Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies

Dr Nicole Matthews

Lecturer in Media and Cultural StudiesMMCCS - nicole_matthews JPG

Office: Y3A 165C
Phone: (02) 9850 2152
Undergraduate Teaching: MMCS115, MAS105, CUL260, CUL322


Dr Nicole Matthews lectures across media and cultural studies at the Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies at Macquarie University in Sydney.  She graduated from Adelaide University with a BA (Hons) in English and Politics in 1991, and undertook her PhD at Griffith University, completing her doctorate in 1997.

During her time as a research student she served as the Women's Officer for the Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations. She lectured in media and cultural studies at Liverpool John Moores University in the UK from 1995 to 2007, where she also completed a Graduate Diploma in Education. She was on the executive of the Women's Studies Network (UK) for some years, has been co-convenor of the list-serv Surveillance since 1997 and is the book reviews editor for the journal Somatechnics. 

Recent funded research projects include research, with Jemina Napier, David Parker and Sherman Young and in partnership with the Deaf Society of NSW on  "Participatory media and Deaf people: using digital storytelling to identify multimedia use and accessibility" and, in partnership with the Dementia Training Study Centre (SA/NT) on the use of digital life stories for dementia education of media, health and social care workers.

She is currently working with Naomi Sunderland of Griffith University, on a book entitled Moving Stories: Listening to Digital Life Stories, which consider the way digital life narratives have been and might be listened to by policy makers and professionals, particularly in the area of health. 

Research Interests

Nicole's work is positioned at the intersection of auto/biography, Deaf and disability studies, popular genres of broadcast and electronic media, and education. Her enduring interest is the role of media in processes of social and political change.

She also has an interest in researching learning and teaching, and has presented papers on inclusive curricula, employability and graduate transitions, volunteering in the curriculum, academic literacies and problem based learning at a number of international conferences and colloquia. Two of her projects in this area, funded by the UK's Higher Education Academy subject networks, have involved exploring collaborative relationships between universities, their students and community organisations and charities.

Her recent educational research, undertaken with Jane Simon, has focused on the use on on-line video as a supplementary teaching tool.

She has supervised doctoral projects around: genealogies of animal representation, propaganda culture under Pinochet, collaborative partnerships enabling children's access to IT in Malaysia, and autobiographical writing by mothers of children with disability.



Matthews, N. Comic Politics: gender in Hollywood comedy after the new right., Manchester, Manchester University Press, 2000.

Edited Books

Matthews, N. and Moody, N. (eds) Judging a Book by Its Cover: Fans, Publishers, Designers, and the Marketing of Fiction, Aldershot, Ashgate, 2007.

Book Chapters

Ambler, T., Chavan, M., Clarke, J. and Matthews, N. "Climates of Communication: Collegiality, Affect, Spaces and Attitudes in Peer Review" in Sachs, Judyth and Parsell, Mitch (eds) Peer Review of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, Springer, 2014.

Matthews, N. "Anxiety and niceness: drawing disability into the art and design curriculum through a live brief" Hickey-Moody, A., Crowley, V. (2012). Disability Matters: Pedagogy, media and affect. Oxon, UK: Routledge imprint of Taylor Francis, 2012

Matthews, N. "Reading and the visual dimension of the book: the popular cold war fictions of Helen MacInnes" pp.63-76 from Gunzenhauser, Bonnie (ed) Reading History: New Methodologies from the Anglo-American Tradition, London, Pickering Chatto, 2010

Matthews, N. "Noughties reading" from Stephen Wagg and Peter Bramham (eds) The New Politics of Leisure and Pleasure, Palgrave Macmillan, 2010

Matthews, N., Hall, I., Hall, D. and Green, P. "The role of volunteering in the transitions from higher education to work" from Brooks, R. ed Transitions from Education to Work: New Perspectives from Europe and Beyond, Palgrave, 2009, pp.150-168

Matthews, N. "Surveying the self: broadcast home video and technologies of the self" from Janet Harbord and Jan Campbell (ed) Temporalities: autobiography and everyday life, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2002.

Matthews, N. and Mendelsohn, F. "The cartesian novum of Third Rock from the Sun: gendering human bodies and alien minds" from Elyce Helford (ed) Fantasy Girls: Women in U.S. Science Fiction and Fantasy Television of the 1990s, Rowman and Littlefield, 2000.

Matthews, N. "Kitsch on the fringe: reimaginings of suburbia in recent Australian comedy" from Roger Webster (ed) Expanding Suburbia, Berghahn Books, 2000.

Journal Articles

Matthews, N. and Sunderland, N. "Digital Life-Story Narratives as Data for Policy Makers and Practitioners: Thinking Through Methodologies for Large-Scale Multimedia Qualitative Datasets" Journal of Broadcast and Electronic Media, 57(1) pp.97-114, 2013

Simpson, C. & Matthews, N. "Dancing us to her song: Enabling Embodiment and Voicing Disability in Heather Rose's Dance Me to My Song" Australian Feminist Studies, 27:72, 2012, 139-155

Matthews, N. "Transition or translation: thinking through media and cultural studies' students experiences after graduation" from Cultural Studies Review 17(2) 2011

Matthews, N, "Anxiety and niceness: drawing disability into the art and design curriculum through a live brief" from Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education Vol.31 No.4 2010 October, pp. 527-542

Matthews, N., Young, S., Parker, D., Napier, J.  "Looking across the Hearing Line? Exploring Young Deaf People's use of Web 2.0" from m/c journal: journal of media and culture, Vol 10, No.3, 2010

Matthews, N. "Teaching the 'invisible' disabled students in the classroom: disclosure, inclusion and the social model of disability" from Teaching in Higher Education, Vol.14 No.3, 2009, pp.229-240

Matthews, N. "Contesting representations of disabled children in picture- books: visibility, the body and the social model of disability" Children's Geographies special issue on Contested Bodies of Childhood Vol.7 No.1 2009 pp.37-50

Matthews, N. "Conflicting perceptions and complex change: promoting web-supported learning in an arts and social sciences faculty", Learning, Media and Technology, Vol.33 No.1 2008 35- 44

Matthews, N. "Creating visible children?" M/C Journal, Vol.11 No.3 2008 

Matthews, N. "Picturing difference: discourses of disability in illustrated children's stories by parents of autistic children", from Popular Narrative Media, Vol.1 No.1 2008 pp.59- 66

Matthews, N. "Confessions to a new public: Video Nation Shorts", Media, Culture and Society Vol.29 No.3 pp. 435-448

Matthews, N. and Clow, S. "Putting disabled children in the picture: promoting inclusive children's books and media" International Journal of Early Childhood, Vol.39 No.2 2007 pp.65-78