Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies

Dr Jillian Kramer

Scholarly Teaching Fellow

Jillian Kramer

Office: Y3A 152

Phone: (02) 9850 2252

Undergraduate Teaching: CUL223, CUL321

OUA Teaching: MECX223, MECX210, MECX120, MECX310, MECX340, MECX300


Jillian completed a BA in Media and Cultural Studies (Hons) at Macquarie University in 2011, and is currently completing her PhD. Drawing on the settler-colonial, whiteness and critical legal studies frameworks, her thesis examines the 2007 Northern Territory Intervention. It aims to explore the foundational role that race, specifically whiteness, plays in reproducing the settler-colonial order within political rhetoric, media discourse and legislation.

She teaches units that examine aspects of everyday life, from cultural objects such as kitsch, to contemporary news media, graffiti, politics and Australian laws. Using a range of critical theories, these units aim to raise questions about the politics of taste, race media, social justice and power.

Research Interests

Jillian's research interests lie in studies of whiteness, race, politics, cultural legal studies, Australian media and social justice. She is also interested in studies of learning and teaching and education.


Book Chapters

Kramer, Jillian (forthcoming). 'Securing Sovereignty: Private Property, Indigenous Resistance and the Rhetoric of Housing,' in H Randall-Moon and R Tippet (eds), Security, Race, Biopower: Essays on Technology and Corporeality, Palgrave Macmillan, London

Journal Articles

Kramer, Jillian (2016). '(Re)mapping Terra nullius: Hindmarsh, Wik and Native Title Legislation in Australia,' International Journal for the Semiotics of Law, v29, no. 1, pp. 191-212

Kramer, Jillian (2015). 'Legitimising Fictions: The Rule of Law, the Northern Territory Intervention and the War on Terror, Law Text Culture, v19, pp. 127-153

Kramer, Jillian (2012). 'Protecting White Australia: John Howard's announcement of the Northern Territory Emergency Response and the ongoing Colonial Project,' NEO: Journal for Higher Degree Research Students in Social Sciences and Humanities, v3.