Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies

Dr Deb Waterhouse-Watson

Office: Y3A 165F

Phone: +61 2 9850 2126


Twitter: @DebWaterhouseW | @womeninsportau

Dr Deb Waterhouse-Watson


I was awarded the Henry Handel Richardson and Arthur Brown Memorial Prizes for Honours in English at Monash University in 2005, and went on to complete a PhD in the School of English, Communications and Performance Studies at Monash in 2009. I held a Monash Early Career Researcher Fellowship 2012-2013 in Media Studies and Literary Studies, and taught Media Studies, Literary Studies, Children's Literature and Journalism at Deakin University and Monash before taking up my current position as a MQRF postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies at Macquarie in 2015. I also hold a Bachelor of Music (Violin, Monash) and Associate Diploma of Music (A.Mus.A., Violin). My research is broadly interdisciplinary, uniting Media, Communications, English and Law through discourse and narrative analysis. My current project investigates the process of court reporting on criminal sexual assault trials involving Australian footballers, using discourse and narrative analysis, and interviews with practitioners in the associated fields. My book Athletes, Sexual Assault and 'Trials by Media': Narrative Immunity, based on my PhD thesis, was published with Routledge in 2013.
I co-founded a cross-disciplinary feminist research group with Nicole Matthews at Macquarie University in 2016, The Quill and Dagger Collective, which brings together HDR students, Early Career Researchers and senior academics. The group meets regularly to discuss contemporary ideas and debates in gender, sexuality or women's studies, drawing readings from intersectional feminist perspectives and members' new research I co-founded a similar group at Monash University in 2007, the Sìdhe Literary Collective, which ran for seven years, organising conferences and providing opportunities for mentoring, research and career development.

I serve on the editorial board of Colloquy: Text, Theory, Critique.

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Research Interests

My primary research interests are in gender, media - particularly news and social media - law and language. Language is fundamental to the ways in which we understand the world, whether in news, literature, legal practice or film, and discourse and narrative analysis are particularly useful ways for unpacking this.



Waterhouse-Watson, Deb 2013, Athletes, Sexual Assault and 'Trials by Media': Narrative Immunity, New York, Routledge.

Journal Articles

Waterhouse-Watson, Deb, 2016, 'It's More Than a Job: Discourse and the Treatment of Elite Footballers Accused of Sexual Violence', Media International Australia, Special Issue: Gendered Labour and Media, no. 161, pp. 68-76

Waterhouse-Watson, Deb, 2016, 'News Media on Trial: Towards a Feminist Ethics of Reporting Footballer Sexual Assault Trials', Feminist Media Studies, vol. 16, no. 6, pp. 952-967.

Brown, Adam and Deb Waterhouse-Watson, 2016, 'Playing with the History of Middle Earth: Board Games, Transmedia Storytelling, and The Lord of the Rings', Journal of Tolkien Research, vol. 3, no. 3.

Brown, Adam and Deb Waterhouse-Watson, 2016, 'Playing with Other(ed) Species: Games, Representation, and Nonhuman Animals', Ctrl-Z: New Media Philosophy, Special Issue: New Media Animals, no. 6.

Waterhouse-Watson, Deb, and Adam Brown 2016, 'Mothers, Monsters, Heroes and Whores: Reinscribing Patriarchy in European Holocaust Films', Dapim: Studies on the Holocaust, vol. 30, no. 2, pp. 142-157.

Waterhouse-Watson, Deb and Adam Brown 2015, 'Playing for Their Lives: Music, Musicians, and Trauma in Holocaust Film', Dapim: Studies on the Holocaust, vol. 29, no. 1, pp. 1-16.

Brown, Adam and Deb Waterhouse-Watson 2015, 'The Future of the Past: Digital Media in Holocaust Museums', Holocaust Studies, vol. 20, no. 1, pp. 1-32.

Waterhouse-Watson, Deb 2014, 'You Posted WHAT on Facebook? Sport, Sex and the "St Kilda Schoolgirl"', Media International Australia, issue 151, pp. 37-46.

Waterhouse-Watson, Deb and Adam Brown 2014, 'Between Whores and Heroes: Women, Voyeurism and Ambiguity in Holocaust Film', Outskirts: feminisms along the edge, special issue: The Gender Games: Stories in/for the Contemporary World, vol. 30 (online).

Brown, Adam and Deb Waterhouse-Watson 2014, 'Between Fighting and Working Together: Reconfiguring Narrative and Identification in Contemporary Board Games', Intensities: The Journal of Cult Media, vol. 7, pp. 5-19.

Waterhouse-Watson, Deb 2012, 'Framing the Victim: Sexual Assault and Australian Footballers on Television', Australian Feminist Studies, vol. 27, no. 71, pp. 73-88.

Waterhouse-Watson, Deb 2012, 'Re-/deconstructing the Yellow Brick Road: Gender, Power and Tin Man', Colloquy: Text, Theory, Critique, vol. 24, pp. 172-191.

Waterhouse Watson, Deb and Adam Brown 2011, 'Women in the "Grey Zone"?: Ambiguity, Complicity and Rape Culture', M/C Journal, vol. 14, no. 5 (online).

Waterhouse-Watson, Deb 2011, '(Un)reasonable Doubt: Narrative Immunity for Footballers against Allegations of Sexual Assault', M/C Journal, vol. 14, no. 1 (online).

Waterhouse-Watson, Deb 2009, 'Playing Defence in Sexual Assault "Trial by Media": The Male Footballer's Imaginary Body', Australian Feminist Law Journal, vol. 30, June, pp.109-129.

Waterhouse-Watson, Deb 2008, 'All Women are Sluts: Australian Rules Football and Representations of the Feminine', Australian Feminist Law Journal, vol. 27, December 2007, pp. 155-162.

Edited Publications

Waterhouse-Watson, Deb Lenise Prater and Adam Brown (eds) 2014, 'The Gender Games: Stories in/for the Contemporary World', special issue of Outskirts: feminisms along the edge.

Waterhouse-Watson, Deb and Evie Kendal (eds) 2012, 'Tights and Tiaras: Female Superheroes and Media Cultures', special issue of Colloquy: text, theory, critique, vol. 24.

Book Chapters

Brown, Adam and Deb Waterhouse-Watson 2016, 'Playing with Gender: (Re-)Imagining Women and Men in Fantasy Board Games', Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Popular Fantasy, Jude Roberts and Esther McCallum (eds), Ashgate, pp. 133-149.

Waterhouse-Watson, Deb and Adam Brown 2015, 'Representing Rape in Holocaust Film: Exhibiting the Eroticised Body for the Camera's Gaze', Aftermath: Genocide, Memory and History, Monash University Press, Melbourne, pp. 169-84.

Do Rozario, Rebecca-Anne and Deb Waterhouse-Watson 2014, 'Beyond Wicked Witches and Fairy Godparents: Ageing and Gender in Children's Fantasy', Harleys and Hormones: Ageing, Popular Culture and Contemporary Feminism, Imelda Whelehan and Joel Gwynne (eds), Palgrave McMillan, pp. 233-247.

Brown, Adam and Deb Waterhouse-Watson 2013, 'Holocaust Testimony and the Question of "Guilt": The Case of Traudl Junge', Testimony, Witness, Authority: The Politics and Poetics of Experience, Tom Clark, Tara Mokhtari and Sasha Henriss-Andersse (eds), Cambridge Scholars, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, pp. 116-27.

Waterhouse-Watson, Deb 2012, '"It Was the Beer...": The Discursive Function of Alcohol in Representations of Sexual Violence', The Future of Applied Linguistics: Local and Global Perspectives, Christina Gitsaki and Richard Baldauf (eds), Cambridge Scholars, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, pp. 311-27.

Waterhouse-Watson, Deb 2010, 'Silencing or Validating Traumatic Testimony: Australian Footballers' Narrative Immunity against Allegations of Sexual Assault', Trauma, Media, Art: New Perspectives, Mick Broderick and Antonio Traverso (eds), Cambridge Scholars, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, pp. 160-174.

Review Essay

Waterhouse-Watson, Deb 2013, 'The Grey Zone', on Anna Krien's Night Games, Sydney Review of Books, 27 September:


Waterhouse-Watson, Deb 2016, 'Footy Dreams Can Come True - for Girls and Boys', The Allrounder sports website, 8 July

Waterhouse-Watson, Deb, 2015, 'Growing up a Real Fan', The Allrounder sports website, 28 October

Waterhouse-Watson, Deb, 2015, 'Why White Australia Got So Upset about an Imaginary Spear', The Allrounder sports website, 9 July

Waterhouse-Watson, Deb, 2014, 'Pity the Perpetrator: Sexual Violence and Athlete Privilege', The Allrounder sports website, 8 December.

Waterhouse-Watson, Deb, 2014, 'The Allrounder's Guide for the Global Fan: Leigh Matthews', The Allrounder sports website, 18 September.

Waterhouse-Watson, Deb, 2014, 'It's Damaging the Game: Australian Football Clubs and Sexual Assault', In Media Res: Sport and Controversy, 20 February.

Waterhouse-Watson, Deb, 2012, Rebecca Anne Do Rozario and Deb Waterhouse-Watson, 'Fairy Tale Princesses Get Feisty', The Conversation, 4 June.