Our people

Our people


Head of Department

Professor Nicole Anderson

Nicole Anderson has a strong interest in cultural events and practices, ethical practice, and animal studies. She is a world expert on the work of French philosopher Jacques Derrida and his theory of deconstruction. She has authored a book on Derrida, and co-edited two books: one on cultural practice, and one on animal politics. She is currently authoring a book on Culture. She is the co-founding editor of the Derrida Today Journal, and the Director of the international Derrida Today Conferences.

Academic staff A - L

Name and contact details Research Interests

Dr Andrew Alter
Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Music Studies

Location: Building 10HA, Room 169
Phone: (02) 9850 8877
Email: andrew.alter@mq.edu.au

South Asian music cultures, contemporary Australian transcultural musical expression, and Southeast Asian music cultures

Dr Jeannine Baker
Macquarie University Research Fellow, Media

Location: Building 10HA, Room 165G
Phone: (02) 9850 2194
Email: jeannine.baker@mq.edu.au

Historian who researches twentieth century media history, with a focus on women's labour and production in the Australian media industries (press and broadcasting), transnational mobility, and national identity. Publications include Australian Women War Reporters: Boer War to Vietnam (2015) and Small Screens: Essays on Contemporary Australian Television (2016), co-edited with Michelle Arrow and Clare Monagle.

Dr Iqbal Barkat
Lecturer in Screen Production

Location: Building 10HA, Room 154
Phone: (02) 9850 2101
Email: iqbal.barkat@mq.edu.au

Independent Cinema; Early Soviet Cinema; Dance; Community Filmmaking; The Cinematic Practice of Dziga Vertov; The Philosophy of Alain Badiou

Dr Margie Borschke
Senior Lecturer in Journalism and Media

Location: Building 10HA, Room 159
Phone: (02) 9850 2159
Email: margie.borschke@mq.edu.au

Media use, with an emphasis on copies and copying practices, and material culture; Cultural politics of intellectual property and the role of unauthorised use and reproduction in cultural history; Aesthetic dimensions of networked distribution and the persistence of analog media formats in digital culture

Dr Jon Burtt
Lecturer in Dance and Performance

Location: Building 10HA, Room 193C
Phone: (02) 9850 2195
Email: jon.burtt@mq.edu.au

Circus Studies scholar. Research interests include social circus; creative practice in circus; access and equity in the circus arts; performer development; ‘future’ circus; 'circus bodies'; and circus and technology. Publications in Circus Studies include a scholarly book chapter based on his PhD on circus pedagogy for McGill-Queen's University Press; articles for leading academic journals covering the field including Theatre, Dance and Performance Training (Routledge), and New Theatre Quarterly (Cambridge University Press); and other commentary about circus in media outlets such as The Conversation. Jon's new academic book Contemporary Circus (2019) is published by Routledge and is about creative practice in the circus arts informed by interviews with 24 circus artists and directors from around the world.

Dr Steve Collins
Senior Lecturer in Multimedia

Location: Building 10HA, Room 191D
Phone: (02) 9850 2165
Email: stephen.collins@mq.edu.au

Technology, disruption, music industry, creativity and copyright law

Dr Ian Collinson
Lecturer in Media

Location: Building 10HA, Room 191G
Phone: (02) 9850 2110
Email: ian.collinson@mq.edu.au

Psychogeographic media, space/place, music, politics and identity (especially national identity), and media audiences. These are all areas of potential areas of supervision

Dr Denis Crowdy
Senior Lecturer

Location: Building 10HA, Room 193G
Phone: (02) 9850 2193
Email: denis.crowdy@mq.edu.au

Melanesian music, ethnomusicology, music production, audio engineering

Associate Professor Peter Doyle
Associate Professor in Media

Location: Building 10HA, Room 151
Phone: (02) 9850 2150
Email: peter.doyle@mq.edu.au

Sound studies and musicology, forensic photography, histories of Australian popular music, Australian popular cultures and 'true crime' writing

Dr Joanne Faulkner
ARC Future Fellow in Cultural Studies

Location: Building 10HA, Room 154
Phone: (02) 9850 2190
Email: joanne.faulkner@mq.edu.au

Postcolonial theory; critical child studies; critical theory; feminist theory; psychoanalytic theory; Nietzsche and Nietzscheanism; political theory; race and whiteness; Australian studies

Dr Lauren Gorfinkel
Lecturer in International Communication

Location: Building 10HA, Room 165B
Phone: (02) 9850 2138
Email: lauren.gorfinkel@mq.edu.au

Specialises in the role of communication and the media in the building of relationships and identities in culturally and linguistically diverse contexts such as schools, universities, music, online and social media, radio and television. Areas of interest include migration, identity and belonging, multilingualism, community engagement, strategic communication and public relations.

Professor Bridget Griffen-Foley
Professor in Media and ARC Future Fellow

Location: Building 10HA, Room 148
Phone: (02) 9850 8828
Email: b.foley@mq.edu.au

Specialises in the history of the media, particularly the Australian media. The author of four books, including The House of Packer (1999) and Changing Stations (2009), and the editor of A Companion to the Australian Media (2014). Now working on a history of radio listening and television viewing in Australia, and collaborating on a history of ABC Radio National.

Dr Rachael Gunn
Associate Lecturer, Teaching Fellow

Location: Building 10HA
Phone: (02) 9850 2191
Email: rachael.gunn@mq.edu.au

Studies of 'street' dance, gender performance, and the constructions of the dancing body both in local communities and online

Dr Qin Guo
Senior Lecturer in International Communication

Location: Building 10HA, Room 158
Phone: (02) 9850 2158
Email: qin.guo@mq.edu.au

Development communication (including educational communication), intercultural communication and public diplomacy

Associate Professor Diane Hughes
Associate Professor

Location: Building 10HA, Room 193H
Phone: (02) 9850 2175
Email: diane.hughes@mq.edu.au

Vocal artistry, vocal pedagogy, contemporary singing, recording and producing, and popular music culture

Dr Sarah Keith
Lecturer, Music and Media

Location: Building 10HA, Room 193B
Phone: (02) 9850 2179
Email: sarah.keith@mq.edu.au

Popular music studies, Korean and Japanese popular music, the Australian music industries, music and cultural policy, music and screen media (including documentary, film, and games), music and performance technologies, and computer-mediated composition

Dr Jillian Kramer
Scholarly Teaching Fellow

Location: Building 10HA, Room 152
Phone: (02) 9850 2252
Email: jillian.kramer@mq.edu.au

Whiteness, race, politics, cultural legal studies, Australian media and social justice, learning and teaching and education.

Professor Julian Knowles

Location: Building 10HA
Phone: (02) 9850 2196
Email: julian.knowles@mq.edu.au

Technologically-mediated music and sound practices and the relationships between audio-visual media

Dr Sabine Krajewski
Senior Lecturer in International Communications

Location: Building 10HA, Room 165H  
Phone: (02) 9850 2167
Email: sabine.krajewski@mq.edu.au

Intercultural communication and intercultural competence

Dr Anthony Lambert
Senior Lecturer

Location: Building 10HA, Room 149
Phone: (02) 9850 2148
Email: anthony.lambert@mq.edu.au

Australian film and culture; identity and space; visual culture, representations of gender and sexuality in national contexts, and critical methodologies

Dr Julie-Anne Long
Senior Lecturer in Dance and Performance

Location: Building 10HA, Room 193J
Phone: (02) 9850 2143
Email: julie-anne.long@mq.edu.au

Identity and the performing female body, art and the everyday, collaborative art practices, participatory performance practices, the experience of place and the animation of space, site-specificity and performance, the potential of dance to engage in/lead interdisciplinary collaborations, writing for performance, embodied learning

Professor Catharine Lumby
Professor of Media

Email: catharine.lumby@mq.edu.au

Young people, media consumption and relationships; Media content regulation in a convergent media environment; Social media and ethics; The future of journalism in the online and social media era; The role of education in preventing violence against women

Academic staff M - Z

Name and contact details Research Interests

Dr Virginia Madsen
Senior Lecturer in Media

Location: Building 10HA, Room 191
Phone: (02) 9850 2180
Email: virginia.madsen@mq.edu.au

Sound and radio production, theory and history, auditory culture studies, new audio media and audio arts, and the history of public broadcasting with a particular emphasis on 'cultural radio' forms such as documentaries and features and their specific development in Europe, North America and Australia

Dr Nicole Matthews
Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies

Location: Building 10HA, Room 165C
Phone: (02) 9850 2152
Email: nicole.matthews@mq.edu.au

Dr Nicole Matthews' research is at the nexus of autobiography, disability studies and media. Digital Storytelling in Health and Social Policy (Routledge, 2017), written with Naomi Sunderland, is her most recent book, while her current research explores the convergence between mobile phones and digital hearing aids.  She has also published on educational transitions, inclusion in HE and life narrative in professional education.

Dr Willa McDonald
Senior Lecturer in Media

Location: Building 10HA, Room 150
Phone: (02) 9850 2151
Email: willa.mcdonald@mq.edu.au

Creative non-fiction writing and literary journalism

Dr Mary Mainsbridge
Associate Lecturer in Music

Location: Building 10HA, Room 165E
Phone: (02) 9850 2175
Email: mary.mainsbridge@mq.edu.au

Dr Mary Mainsbridge is an artist researcher specialising in the areas of live electronic and gesture-controlled performance. Her works span audio-visual compositions, interactive installations, and live electronic performances at events throughout Europe, Australia and the UK. Her recent works explore relationships between voice and movement in embodied performance, incorporating improvised dance and somatic practices.

Dr Alex Mesker
Associate Lecturer
Location: Building 10HA, Room 193K

Phone: (02) 9850 2197
Email: alex.mesker@mq.edu.au

Computer music composition, computational arts, interaction design, screen soundtrack studies

Professor Kathryn Millard
Professor of Film and Creative Arts

Location: Building 10HA, Room 252
Phone: (02) 9850 2253
Email: kathryn.millard@mq.edu.au

Creativity and collaboration, psychology and film, screenwriting, digital writing, screen performance, independent cinema, screen history, non-fiction, colour theory, visual culture, creative practices

Dr Chris Müller
Lecturer in Cultural Studies & Media.

Location: Building 10HA, Room 165
Email: chris.muller@mq.edu.au

Dr Chris Müller's main research focus concerns bodily experience of shame as an affect shaped by the generative relationship between humanity and technology. It is from this vantage point that he reconsiders the ethical and political significance of the bodily automatisms (scruple, blushing, inhibition) that make shame and embarrassment so uncomfortably riveted to a feeling of singularity and isolation. Chris' work is informed by Cultural Studies approaches to Cultural Politics and a wider range of critical and cultural theory, including emerging research paradigms such as affect theory and posthumanism.

Dr Tom Murray

Location: Building 10HA, Room 191H
Phone: (02) 9850 2182
Email: tom.murray@mq.edu.au

Screen directing, production, and writing

Dr Tai Neilson
Lecturer in Media

Location: Building 10HA, Room 193D
Phone: (02) 9850 2104
Email: tai.neilson@mq.edu.au

Dr Tai Neilson’s areas of expertise include the political economy of digital media and critical cultural theory. His current research focuses on the reorganization of journalists’ labour through the use of digital media and social networking sites. Dr Neilson has published work on journalism and digital media in Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism, Fast Capitalism, and Global Media Journal.  He also publishes and presents research in heavy metal studies including a chapter in Scott Wilson’s Music at the Extremes: Sounds outside the Mainstream.  Dr Neilson teaches units in media theory, digital media, and news production. He is interested in advising higher degree research in the areas of journalism, the political economy of digital media, critical cultural theory, and heavy metal studies.

Dr Intan Paramaditha
Lecturer in Media and Film Studies

Location: Building 10HA, Room 193B
Phone: (02) 9850 2186
E-mail: intan.paramaditha@mq.edu.au

Media and cultural activism, gender and sexuality, religion and secularism, contemporary Asian film and media, particularly Southeast Asian and Indonesian cinema, media, citizenship, public and counterpublic, nation, transnationalism, and globalization

Dr Karen Pearlman
Lecturer in Screen Production

Location: Building 10HA, Room 193H
Phone: (02) 9850 2176
Email: karen.pearlman@mq.edu.au

Screen production processes and practices; Editing and rhythm; Movement and kinaesthetic empathy; Screen dramaturgy, performance dramaturgy; Cognitive studies of the moving image; Embodied expertise and extended mind in creative practices; Dancefilm/screendance; Elizaveta Svilova and Dziga Vertov

Professor John Potts
Professor in Media

Location: Building 10HA, Room 165J
Phone: (02) 9850 2163
Email: john.potts@mq.edu.au

Culture and technology, digital media, media history, contemporary arts, and intellectual history

Professor Joseph Pugliese
Research Director, MMCCS

Location: Building 10HA, Room 252
Phone: (02) 9850 2162
Email: joseph.pugliese@mq.edu.au

Race, ethnicity, whiteness; bodies, technologies; cultural studies of law; migration, diaspora, refugees; and state violence

Dr Maya Ranganathan
Lecturer in Media and International Communication

Location: Building 10HA, Room 156
Phone: (02) 9850 2251
Email: maya.ranganathan@mq.edu.au

Media and political identities, with particular focus on South Asia

Dr Adrian Renzo
Lecturer in Contemporary Music

Location: Building 10HA, Room 155
Phone: (02) 9850 2155
Email: adrian.renzo@mq.edu.au

Dr Adrian Renzo writes about popular music production, electronic dance music, and remix culture from a critical musicological perspective. His research includes work on the aesthetics of medley records, the construction of Spanish 'megamixes', and the working methods of amateur mash-up producers. His current research explores the intersection between Top 40 pop songs and rave tracks during the early 1990s.

Dr Andrew Robson
Associate Lecturer in Music Studies

Location: Building 10HA, Room 256
Phone: (02) 9850 2120
Email: andrew.robson@mq.edu.au

Andrew’s research focusses on jazz practices in Australian and New Zealand, with an emphasis on how jazz communities interact and develop over time. He teaches across a range of units in the department of MMCCS including; Songwriting and Musical Authorship (MMCS200); Music Business (MUS209); Arts Management Internship (MMCS321), Managing Creativity (MMCS320) and The Creative Industries (MECO847).

Dr Kate Rossmanith
Senior Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies

Location: Building 10HA, Room 191F
Phone: (02) 9850 2183
Email: kate.rossmanith@mq.edu.au

Performance studies, criminology, and creative nonfiction writing

Dr Jane Simon
Lecturer in Media

Location: Building 10HA, Room 165K
Phone: (02) 9850 2102
Email: jane.simon@mq.edu.au

Art photography, amateurism & photography, artists' books, autobiographical film, feminist film theory and feminist cultural theory

Dr Stefan Solomon
Lecturer, Media Studies

Location: Building 10HA, Room 152
Phone: (02) 9850 6812
Email: stefan.solomon@mq.edu.au

Stefan teaches into film studies, media studies, and creative industries units in the department. He is available to supervise research in any areas of film history, film theory, intermediality, adaptation, screenwriting and media theory.

Dr Yuji Sone
Lecturer in Theatre and Performance Studies

Location: Building 10HA, Room 191E
Phone: (02) 9850 2168
Email: yuji.sone@mq.edu.au

Dr Yuji Sone teaches theatre and performance studies courses with an emphasis on praxis in relation to cultural studies and media studies. His research has focused on the cross-disciplinary conditions of technologised performance. He is the author of Japanese robot culture: Performance, imagination, and modernity (2017), which examines the Japanese affinity for the robot through contemporary performing robots.

Dr Rowan Tulloch
Lecturer in Media

Location: Building 10HA, Room 191C
Phone: (02) 9850 2254
Email: rowan.tulloch@mq.edu.au

Video gaming and digital culture: question of how we theorise new technological forms and practices, and how our engagements with these new forms are shaped by our understanding of older technological forms

Dr Deb Waterhouse-Watson

Location: Building 10HA, Room 165F
Phone: (02) 9850 2126
Email: deb.watson@mq.edu.au

Gender, media (particularly news and social media), law and language, and discourse and narrative analysis

Dr Helen Wolfenden
Lecturer in Radio

Location: Building 10HA, Room 193G
Phone: (02) 9850 2169
Email: helen.wolfenden@mq.edu.au

Helen Wolfenden is a lecturer in radio at Macquarie University. Helen has spent much of her professional life as a radio broadcaster (presenter, producer, manager and researcher) with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). Helen’s PhD focused on how ABC radio presenters construct an on-air identity. Her other practice-based research interests include podcasting, the role of radio producers and radio as a research tool. More broadly, Helen is interested in the intersect of professional and academic knowledge and their usefulness to each other.

Professional staff

Ms Michelle Lin
Department Administrator
Location: Building 10HA, Room 261
Phone: (02) 9850 2257
Email: michelle.lin@mq.edu.au
Ms Justine Martin
Department Administrator
Location: Building 10HA, Room 250
Phone: (02) 9850 2250
Email: justine.martin@mq.edu.au
Ms Stephany Yeap
Department Administrator
Location: Building 10HA, Room 259
Phone: (02) 9850 2256
Email: stephany.yeap@mq.edu.au

Technical staff

Mr David Mitchell
Technical Manager
Location: Building 10HA, Room 172
Phone: (02) 9850 2173
Email: david.mitchell@mq.edu.au
Mr Mike Baber
Technical Officer - Digital News Facilities
Location: Building 10HA, Room 290
Phone: (02) 9850 2290
Email: michael.baber@mq.edu.au
Mr John Cook
Technical Officer
Location: Building 10HA, Room 174
Phone: (02) 9850 2170
Email: john.cook@mq.edu.au
Mr Ben Nash
Technical Officer
Location: Building 10HA, Room 170
Phone: (02) 9850 2147
Email: ben.nash@mq.edu.au
Mr Peter Ring
Radio Facilities Manager
Location: Building 10HA, Room 170
Phone: (02) 9850 2171
Email: peter.ring@mq.edu.au
Ms Holly Robinson
Technical Assistant - Performance & Media
Location: Building 10HA, Room 174
Phone: (02) 9850 2174
Email: holly.robinson@mq.edu.au
Ms Tegan Sadler
Technical Assistant - Music and Radio Facilities
Location: Building 10HA, Room 170
Phone: (02) 9850 2200
Email: tegan.sadler@mq.edu.au

Honorary Associates

Name Research Interests
Dr Maree Delofski
Honorary Senior Research Fellow
Email: maree.delofski@mq.edu.au

Dr Ilona Hongisto
Honorary Associate
Email: ilona.hongisto@mq.edu.au

Dr Ilona Hongisto works across film and media studies, critical theory and political philosophy. She specialises in documentary media, focusing on questions of ethics and aesthetics in documentary cinema. Her current interests include fabulation, serial forms of storytelling, the documentary frame, film production and financing, and the festival circuit. Hongisto is an Adjunct Professor in Media Theory and Aesthetics at the University of Turku, Finland.
Professor Nikki Sullivan
Honorary Associate
Email: nikki.sullivan@mq.edu.au

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