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Lecturer in Australian Politics, Monash University

Dr Blair Williams is an award-winning academic and is currently a Lecturer in Australian Politics at Monash University, following her tenure as a Research Fellow at the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership (GIWL) at the Australian National University.

Her research focuses on gendered media coverage of women in politics, and she is becoming a leading voice in this narrative, already cited by national and international political figures in public talks, media, and publications. Dr Williams is highly visible in the media as a monthly columnist for The Canberra Times, Federal Political Correspondent for Radio Adelaide, and regular writer for The Conversation. Her research and activism have appeared in over 50 local, national, and international platforms, including Radio National, SBS, The Sydney Morning Herald, BBC, Al Jazeera and Le Monde.


  • 2022–present
    Lecturer, Monash University
  • 2020–2022
    Research Fellow, Global Institute for Women's Leadership, ANU


  • 2020 
    The Australian National University, PhD
  • 2014 
    University of Adelaide, Bachelor of Arts (Honours)


  • 2021
    Parliament as a Gendered Workplace: Introduction to this Special Issue, Australasian Parliamentary Review
  • 2021
    Where are all the Great Women politicians? A gendered analysis of Australian political biographies, Australian Journal of Biography and History
  • 2021
    Still Lacking Her Rights at Work: The Treatment of Women Politicians in the Australian Parliament and Print News Media, Australasian Parliamentary Review
  • 2020
    Gender and Political Leadership in a Time of COVID, Politics & Gender
  • 2020
    A Tale of Two Women: A comparative media analysis of UK Prime Ministers Margaret Thatcher and Theresa May, Parliamentary Affairs
  • 2020
    It’s a Man’s World at the Top: Gendered media representations of Julia Gillard and Helen Clark, Feminist Media Studies
  • 2017
    A Gendered Media Analysis of the Prime Ministerial Ascension of Gillard and Turnbull: He’s “taken back the reins” and she’s “a backstabbing” murderer, Australian Journal of Political Science