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. You can find an overview of her thesis, here.

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

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.


You can find her full CV, here.