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.