Professor Judy McGregor, Head of the School of Social Sciences and Public Policy, is Associate Dean with responsibility for Postgraduate Studies.
As a former newspaper academic with a PhD in political communication she has expertise in media sociology, in media representation, in aspects of crime news and "moral panic", in freedom of expression and new media issues, in balance and fairness and regulatory aspects relating to the media and in sport's news.
As a former Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner with the New Zealand Human Rights Commission, Judy has wide expertise in human rights and social justice issues. Her specific interests lie in discrimination issues, women's rights, gender equality in governance, management professional and public life, equal pay and the employment of ethnic and minority groups.
As a trained lawyer Judy is interested in all aspects of human rights law particularly civil and political rights and is currently engaged in New Zealand Law Foundation-funded research assessing the impact of New Zealand’s ratification of the international treaty bodies.
Judy is author or editor of seven books, including four journalism texts and a book exploring the employment of older workers.
She is a trained lawyer, and has held fellowships at Cambridge and Edinburgh Universities.