Before migrating to London in 2005, Camille Barbagallo lived and worked in Australia and was active in trade unions, student movements and in social movements that focused on ending the mandatory detention of asylum seekers and campaigns to close the refugee camps. Since 2017, she has been one of the Sociological Review Fellows, undertaking work on a monograph of feminist genealogies of motherhood and reproduction.
In 2016/2017, she was the Fisher Centre Fellow at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, New York where she pursued teaching and research concerning gender, slavery and constructions of domesticity and home. She also participated in the cross-departmental Afro-Pessimism Study Group. In 2016, she completed her doctoral thesis, "The Political Economy of Reproduction: Motherhood, Gender and the Home in Neoliberal Britain" at the University of East London. In 2007, she completed her Masters in Postcolonial Studies at the Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths and received an award for her dissertation, Sex Work Moves: a postcolonial inquiry into ‘trafficking’ in the sex industry.