Dorothy Broom is a sociologist and Professor Emeritus at the National Centre for Epidemiology & Population Health at The Australian National University. Previously, she has been a lecturer in sociology and convenor of the ANU’s Women’s Studies Program. She has spent over 40 years teaching and studying gender and other aspects of the sociology of health and illness. Throughout her career, she has maintained a particular interest in inequalities, and in working with community organisations to provide access to academic research that is relevant to their objectives.
She is the author of Damned If We Do: Contradictions in Women’s Health Care (Allen & Unwin 1991), a political history of Australia’s feminist community health centres. She edited and wrote two chapters for Double Bind: Women Affected by Alcohol and Other Drugs (1994), a collection of original Australian articles on the women’s use of alcohol and other drugs which is unique in incorporating contributions from government officials and service providers as well as researchers. She has published widely on issues related to health, and is co-editor with Jane Dixon and author of several chapters in The Seven Deadly Sins of Obesity: How the Modern World is Making Us Fat (2007 UNSW Press). She is an author of over 100 scholarly articles and book chapters, and has supervised more than 60 research student for honours, masters or PhD degrees.