Professor Virginia Braun
Ginny Braun studied psychology as an undergraduate at The University of Auckland, completing her BA in 1995, and then went on to complete an MA(Hons), with research on cervical cancer prevention policy in New Zealand. She then went to the UK on a Commonwealth Scholarship, to conduct research for her PhD at Loughborough University. She was appointed as a lecturer in the School of Psychology following the completion of her PhD, in 2001. Since appointment, she has spent research time based in universities in the US (Columbia University & CUNY; NYC) and the UK (The University of the West of England; Bristol).
Research | Current
In my research, I am interested in examining the relationship between the social, the scientific and the individual, in relation to bodies, sexuality and health. My research examines the influence of culture and society on individual choices, thoughts, feelings and behaviours, as well as on broader issues like public health policy and practice. My research is specifically influenced by feminist, social constructionist, and discursive theory and practice, and tends to employ qualitative methodologies. Currenly I am working on body hair (with Gareth Terry, AUT) and new so-called healthy-eating food movements.
As another strand of scholarship, I am involved in various ongoing collaborative projects (mainly with Victoria Clarke, The University of the West of England, Bristol, UK) related to qualitative research and the development of the method of thematic analysis in particular. We have written an award-winning textbook Successful Qualitative Research: A Practical Guide for Beginners (Sage, UK), and have numerous papers and chapers, and a forthcoming book on Thematic Analysis. We also have a new book, Collecting Qualitative Data: A Practical Guide to Textual, Media and Virtual Methods (co-edited by Victoria Clarke and Debra Gray), which will be out 2017 (Cambridge University Press).
Teaching | Current
PSYCH 743 - Critical Qualitative Research
PSYCH 755 - Gender Power & Sexuality
PSYCH 319 - Psychology & Gender
PSYCH 208 - Producing Psychological Knowledge
I am Associate Dean Equity in the Faculty of Science. This important role involves promoting and supporting equity within the Faculty and University. You can read my occasional blog on the topic.
Areas of expertise
- Sexual health
- Gendered bodies
- Genital cosmetic surgery
- Body hair
- Feminist psychology
- Critical psychology
- Qualitative research
Equity Community of Interest
Faculty of Science Equity Committee
Maori and Pacific Governance Group (FoS)
Maori and Pacific Psychology Committee
Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)
- Vandenburg, T., & Braun, V. (2017). ‘Basically, it’s sorcery for your vagina’: unpacking Western representations of vaginal steaming. Culture, Health & Sexuality, 1-16. 10.1080/13691058.2016.1237674
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Tycho Vandenburg
- Terry, G., & Braun, V. (2016). "I think gorilla-like back effusions of hair are rather a turn-off": 'Excessive hair' and male body hair (removal) discourse. Body image, 17, 14-24. 10.1016/j.bodyim.2016.01.006
- Clarke, V., Braun, V., & Wooles, K. (2015). Thou Shalt Not Covet Another Man? Exploring Constructions of Same-Sex and Different-Sex Infidelity Using Story Completion. Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology, 25 (2), 153-166. 10.1002/casp.2204
- Clarke, V., Braun, V., & Wooles, K. (2015). Thou Shalt Not Covet Another Man? Exploring Constructions of Same-Sex and Different-Sex Infidelity Using Story Completion. JOURNAL OF COMMUNITY & APPLIED SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY, 25 (2), 153-166. 10.1002/casp.2204
- Braun, V., Tricklebank, G., & Clarke, V. (2013). "It Shouldn't Stick Out from Your Bikini at the Beach": Meaning, Gender, and the Hairy/Hairless Body. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 37 (4), 478-493. 10.1177/0361684313492950
- Terry, G., & Braun, V. (2013). To let hair be, or to not let hair be? Gender and body hair removal practices in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Body Image, 10 (4), 599-606. 10.1016/j.bodyim.2013.07.001
- Braun, V. (2013). 'Proper sex without annoying things': Anti-condom discourse and the 'nature' of (hetero)sex. Sexualities, 16 (3-4), 361-382. 10.1177/1363460713479752
- Terry, G., & Braun, V. (2013). To let hair be, or to not let hair be? Gender and body hair removal practices in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Body Image10.1016/j.bodyim.2013.07.001