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Professor of Political Science, The University of Melbourne

Sally Young is Professor of Political Science at the University of Melbourne. Her research focuses on Australian politics and media. Her most recent book is Media Monsters: The Transformation of Australia's Newspaper Empires (UNSW Press, 2023), the sequel to Paper Emperors: The Rise of Australia's Newspaper Empires (UNSW Press, 2019).

Sally's previous books include Shooting the Picture: Press Photography in Australia (co-authored with Fay Anderson) (MUP, 2016); How Australia Decides: Election Reporting and the Media (Cambridge University Press, 2011); The Persuaders: Inside the Hidden Machine of Political Advertising (Pluto Press, 2004), From Banners to Broadcasts (National Library of Australia, 2005), and the edited book Government Communication in Australia (Cambridge University Press, 2007). In addition, Sally has published over forty journal articles and conference papers.

Sally is a regular media commentator on Australian politics, media and elections. She wrote a monthly column for The Age between 2013-15 and has also been published in the Guardian, the Sydney Morning Herald, the Good Weekend, Canberra Times and the Herald Sun.


  • 2018–present
    Professor, University of Melbourne


  • 2003 
    Melbourne University, PhD