Peter Beilharz teaches in Social Theory, Cultural Sociology and Historical Sociology. Most of his research is also in these areas including work on socialism and modernity, the idea of antipodean modernity, and ongoing work on Zygmunt Bauman. He is working on three book projects, one on Australian modernity, one on the intellectual biography of Jean Martin, and one consisting of his collected Australian essays. Future projects include a study of the work of Robert Hughes, and a history of Rock Music in Australia, together with Trevor Hogan and Clinton Walker. Peter is a founding editor of the journal Thesis Eleven and Director of the Thesis Eleven Centre for Cultural Sociology at La Trobe. He is a fellow in Cultural Sociology at Yale, and a member of the Bauman Institute at Leeds. He has been Professor of Australian Studies and William Dean Howells Fellow at Harvard, and is regular participant in the events of the American Sociological Association. Peter is also a subeditor, Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social Sciences, William Dean Howells Fellow in American Literature, 1860-1920, Harvard 2002 and was Professor of Australian Studies, Harvard 1999-2000.