My passion lies in the study of texts that envisage and engage with politics in unconventional and often mischievous ways. I am similarly concerned with how politicians engage with such texts and how this influences the way they campaign and the way that the public understand or evaluate politics.
Broadly, my research interests include: humour, satire and play; the mediation of contemporary politics; the carnivalesque as a contemporary textual and discursive practice; political participation through play with social media and the production of user-generated content; and ways in which the local and global intersect via televisual and online media.
My PhD examined this contemporary interplay between satire and politics, arguing that it has contributed to significant shifts within political discourse. It focused on the under-researched area of Australian political satire and is available to view and download in the papers section.
I also teach cultural studies, media studies and professional writing at Curtin University.
As an undergraduate, I majored in creative writing and publishing. My poetry and personal essays have appeared in a number of local Australian publications, most notably the book Australian Love Poems edited by Mark Tredinnick. Outside academia, I have worked in editing, publishing, libraries and even the teaching and performance of dance.