Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies

Dr Jeannine Baker

Macquarie University Research Fellow, Media

Location: Y3A 165G
Phone: (02) 9850 2194
Twitter: @nenieb


I have a PhD in Australian History (University of Melbourne, 2014). My thesis, which examined the experiences of Australian women war reporters during World War II, was awarded the Dennis-Wettenhall Prize for the best Australian history postgraduate thesis at the University of Melbourne. I was the 2004 Nancy Keesing Fellow at the State Library of New South Wales, and a postdoctoral fellow in MMCCS from 2014 to 2016. I also have a BA in Mass Communications (Macquarie University) and an MA in Public History (University of Technology, Sydney).

I am the author of Australian Women War Reporters: Boer War to Vietnam (NewSouth, 2015) and the co-editor, with Michelle Arrow and Clare Monagle, of Small Screens: Essays in Contemporary Australian Television (Monash University Publishing, 2016).

I have extensive experience in the media and museums sectors as a researcher, writer, curator, oral historian and documentary maker. I produced Holding a Tiger by the Tail: Jessie Litchfield (Earshot, ABC Radio National, 2015), about the Darwin newspaper editor and journalist Jessie Litchfield, and Fler and the Modernist Impulse (Hindsight, ABC Radio National, 2011) about the impact of modernism on the Australian home.I also wrote and directed the television documentary Our Drowned Town (SBS TV, 2001) about the flooding of the NSW town of Adaminaby for the Snowy Mountains Scheme. In 2013 I co-curated the exhibition Life Matters, Action Counts: Michael Callaghan and Collaborators, at the University of Wollongong. I have worked as an oral history interviewer for the Australian Museum, National Library of Australia and the National Film and Sound Archive.

I am the Deputy Director of the Centre for Media History. I serve on the General Council of the History Council of New South Wales.

Research Interests

My research interests are in media history (press and broadcasting), with an emphasis on women's work in the Australian media industry; twentieth-century Australian history; and women's history. I am currently researching the history of women in Australian broadcasting.



Baker, J. Australian Women War Reporters: Boer War to Vietnam. Sydney: NewSouth, 2015

Arrow M, Baker J, and Monagle C (eds), Small Screens: Essays in Contemporary Australian Television. Melbourne: Monash University Press, 2016.

Refereed Journal Articles

Baker, J. 'Woman to Woman: Australian Feminists' Embrace of Radio Broadcasting, 1930s-1950s', Australian Feminist Studies 93, no. 91-92 (2017): 292-308

Baker, J. and Lloyd, J. 'Gendered labour and media: histories and continuities', Media International Australia 161, no.1 (November 2016): 6-17.

Baker, J. 'Australian women journalists and the "pretence of equality", Labour History, no. 108 (May 2015): 1-16.

Baker, J. 'Lines of demarcation: Australian women war reporters in Europe during World War II', History Australia 12, no. 1 (April 2015): 187-206.

Baker, J. 'Marginal creatures: Australian women war reporters during World War II', History Compass 13, no. 2 (February, 2015): 40-50.

Baker, Jeannine. 'All the glamour of the east: Tilly Shelton-Smith reports from Malaya, 1941', Australian Historical Studies 41, no. 2 (2010): 198-216. 

Book chapters

Baker J. ' "Gaps in the national family album': one-off Australian documentaries on the ABC and SBS". In Michelle Arrow, Jeannine Baker and Clare Monagle (eds), Small Screens: Essays on Contemporary Australian Television (Melbourne: Monash University Publishing, 2016): 79-95.

Baker J. 'War Stories: Remembering women conflict reporters'. In Julianne Schultz and Peter Cochrane (eds), Griffith Review 48: Enduring Legacies (Brisbane: Griffith University, 2015), 165-173.

Baker J. 'Constance Le Plastrier'. In Richard Aitken (ed), The Oxford Companion to Australian Gardens (Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 2002), 367.

Baker, Jeannine. 'Children's Literature', in Richard Aitken (ed), The Oxford Companion to Australian Gardens (Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 2002), 138.

Creative Works

Baker, J. 'Holding a Tiger by the Tail: Jessie Litchfield'. 26 minute commissioned radio documentary, Earshot, ABC Radio National, 30 June 2015.

Baker, J. 'Fler and the Modernist Impulse'. 55 minute commissioned radio documentary, Hindsight, ABC Radio National, 27 February 2011.

Baker, J. 'Parenting Blind'. 30 minute commissioned radio documentary. 360documentaries, ABC Radio National, 18 July 2009.

Baker, J. 'West of the Divide'. 30 minute commissioned radio documentary. Street Stories, ABC Radio National, 14 December 2005.

Baker, J. 'Neil Bedford'. 30 minute commissioned radio documentary. Verbatim, ABC Radio National, 25 May 2005.

Baker, J. 'Waifs and Strays: The children of the Randwick Destitute Children's Asylum'. 55 minute commissioned radio documentary. Hindsight, ABC Radio National, 4 April 2004.

Baker, J. Our Drowned Town. 30 minute commissioned TV documentary. SBS TV, 2001.