I’m Dr Zuleyka Zevallos, an applied sociologist of Latin-Australian background. I hold a PhD in Sociology and have over 17 years’ experience in research, policy and consultancy. I work as a senior policy researcher. I am also an Adjunct Research Fellow with Swinburne University.

I began my career as an academic before working in government, business and not-for-profits leading interdisciplinary research teams.

I acknowledge and pay respects to the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, the traditional custodians of Country where I live, in the city we now call Sydney.

You can read more about me and my work on my personal website.

The first wisdom of sociology is this: Things are not  what they seem. -Peter Berger
The first wisdom of sociology is this: Things are not what they seem. -Peter Berger

About My Blog

My writing is informed by my professional practice and knowledge as a sociologist. I present research, data and informed commentary based on my cumulative experience as a sociology researcher, lecturer, policy analyst and consultant.

My aim for this blog is to share my knowledge and experience, and hopefully help others to better understand issues of equity, diversity, inclusion and social justice.

I am also motivated to make sociology more accessible by sharing my writing with the public. (Copyright statement below.)

Feel free to ask questions or share your thoughts on my posts. I welcome polite and respectful discussion of social differences. Off-topic and abusive comments are deleted (see my commenting policy). Sorry but I can’t help with assignments. Enjoy my blog! 🙂

What is an Applied Sociologist?

Sociology is the study of society, particularly the impact of culture and institutions on identities, behaviour, group membership and life outcomes. Institutions is a term covering all major areas of socialisation and power, including the law, economy, media, family, religion and so on. Applied sociologists are researchers and activists who work beyond universities, such as in community service, government and private industry. We answer questions posed by our clients. This includes helping clients understand the impact of socio-economic factors on individuals, interpersonal relations, group dynamics and the functioning of organisations. Applied sociologists work in a variety of jobs, such as policy advisors, community workers and consultants. Learn more about applied sociology on Sociology at Work.

Why ‘The Other Sociologist’?

The title of my blog refers to the theme of difference, or Otherness, that has dominated most of my personal and professional life. I analyse themes of social exclusion and social justice related to race, gender, sexuality, education, media, politics and world events. I also write about how to improve public education and science.

What is Intersectional Feminism?

My blog features sociological commentary from an Australian perspective, written from an intersectional feminist point of view. Intersectionality is the analysis of multiple experiences of disadvantage, such as how racism, sexism, homophobia and other forms of discrimination intersect for minorities. For example, the needs and experiences for able-bodied queer women of colour from working class backgrounds are very different from the opportunities and challenges faced by White heterosexual middle class women who are cis-gender (that is, not transgender) living with a disability. My writing explores these nuances.


My writing is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 3.0 License. Feel free to use my graphics and to share my posts, but be sure to include a full credit to me and a link back to my site. Using any of my images, writing, videos or other work for a commercial purpose is not allowed without my express permission.


This is my personal blog; as such, my posts reflect my sociologically informed opinions. The contents of my blog and social media writing do not in any way represent the organisational views of my current or previous employers, nor do they reflect upon any of the clients and professional organisations to which I am affiliated. Comments about products, services and organisations as well as the links I share do not reflect commercial endorsement.

20 thoughts on “About Me

  1. HELLO, This is the first time I have seen your blog but am impressed. I am working with a group of Ashaninkas in Peru, centered in the Junin area, Satipo region, community of Cheni on Rio Tambo. I came across you by entering Ashaninka. I would like to establish communication with you. I am retired university professor of 35 years
    you will see my memoir published in 2010 on amzon.com


    1. Hi Richard,

      Thank you very much for writing and for your kind words. I had a look at your book on Amazon, it looks fascinating. I’d love to hear more about your work in Rio Tambo. What a wonderful experience it must be to work amongst the Ashaninca. Please write me an email so we can talk more. I look forward to hearing from you. Best wishes,



  2. I’m doing a class on Introduction to Sociology at University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh. I am enjoying my course very much and to know more I searched in internet and found your Blog which is wonderful and so informative. Thank you for being there as a helping hand to beginner students like us. I wish you good luck and keep up with the good works.


  3. Enjoyed very much your thoughts about feminist separating the “classes”. I am trans and feel that until we all see each other as humans… and not particles dangling in one arena or another… we can never feel the true meaning of a deeper humanity. No one is better than the other…under whatever circumstances.


  4. Hiii…. I am a Student of UNTL In East Timor and I am interested in learning about Sociology, and I am trying to apply to the Scholarship in order I may increase more my Understanding about Sociology and I have dream to be a teacher in one day in Timor Leste


    1. Hi Joao,
      Thanks for visting my blog. That’s wonderful that you’re looking to apply for a scholarship to study sociology and that you are working towards being a teacher in Timor Leste. Keep up the good work and best wishes for your studies and path to a sociology career!


  5. Hola Zuleyka. My name is Manny Martinez. I am a high school teacher in the city of San Francisco. I’m currently putting together an ethnic studies curriculum for my school, which I’ll be teaching, and after much research and extensive reading, I find that your “Other Sociologist” web page provides the best definition and student-friendly analysis of otherness I have found. I want to express my gratitude to you for sharing your knowledge and experience with the world. If you’re ever in the Bay Area, would love to have you come talk to my students. Thanks again and, as we say in Puerto Rico–Pa’Lante!



    1. Hola Manny, y muchas gracias! I’m so pleased to learn that you’re using my blog as a teaching resource in San Francisco. High school sociology is so important; I would have loved to have the opportunity to get a head start learning our discipline. I would be happy to visit your class if I’m ever in the Bay Area – or happy to do a virtual visit. Just send me an email on my contact page. Take care and hope to hear more about your students in future.


  6. Hello Ms. Zuleykha

    I came across your article “Sociology of Gender” while browsing for some information on the subject of gender sensitization. This subject is introduced this year in the second semester of U.G. in Osmania University, Hyderabad, India. Your article has reference to Australian Context. I hope there might be some person who has done this work with reference to Indian Gender Sensitization Scenario.

    I will appreciate your guidance in this matter.


    Mansoor Ahmed Khan
    Musheerabad Degree College for Women
    Musheerabad, Hyderabad, Telangana, India


  7. hii madam came across your article “Sociology of Gender” while browsing for some information on the subject of gender sensitization. in b.ed course. plz help mi madam


  8. Hello Dr Zuleyka
    My name is zeritu moges I am from Africa ( Ethiopia ) & I am gender officer I am happy to read all your article it help me my work very much.


  9. Hello ,really impressed and inspired after glancing through your contributions to social sciences…can you just enlighten me on link or similarity between othering and orientalism … what are your candid thoughts on orientalism ,islamophobia and their link to othering theories


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