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Adjunct Professor, RMIT University

Most relevant contemporary experience a researcher into the causes and expressions of populist alienation from institutions in the era of tabloidised emotional discourse, social media simplifications and conspiracy theories, with particular reference to Covid-19.

A researcher and speaker in Australian contemporary history, culture and society, particularly regarding today's globalising era.
Author of the major book on sport and society Australian Football The People’s Game 1958-2058, Walla Walla Press, Sydney, 2012

Author of books on nationalism, Australian creative arts and expatriation and the cultural cringe, popular culture, and Australian connections and comparisons (with Japan and with France).
Author and editor of ten books, and over 80 articles and book chapters, and regular contributor to radio, television, press and, recently, the web.
During 2012 interviewed, and published, in the media on sport and social problems, changing character of Australian Football, the Olympics and Halloween and globalisation, and published an academic article on the media and its depiction of the 'bad habits' of politicians.


  • 2011–present
    Adjunct Professor, Globalism Research Centre, RMIT
  • 2001–2011
    Associate Professor, Australian Studies, Deakin University
  • 2000–2001
    Visiting Professor of Australian Studies, University of Tokyo


    University of Tasmania, BA (Hons)
  • 1980 
    ANU, PhD


  • 2012
    Australian Football The People’s Game 1958-2058, Walla Walla Press, Sydney, 2012 , A social history of past and present and future predictions regarding Australian Football