Associate Professor in Internet Studies, Curtin University

Tama Leaver is an Associate Professor in the Department of Internet Studies at Curtin University, and a researcher working in Curtin’s Centre for Culture and Technology and the Curtin Institute for Computation.

His research interests include social media, online identity, digital death, infancy online and media distribution.

He has published in a number of journals including Social Media + Society, Communication Research and Practice, Information Communication and Society, Popular Communication, Media International Australia, Comparative Literature Studies and the Fibreculture journal.

He is the author of Artificial Culture: Identity, Technology and Bodies (Routledge, 2012), co-editor (with Mike Kent) of An Education in Facebook? Higher Education and the World's Largest Social Network (Routledge, 2014) and co-editor (with Michele Willson) of Social, Casual and Mobile Games: The Changing Gaming Landscape (Bloomsbury Academic, 2016). He is currently researching the way birth, early life and death are changing in the era of networked digital communications.

Experience

  • 2016–present
    Associate Professor in Internet Studies, Curtin
  • 2013–2016
    Senior Lecturer in Internet Studies, Curtin
  • 2012–2013
    Research Fellow, Curtin Centre for Culture and Technology (CCAT)
  • 2009–2012
    Lecturer in Internet Studies, Curtin

Education

  • 2006 
    UWA, PhD

Honours

2012 Australian Award for University Teaching for Teaching Excellence in the Humanities and the Arts