My research addresses questions to do with the relationship between media cultures and democracy, with emphases on the 'culture wars', online extremism, digital platforms, book publishing, public culture, young people and the media, and media and cultural theory. I currently have ongoing projects in three areas: 1) Online extremism and the influence of online 'anti-publics' on civic and democratic culture in Australia and overseas, such as white supremacist groups and the alt-right, 'men's rights' groups, 'neoreactionary' and 'dark Enlightenment' groups, anti-climate science groups, and anti-vaccination groups; 2) The impact of networked digital media on literary publishing and 'taste-making', and the relationship between books, digital media and public culture more generally; 3) Western and Chinese online platforms and the question of how cultural difference is embedded in digital networked media. My research has been supported by numerous nationally funded grants and published in leading international journals.
I am a regular public commentator on radio and television and have been an invited speaker at numerous literary festivals and public events. I am a founding board member of Open Humanities Press, an editorial board member of Melbourne University Publishing, and a fellow of the Centre for Policy Development, and have worked with NGOs and peak bodies on issues such things as anti-vilification legislation, dealing with online extremism, and proposed changes to copyright law. I am an executive member of the Enlightenment Romanticism Contemporary Culture (ERCC) Research Unit at the University of Melbourne where I lead the research cluster on Dark-, Counter-, and Anti-Enlightenments, and a member the Research Unit for Public Cultures (RUPC) at the University of Melbourne. I am a member of the International Communication Association, the Association for Cultural Studies, the Association of Internet Researchers, the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association, and the Cultural Studies Association of Australasia.
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Transnationalising the anti-public sphere: Australian anti-publics and extremist online me..
The Bloom Book Industry Report: An Annual Survey Of The Australian Book Publishing Industr..
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Feminism in the troll space: Clementine Ford’s Fight Like a Girl, social media, and the networked book
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Journal article | 2019 | Feminist Media Studies
Clementine Ford’s memoir/manifesto hybrid, Fight Like a Girl, was hailed as a significant contribution to feminist debate in Austr..
‘Globalist war against humanity shifts into high gear’: Online anti-vaccination websites and ‘anti-public’ discourse
Journal article | 2019 | Public Understanding of Science
Online media has provided unprecedented opportunities for anti-vaccination groups to spread their message. An extensive scholarly ..
Books in the Indigenous Public Sphere: Changing Patterns in the Publication of Indigenous Non-Fiction in Australia 1960–2000
Conference Proceedings | 2013 | Refereed Proceedings of the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association conference: Global Networks-Global Divides: Bridging New and Traditional Communication Challenges
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Associate Professor In Publishing & Communications
Culture And Communication
Association of Internet Researchers
Cultural Studies Association of Australasia
Australian and New Zealand Communication Association
Doctor of Philosophy
University of Melbourne
Bachelor of Arts (honours)
University of Melbourne