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Biography

After being awarded the University Medal for Modern History in 1992, I completed a PhD in Modern History at Macquarie University in 1996. I held postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Sydney before returning to Macquarie in 2003. I held ARC Queen Elizabeth II Fellowships in the Department of Modern History and Politics, joining the Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies as Professor of Media in 2013 and an ARC Future Fellow in 2014.

I specialise in the history of the media, particularly the Australian media, and am the author of The House of Packer: The Making of a Media Empire (1999), Sir Frank Packer (2000, 2014), Party Games: Australian Politicians and the Media from War to Dismissal (2003), Changing Stations: The Story of Australian Commercial Radio (2009), which was shortlisted for the Ashurst Business Literature Prize and longlisted for the Walkley Book Award, and Australian Radio Listeners and Television Viewers: Historical Perspectives (2020).

My field defining reference work A Companion to the Australian Media (2014) is the first comprehensive, authoritative study of Australia's press, broadcasting and new media sectors, featuring 300 contributors, and is available via AustLit

I was the founding Director of the Centre for Media History at Macquarie, and co-ordinated the Media Archives Project. I served a historical consultant to the television mini-series Power Games: The Packer–Murdoch Story (2013).

I am a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. a selector for the Australian Media Hall of Fame, and a member of the Sounds of Australia expert advisory panel for the National Film and Sound Archive.  I also serve on the editorial boards of Palgrave Studies in the History of the Media, Media History, the Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, the Australian Journal of Politics and History and the Australian Dictionary of Biography.

Education/Academic qualification

Modern History, PhD, Macquarie University

19931996

Modern History, BA Hons, Macquarie University

1992

Modern History & English, BA, Macquarie University

19881991

External positions

Council, Australian Academy of the Humanities

1 Jan 201731 Dec 2019

Selector, Australian Media Hall of Fame

2015 → …

Member, Education & Scholarship Advisory Board, State Library of New South Wales

1 Jan 201431 Dec 2018

Fellow, Australian Academy of the Humanities

2011 → …

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