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Christopher Benjamin Menadue

Adjunct Research Fellow of The Cairns Institute, James Cook University

My main research interest is how science fiction provides a lens through which to focus on human interests and social trends, including how science fiction enables research to engage with the public. I apply digital tools to the extraction and analysis of text to add depth to qualitative and quantitative interpretation and also employ attitude and experience surveys and statistical analysis to support the inferences and themes that my research has uncovered. These have significance in the fields of sociology and psychology of fiction. I have broad interests in social psychology, history and philosophy of science, English literature, and education - especially access and inclusion. I also write science fiction, which is published on Amazon for Kindle.

Experience

  • 2019–present
    Adjunct Research Fellow, The Cairns Institute, James Cook University
  • 2014–2019
    Lecturer, James Cook Univesity
  • 2015–2019
    PhD Candidate, James Cook University
  • 2012–2015
    Research Business Manager, James Cook University

Education

  • 2019 
    James Cook University, PhD (cum laude)
  • 2008 
    Plymouth University, Professional Graduate Certificate in Education
  • 2002 
    Open University UK, Masters in Business Administration
  • 1992 
    Cambridge University UK, Masters
  • 1990 
    Cambridge University UK, Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

Publications

  • 2019
    George Miller's Mad Max (1979-2015) and Ryan Griffen's Cleverman (2016-2017) - Australian Science Fiction. In J. Fennell (Ed.), Sci-Fi A Companion, Peter Lang
  • 2019
    Hubbard Bubble, dianetics trouble: An evaluation of the representations of dianetics and scientology in science fiction magazines from 1949 to 1999, SAGE Open
  • 2018
    Who reads science fiction and fantasy, and how do they feel about science? Preliminary findings from an online survey, SAGE Open
  • 2018
    Cities in Flight: A descriptive examination of the tropical city imagined in twentieth century science fiction cover art, eTropic
  • 2017
    Human Culture and Science Fiction: A review of the literature 1980-2016, SAGE Open
  • 2017
    Trysts Tropiques: the torrid jungles of science fiction, eTropic

Grants and Contracts

  • 2015
    APA Scholarship
    Role:
    Principal Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Commonwealth of Australia

Professional Memberships

  • The Modern Language Association
  • British Psychological Society

Research Areas

  • Psychology (1701)
  • Stylistics And Textual Analysis (200526)
  • Language, Communication And Culture Not Elsewhere Classified (209999)
  • Sociology And Social Studies Of Science And Technology (160808)
  • British And Irish Literature (200503)
  • North American Literature (200506)