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Professor & Dean, School of Media and Communication, RMIT University

Professor Lisa French is Dean of The School of Media and Communication at RMIT University, and Professor of Screen and Media. She is internationally recognised for her research on women in Australian Cinema. Her scholarship reflects a career long interest the nation’s screen culture, with a specialist interest in gender. Her books include The Female Gaze in Documentary Film – An International Perspective (2021); Shining a Light: 50 Years of the Australian Film Institute (2009); and Womenvision: Women and the Moving Image in Australia (2003).
Her record as an educator with first-rate scholarship is evidenced by numerous awards for both research and teaching, among them several federal government Australian Teaching and Learning Council (ALTC) Citations, and the Permezel Memorial Award For excellence of research and commitment to developing international world-class links in Media and Cinema Studies.
She has broad experience on the boards of peak industry associations and currently sits on the Editorial Board of The Conversation; is a member of the federal government agency Screen Australia’s Gender Matters Taskforce; and she is Co-chair of a UNESCO 19 global university research network on media, gender and ICTs ( She is the recipient of several UNESCO grants and UNESCO has published and translated her research into French, Spanish and Korean.


  • 2017–present
    Professor in Screen and Media, RMIT University


  • 2007 
    RMIT, PhD


Recipient of several Australian Teaching & Learning Council (ALTC) Citations