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I have just submitted my PhD (September 2019), under the supervision of Emeritus Professor Marian Sawer, in the School of Politics and International Relations at the Australian National University. My doctoral thesis examined the gendered print mediation of women prime ministers from English-speaking Westminster democracies, in particular Julia Gillard, Margaret Thatcher, Theresa May, Jenny Shipley and Helen Clark.


About

I have just submitted my PhD (September 2019), under the supervision of Emeritus Professor Marian Sawer, in the School of Politics and International Relations at the Australian National University. 

My doctoral thesis focuses on the gendered print mediation of women prime ministers from English-speaking Westminster democracies, in particular Julia Gillard, Margaret Thatcher, Theresa May, Jenny Shipley and Helen Clark. As part of this project, I’ve had the exciting opportunity to interview both the Hon. Julia Gillard and the Hon. Helen Clark.

Additional research interests include: feminist theory, Australian politics, women politicians, media analysis, post-structuralism, critical theory, queer theory, LGBTQIA+ rights and refugee politics.


At present I tutor courses on refugee politics and race and ethnic representation in politics at the Australian National University.

Since May 2019, I am the regular federal political correspondent for Radio Adelaide.

I am currently sitting on the Executive Board for the International Political Science Association (IPSA) Research Caucus for Gender Politics and Policy (RC19). Additionally, I am the Social Media Coordinator for the Australian Political Studies Association (APSA) Women’s Caucus, the International Political Science Association (IPSA) RC19, and am co-editor of the POP Politics Aus Blog.


My research and activism has garnered mainstream media attention, frequently appearing on radio, television and in newspapers.

Research and Publications

Journal Articles:

Williams, Blair. 2018. ‘Book Review: Gender, Politics, News: A Game of Three Sides’. Feminist Media Studies 18 (2): 333–334.

Williams, Blair. 2017. ‘A Gendered Media Analysis of the Prime Ministerial Ascension of Gillard and Turnbull: He’s “taken back the reins” and she’s “a backstabbing” murderer’. Australian Journal of Political Science 52 (4): 550–564.


Book Chapters:

Williams, Blair. Forthcoming. ‘The Murdoch Presses: Representation of Masculinity and Femininity in Leadership’. In Gender and Australian Political Leadership, edited by Zareh Ghazarian and Katrina Lee-Koo. Sydney: NewSouth.

Williams, Blair and Marian Sawer. 2018. ‘Rainbow Labor and a Purple Policy Launch: Gender and Sexuality Issues’. In Double Disillusion: The 2016 Australian Federal Election, edited by Anika Gauja, et al. ANU press.


Encyclopaedia Entries:

Williams, Blair. Forthcoming. ‘Margaret Thatcher’. In The International Encyclopedia of Gender, Media, and Communication, edited by Karen Ross.Wiley.

Williams, Blair. Forthcoming. ‘Julia Gillard’. In The International Encyclopedia of Gender, Media, and Communication, edited by Karen Ross. Wiley.

Williams, Blair. Forthcoming. ‘Helen Clark’. In The International Encyclopedia of Gender, Media, and Communication, edited by Karen Ross. Wiley.


Working papers / under review:

Williams, Blair. ‘A Tale of Two Women: A comparative media analysis of UK Prime Ministers Margaret Thatcher and Theresa May’. Under Review.

Williams, Blair. ‘It’s a Man’s World at the Top: Gendered Media Representations of Julia Gillard and Helen Clark’.

Williams, Blair. ‘The Family Trope: A comparative analysis of the gendered print mediation of women Prime Ministers’.

Williams, Blair. ‘The Queering of Women Prime Ministers: A Visual Analysis of Gendered Political Cartoons’.

Williams, Blair. ‘Pacing the Political Tightrope: A Gender Performative Analysis of Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott’.


Blog Posts:

Williams, Blair. 2019. ‘Feminist or misogynist? Boris Johnson’s “woman problem”’. Broad Agenda.

Price, Jenna and Blair Williams. 2019. ‘Queensland paper backtracks after using violent imagery to depict Annastacia Palaszczuk’. The Conversation.

Williams, Blair and Louise Chappell. 2019. ‘The “unmarried head prefect” and other tired tropes: How the media stereotyped Gladys Berejiklian’. BroadAdenga Blog.

Williams, Blair. 2018. ‘The maelstrom of the leadership spill: Julie Bishop and the glass cliff’. BroadAgenda Blog.

Williams, Blair. 2018. ‘Media coverage of the UK’s female prime ministers has become more gendered from Thatcher to May’. Pop Politics Aus.  

Williams, Blair. 2018. ‘Media coverage of the UK’s female prime ministers has become more gendered from Thatcher to May’. Global Institute for Women’s Leadership.

Williams, Blair and Marian Sawer. 2018. ‘Rainbow Labor and a purple policy launch: Gender and sexuality in the 2016 federal election’. BroadAgenda Blog.  

Williams, Blair. 2017. ‘He’s “taken back the reins” and she’s “a backstabbing murderer”’. BroadAgenda Blog.

Williams, Blair. 2017. ‘Julia Gillard, gender and the media: Treading the tight-rope’. VIDA Blog: Australian Women’s History Network.  

Media Engagement

My research largely focuses on women in politics, the mainstream media, sexism, gendered double standards, intersectionality in electoral politics and queer theory.

I am also a feminist activist and have organised protests and vigils against all forms of violence towards women.

Since May 2019, I am the regular federal political correspondent for Radio Adelaide.


Radio Interviews:

ABC Radio Canberra. Drive. 27 November 2019. ‘20th Anniversary of Helen Clark’s PM ascension: Talking women in politics’.

ABC Radio Canberra. Sunday Afternoon. 17 November 2019. ‘One Liners: Gillard’s Misogyny Speech’.

BBC Radio. Up All Night. 25 May 2019. ‘Interview: Gendered media coverage of Theresa May’.

Radio Adelaide. Breakfast. 20 May 2019. ‘Politics: What can we expect for the next 3 years?‘.

SBS Radio. 13 May 2019. ‘Expertise interview on Women Electoral Lobby’s election scorecard on gender equality policy’.

ABC Radio Adelaide. 27 December 2018. ‘2018 A Year That Was: Interview on Sexism in Australian Politics’.

ABC Radio Darwin. 30 November 2018. ‘Interview on Women Politicians and Sexism in Australian Parliament’.

Radio 1 SRF. News Bulletin. 27 September 2018. ‘Interview on Sexism in Australian Politics’.

Radio 1 SRF. News Bulletin. 27 September 2018. ‘Interview on Racism in Australian Politics’.

ABC Canberra Radio. News Bulletin. 19 June 2018. ‘Interview on Vigil for Eurydice Dixon’.

ABC South East Radio. News Bulletin. 29 September 2016. ‘Interview on Gillard, Turnbull, Clinton and media’.

Triple J. News Bulletin. 28 September 2016. ‘Interview on Gillard, Turnbull and the media’.


TV Interviews:

Gillard, Julia. 9 October 2019. ‘More or less sexist’. Peston ITV.

SBS World News. Feature. 17 April 2019. ‘Expertise interview on the youth vote in the 2019 Australian Federal Election‘.

Ten News. News Bulletin. 4 July 2018. ‘Expertise interview on Senator Leyonhjelm’s Sexist Remarks towards Hanson-Young’.


News Coverage:

Price, Jenna. 2019. ‘The ALP has a long way to go on gender equality’. The Canberra Times. 18 October.

Price, Jenna. 2019. ‘Labor, the men who run it and their “female worker bees”’. The Sydney Morning Herald. 17 October.

Mao, Frances. 2019. ‘2019 election: Why politics is toxic for Australia’s women’. BBC News. 16 May.

Baker, Nick. 2018. ‘What does Julia Banks’ resignation say about the Liberal party?SBS News. 30 August.

Price, Jenna. 2018. ‘All this talk of leadership changes, and barely a whisper about women’. The Sydney Morning Herald. 23 February.

Walker, Aaron. 2016. ‘Gillard and Turnbull: a case study in gender bias in Australian media. UNSW Newsroom. 28 September.

Walker, Aaron. 2016. ‘Gillard and Turnbull: a case study in gender bias in Australian media’. ANU Newsroom. 28 September

Faruqi, Osman. 2016. ‘New Research Confirms The Media Was Pretty Bloody Sexist When Covering Julia Gillard’. Junkee. 28 September.

Scott, Elise. 2016. ‘Gillard subject to gender bias: study’. Sky News. 28 September.

Scott, Elise. 2016. ‘Gillard copped media gender bias: report’. News.com. 28 September.

Scott, Elise. 2016. ‘Gillard copped media gender bias: report’. Yahoo. 28 September.

Su, Reissa. 2014. ‘Julia Gillard’s Negative Media Treatment Turns Off Women to Enter Politics. International Business Times. January 15.

Shepherd, Tory. 2014. ‘More women turning off politics after Julia Gillard was badly treated’. The Advertiser. 14 January.

Panahi, Rita. 2014. ‘Misogyny!’. Herald Sun. 16 January.

Shepherd, Tory. 2014. ‘More women turning off politics after Julia Gillard was badly treated’. Herald Sun. 14 January.


Podcasts:

Policy Forum. 18 November 2019. Democracy Sausage. ‘Women in politics special’.

Policy Forum. 3 December 2018. The Brief Podcast. ‘Women in politics: Creating space for female representation’. https://www.policyforum.net/the-brief-women-in-politics/