• Australian digital literary cultures and tastemaking
  • Australian public culture and cultural politics
  • Changing media ecologies and questions of gatekeeping and disintermediation
  • Extreme online discourse and ‘anti-publics’
  • Young people and the media



  • I was awarded my PhD in English literature and cultural studies in 2003 and joined the University of Melbourne as a lecturer in media and publishing studies in 2004. In 2009 I became Deputy Head of the School of Culture and Communication, coordinator of the School's Publishing and Communications MA program, and School MA program coordinator. From 2010 to 2012 (inclusive) I was Associate Dean Graduate Studies, inaugural Director of the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and inaugural coordinator of the Executive Master of Arts. In 2013 I resumed my role as coordinator of the Publishing and Communications program. In 2017 I take up a role as deputy Head of the School of Culture and Communication. My research focuses on online 'anti-publics' and extreme online discourse, Australian digital literary cultures and taste making, changing media ecologies and the cultural politics of gatekeeping and disintermediation, Australian public culture, and media representations of young people. I have held three ARC grants and numerous internal university grants. I am currently lead CI on DP170103192 'New tastemakers and Australia's post-digital literary culture', with Dr Beth Driscoll and Dr Sybil Nolan (both University of Melbourne) and Dr Emmett Stinson (University of Newcastle). I am the author or co-author/editor of four books. My 1997 book Gangland: Cultural Elites and the New Generationalism received an honourable mention in the Centre for Australian Cultural Studies National Awards for ‘an outstanding contribution to Australian culture’ and was shortlisted for the 1998 New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards. My book The Land of Plenty: Australia in the 2000s (2008) was long-listed for the John Button award for non-fiction. I am co-author (with Jenny Lee and Leslyn Thompson), of The University of Melbourne Book Industry Study 2009: Australian Book Publishers 2007/08 (2010), and co-editor (with Miriam Lyons, Executive Director of the Centre for Policy Dev   


Selected publications



Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2003
  • BA(hons), University of Melbourne 1994



Available for supervision

  • Y