Dr Sara

Dr Sara James

Lecturer, Interdisciplinary Studies

College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce

Humanities and Social Sciences

Department of Social Inquiry

SS 403a, Melbourne (Bundoora)


BWC (Hons – La Trobe), PhD (La Trobe)



Membership of professional associations

The Australian Sociological Association (TASA)

Area of study


Brief profile

Sara is a cultural sociologist; she is particularly interested in the ways in which people find meaning in a secular society. Her research is concerned with identity, narrative, disenchantment and authenticity. Her recent book Making a Living, Making a Life draws on in-depth interviews to investigage the significance of work in the lives of individuals, with a focus on vocation and the work ethic. Sara also undertakes research in higher education pedagogy, with a particular focus on the first year experience and student engagement.

Research interests

Religion and Society

- Secularisation and the search for meaning

Urban Sociology and Community Studies

- Sociology of Culture

Teaching units

  • HUS1FAS - Rethinking Our Humanity
  • HUS1TEN - Ideas that Shook the World

Recent publications