The Familiar Strange Team

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Jodie-Lee Trembath

Jodie-Lee Trembath

Public Outreach and Project Manager

Jodie is an organisational anthropologist, using her PhD research to study the changing nature of academic labour on global, neoliberal university campuses. She is one of the founders of The Familiar Strange, and has been primarily responsible for public outreach and project management, as well as contributing content to the podcast and blog. She sees anthropology as a tool to think with and for exploring the human condition in all its messy, contingent glory.

Julia Brown

Julia Brown

Website Content Manager and Blog Editor

Julia’s anthropological interests include social inequities and public health in Western culture. Her DPhil dissertation is titled ‘Making Health Agency: Clozapine, Schizophrenia, and Personal Power.’ She is a founding member of The Familiar Strange. 

Ian Pollock

Ian Pollock

Outgoing Executive Producer

Ian is a founding member of The Familiar Strange, who came to anthropology through history, museums, and development work. Ian’s interests include textiles and garments, value and exchange, and Southeast Asia, particularly Indonesia, where he has spent much of his adult life.

Simon Theobald

Simon Theobald

Submissions Manager and Blog Editor

Simon’s PhD research focuses on Utopianism and its legacies in contemporary Iran. He spent 14 months conducting fieldwork among young families in Mashhad, Iran’s second largest city. Simon is Co-Editor of The Familiar Strange blog, and manages the blog submissions process. He is also a founding member of The Familiar Strange.

Deanna Catto

Deanna Catto

Multimedia Content Manager

Dee is an undergraduate student at ANU about to graduate from her Double Degree of Arts and Science, planning to complete her Honours in Cultural Anthropology in 2019. Dee is interested in all things anthropology, particularly the shifting nature of public spaces through the way people interact within them. Dee also has a passion for science communication, an addiction to coffee, and loves exploring the world around her (and cuddling her very fluffy cat).

Matthew Phung

Matthew Phung

Executive Producer

Matthew is an undergraduate biology and psychology student at ANU who is about to graduate in 2018. He is planning to partake in a Psychology honours program in 2019. Although his academic interests lie outside the field of anthropology, Matthew is very interested in communication of complex topics such as anthropology and some of the underlying principles of ethnography. Matthew is acting as one of our technical co-ordinators for the podcast and for future projects. Matthew enjoys partaking in combat sports and a nice chocolate milkshake.