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Jillian researches and teaches in cultural studies. She holds a BA in Media and Cultural Studies (Hons) and completed her PhD at Macquarie University in 2016 with a thesis entitled: ‘Racial Warfare and the Northern Territory Intervention: Security, Colonial Law, Indigenous Sovereignty.’ In her thesis, she draws on the fields of settler-colonial, whiteness and critical legal studies in order to track the foundational role that race, specifically whiteness, plays within the laws and political and media discourse that comprise the Northern Territory Intervention.

She teaches units that explore the politics of everyday life. Using a range of critical theories, these units examine topics such as whiteness, media representations, contested histories, kitsch and graffiti in order to raise questions about power and social justice.  

Research Interests: 

Jillian’s research interests lie in studies of whiteness, race, politics, cultural legal studies, Australian media and social justice. She is also interested in studies of learning and teaching. 

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Research Outputs 2012 2016

(Re)mapping Terra Nullius: Hindmarsh, Wik and Native Title Legislation in Australia

Kramer, J., 1 Mar 2016, In : International Journal for the Semiotics of Law. 29, 1, p. 191-212 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review


Securing sovereignty: private property, Indigenous resistance, and the rhetoric of housing

Kramer, J., 2016, Security, race, biopower: essays on technology and corporeality. Randell-Moon, H. & Tippet, R. (eds.). London: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 185-205 21 p.

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'Legitimating fictions': the rule of law, the Northern Territory Intervention and the War on Terror

Kramer, J., 2015, In : Law text culture. 19, p. 127-153 27 p., 7.

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