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Associate Professor Humanities Arts and Social Sciences University of New England Armidale NSW, University of New England

Jo’s research uses both sociological and political lenses to examine a range of popular culture forms and contexts. An interdisciplinary researcher, Jo conducts research on a range of popular and material culture topics including gendered political fashion, death studies with a focus on death fashion, critical film and television studies with a focus on class and violence, romance studies which examine issues of representation and historical accuracy, representations of animals in popular culture in a post-humanist context and royals, and issues of celebrity and fandom in modern society.

Jo is a co-founder of UNE’s Popular Culture Research Network (PopCRN), Australia’s leading popular culture research network and is an Editorial Board Member of The Australasian Journal of Popular Culture (Intellect).


  • 2013–present
    Lecturer , SCU


  • 2010 
    University of Wollongong , PhD


  • 2005
    Seeking Refuge: Asylum Seekers and Politics in a Globalising World, Halstead Press, Sydney

Research Areas

  • Australian Government And Politics (160601)
  • Human Rights Law (180114)
  • Human Rights And Justice Issues (220104)