Lecturer in Communication Studies, University of Otago

Research interests:
Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, Urban Planning, Cultural Geography, Popular Music, Asian Studies, Japanese Studies, Masculinities, Affect Studies, Creative Cities, Heavy Metal Music, Metal Studies, Non-representational theory, Grindcore, Asian-Australian Studies, Brutal Belonging, and Affective Belonging

Subjects taught:
Writing for the media
Introduction to Communication Theory
Television Studies
Advanced Communication Theory
Rock to Rave (popular music cultures)
Lifestyle and Consumer Cultures
Media and Everyday Life in Asia
Culture, Media and Everyday Life
Society and Environments


  • 2013–present
    Lecturer in Media, Film and Communication, The University of Otago
  • 2008–2013
    Lecturer in Cultural Studies, The University of Melbourne


  • 2012 
    The University of Melbourne, PhD / Cultural Studies and Japanese Studies


  • 2015
    Brutal Belonging in Other Spaces: Grindcore Touring in Melbourne and Osaka, Youth Cultures and Subcultures: An Australian Perspective
  • 2014
    Affective Intensities in Extreme Music Scenes: Cases from Australia and Japan,
  • 2014
    Intermediality and interventions: Applying intermediality frameworks to reality television and microblogs, Refractory
  • 2012
    Review: 'Making Music in Japan's Underground: The Tokyo Hardcore Scene', Japanese Studies
  • 2012
    '[I] Hate Girls and Emo[tions]: Negotiating masculinity in grindcore music, Popular Music History
  • 2011
    Emo online: networks of sociality / networks of exclusion, Perfect Beat
  • 2010
    Brutal Belonging in Melbourne's Grindcore Scene, Studies in Symbolic Interaction
  • 2009
    The Pink Palace, policy and power: Home-making practices and gentrification in Northcote, Continuum