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Emeritus Professor, Department of Government and International Relations, University of Sydney

Professor Tiffen is one of Australia’s leading scholars of the media. His teaching and research interests are in the mass media, Australian politics, comparative democratic politics, democratisation and Australian relations with Asia.

His most recent book, co-authored with Ross Gittins, is How Australia Compares (Cambridge University Press, 2004).

He is also author of Diplomatic Deceits: Government, Media and East Timor; Scandals: Media, Politics and Corruption in Contemporary Australia; News and Power; The News from Southeast Asia and numerous articles on mass media and Australian politics.

He is editor of Mayer on the Media: Selected Essays on Australian Media, and co-editor of Australia’s Gulf War. He acted as an observer of South Africa’s media during that country’s first democratic election, and has worked with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) reviewing Radio Australia. He currently holds an ARC Discovery Grant to analyse changes in the Australian press’s political reporting over the last 50 years.


  • 2010–present
    Emeritus Professor in Government and International Relations, University of Sydney


  • 1977 
    Monash University, PhD Sociology

Research Areas

  • Australian Government And Politics (160601)
  • Journalism Studies (190301)