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Katherine (Kate) Power

Senior lecturer, The University of Queensland

Kate Power is a critical discourse analyst, whose research and teaching focus on how meaning is made, identities and relationships constructed, and power wielded. Former Secretary of the International Gender and Language Association, she holds a teaching and research position at The University of Queensland, where she works across disciplines to address issues of social justice in which gender and language are key components. Her research addresses diverse academic, economic, media, organizational, and other social contexts, with particular sensitivity to gender, sexuality and sustainability.


  • 2023–present
    Senior lecturer, The University of Queensland
  • 2018–2022
    Lecturer, The University of Queensland
  • 2011–2018
    Instructor, University of British Columbia


  • 2019 
    Higher Education Academy, Fellow
  • 2016 
    University of British Columbia, Certificate on Curriculum & Pedagogy in Higher Education
  • 2011 
    Cambridge University, Cambridge ESOL CELTA CertificateCELTA Certificate
  • 2010 
    Lancaster University, PhD in Applied Linguistics


  • 2023
    Pacific-based newspaper reporting on violence against women and girls, Communication Research and Practice
  • 2023
    Directives in Covid-19 government guidance: an international comparison, Applied Corpus Linguistics
  • 2022
    Constructing COVID-19: A corpus-informed analysis of prime ministerial crisis response communication by gender, Discourse & Society
  • 2021
    ‘Sustainability’ and the performing arts: Discourse analytic evidence from Australia, Poetics
  • 2019
    Discourse analysis and austerity: Critical studies from economics and linguistics, Routledge
  • 2019
    Women in business media: A critical discourse analysis of representations of women in Forbes, Fortune and Bloomberg BusinessWeek, 2015-2017., CADAAD Journal
  • 2017
    "Church trailblazer Rev Pat Storey on Weight Watchers, caffeine and how she named her dog after former New York mayor”: Media representations of the first female Anglican Bishop in the UK and Ireland. , Irish Journal of Applied Social Studies
  • 2017
    What is a research article? Genre variability and data selection in genre research. , Journal of English for Academic Purposes
  • 2015
    Eating Words: A discourse historical analysis of the public debate over India’s 2013 National Food Security Act., On the Horizon
  • 2014
    Investigating religious ‘identity’: The promise and problem of discourse analytic methods for Religious Studies inquiries., Fieldwork in Religion

Grants and Contracts

  • 2024
    Investing in Queensland Women
    Principal investigator
    Funding Source:
    Queensland Government
  • 2020
    Industry Research Fellowships
    Funding Source:
    Queensland Government
  • 2018
    Early Career Academic Grant
    Principal investigator
    Funding Source:
    The University of Queensland

Professional Memberships

  • International Gender and Language Association
  • Applied Linguistics Association of Australia
  • Australian Systemic Functional Linguistics Association