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Biography

I joined Macquarie University in 2024 as a Macquarie University Postdoctoral Research Fellow (MQRF). My three-year funded project Media populism, democracy, and the public sphere in Australia in the Department of Media, Communications, Creative Arts, Language and Literature explores the nexus between the media and the rise of far-right populism. The project aims to understand the implications of media populism for liberal democracy, pluralism, and a healthy and vibrant public sphere. 

I was awarded a PhD in Media and Communications from the University of Newcastle in 2022. Prior to joining Macquarie University, I worked as a lecturer and tutor at the University of Newcastle and the University of Sydney. My teaching portfolio includes experience in both applied and theory-based courses in the areas of; political communication, social media, critical discourse studies, strategic communication, communication and media theory, and digital cultures. 

I have published extensively on populism, media, and the far-right in international media and communications journals, including; Television & New Media, Critical Discourse Studies, The Journal of Language and Politics, Media and Communication, Communication Research and Practice, The Journal of Intercultural Studies, and Media International Australia.

My research has been featured in a range of international edited volumes, including; The Routledge Handbook of Populism in Asia Pacific, Histories of Fascism and Anti-Fascism in Australia, The Ethics of Researching The Far-Right, and When Politicians Talk: The Cultural Dynamics of Public Speaking.

Most recently, my research agenda has focused on far-right humour and the global far-right's antigender movement.  

My forthcoming monograph 'Far-Right Populism in Australia: Communication, Discourse, Performance' will be published in Bloomsbury's Advances in Critical Discourse Studies series. 

Research interests

  • Populist Communication 
  • The Far Right
  • Far Right Communication 
  • Right-Wing Media 
  • Media and Communication
  • Critical Discourse Studies
  • Political Communication
  • Right-Wing Extremism 
  • Mediatisation 

Research engagement

In 2023 I joined the executive of the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA) as a NSW Representative. I also serve as secretary for the Australian Political Studies Association (APSA) Queer Caucus

From 2017-2020 I served as editorial assistant for the Asia Pacific Public Relations Journal

I currently sit on the editorial board of Communication, Research and Practice and review for a range of international communication, media, and politics journals.

Community engagement

I frequently engage with media as an expert contributor on the far right, including The New York Times, The Guardian Australia, Crikey, The Sydney Morning Herald, and The Conversation.

Education/Academic qualification

Media and Communications, PhD in Media and Communications, Populism and the Far Right in Contemporary Australia: A Critical Discourse Analysis of Pauline Hanson's Senate Speeches in the 45th Parliament , University of Newcastle

Award Date: 6 Jul 2022

External positions

Queer Caucus Secretary, Australian Political Studies Association (APSA)

2024 → …

NSW Representative , Australia and New Zealand Communications Association (ANZCA)

2023 → …

Editorial Board Member , Communication Research and Practice

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