Bree was awarded a PhD in Anthropology from The Australian National University in July 2015. Her thesis, An ethnography of emotion and morality: toward a local Indigenous theory of value and exchange was based on eighteen months of fieldwork on the remote Yolŋu Homelands in north east Arnhem Land, Australia.

She is currently a sessional tutor and occasional lecturer in the School of Archaeology and Anthropology at The Australian National University.


Areas of Expertise

  • Yolŋu Culture and Languages
  • Anthropology of Aboriginal Australia

Research Interests

  • Economic Anthropology
  • Anthropology of Emotions
  • Value Theory
  • Psychological Anthropology
  • Anthropology of Kinship
  • Sociality of Being/Stateless Sociality
  • Feminism
  • Politics of the Body
  • Anthropological Linguistics

Other interests include property relations and land tenure, poetry and anarchist political philosophy.


Journal Publications
 as of August 2016

2015 (ed with Ian Keen), ‘Introduction: Language, morality and emotions,’ The Australian Journal of Anthropology.

2015, ‘Exploring the role of affect in Yolŋu exchange’, The Australian Journal of Anthropology.

2012, ‘Yolŋu Kinship And The Case For Extensionism: A Reply To Warren Shapiro,’ (in) Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, Vol. 18, pp. 681-683.

2009, ‘Book Review: Moving Anthropology: Critical Indigenous Studies by Tess Lea, Emma Kowal & Gillian Cowlishaw (eds), (in) The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, Vol. 10, Issue 2, pp. 145-148.

2008, ‘Book Review: The Empire of Love: toward a theory of intimacy, genealogy and carnality by Elizabeth Povinelli, Durnham, Duke University Press’ (in) Oceania, Vol. 78, Issue 1, p. 127.