PROF John Sinclair

PROF John Sinclair


  • Globalisation of media and communication industries. (Advertising, Television)



  • Professor John Sinclair is an Honorary Professorial Fellow in the School of Culture and Communication for 2018-2020, and formerly with the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies. He completed his undergraduate studies at Monash University, and his postgraduate degrees, including a PhD in Sociology, at La Trobe University. Before coming to the former Australian Centre as an Australian Research Council Professorial Fellow for 2005-2009, he was Professor in the School of Communication, Culture, and Languages at Victoria University. Former students whom he has supervised to successful PhD completion are now pursuing academic careers in Europe and North America, as well as in Australia. He has held visiting professorships at the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, where he was UNESCO Professor of Communication, and at the University of California, San Diego, the University of Texas at Austin, and other universities in the United States, and also in Latin America. In 2001 he was elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, and in 2003, he was awarded a Centenary of Federation Medal for service to Australian society and the humanities in the study of cultural and media studies. Over 2009-2012, he was Head of the Cultural and Communication Studies Section of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. Professor Sinclair is now retired, and although still professionally active, no longer is taking on any graduate student supervision. John Sinclair's research continues to concern the globalisation of the media, with particular reference to the television and advertising industries. His record of internationally published research covers various aspects of the globalisation of the media and communication industries, with a special emphasis on the role of cultural factors in the development of these industries, and has a regional focus on Latin America and Asia. As well as such work on cultural industries, he has experience in content analysis and a   


Member of

  • Australian and New Zealand Communication Association. Ordinary member 1982 -
  • International Association for Media Communication Research. International Council 1980 -


Selected publications


Additional Grant Information

  • For 2012-2014, he was First Chief Investigator on a nationally collaborative ARC Discovery project on the history of advertising practices in Australia.
    For 2010-12, he was a Chief Investigator on another collaborative ARC project concerning the social impact of lifestyle television in Asia.   


Education and training

  • PhD, La Trobe University 1984

Awards and honors

  • Commonwealth of Australia, 2003
  • Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, 2001



Available for supervision

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