension into Pedagogy. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 38(10). DOI: 10.14221/ajte.2013v38n10.2

  • Wolfe, M. (2013). Affective aesthetic pedagogy: Interactions between teachers and students. In B. Knight & R. Van der Zwan (Eds.), Teaching Innovations Supporting Student Outcomes in the 21st Century (pp. 116-123). Tarragindi, Australia: Oxford Global Press.

  • Wolfe, M. The complete picture: Teaching for understanding using the visual diary [online]. Screen Education No. 64, Summer 2011: 80-85. ISSN: 1449-857X. Availability:;dn=8616025189086 51;res=IELHSS