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PhD Student, Flinders University

Karen Austin is a PhD candidate in the Australian Studies Department of the School of Humanities and the Creative Arts at Flinders University, South Australia. Her research is an investigation into the nature and purposes of Indigenous Australian performance humour and its contributions to Australian culture.

In addition to her studies, Karen tutors in Australian Politics, International Relations and Flinders Foundation Studies Program. She is a passionate advocate for Indigenous Australian Artistic endeavours and hopes to pursue these interests in future research.


  • 2012–2016
    Ms (PhD student), Flinders University


  • 2011 
    Flinders University, BA Hons (First Class)
  • 2010 
    Flinders University, Bachelor of Arts


  • 2015
    Talkin' Blak: Humour in Indigenous Australian Theatre, 1970-2000, Philament Online Journal of Literature, Arts and Culture, v. 20
  • 2013
    A Concise Guide to Indigenous Australian Pottery, Journal of Australian Ceramics, v. 521

Professional Memberships

  • Australasian Humour Studies Network