Tara Brabazon is Dean of Graduate Research and Professor of Cultural Studies at Flinders, Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce (RSA) and Director of the Popular Culture Collective. She has worked in nine universities in four countries, holding research professorships in media, creative media, communication and education. She is the author of 20 books and over 200 refereed articles and book chapters, and is a columnist for the Times Higher Education. Her best known books include the Digital Hemlock trilogy (Digital Hemlock, The University of Google and Digital Dieting), Enabling University: (dis)ability, impairment and higher education, Thinking Popular Culture: war, writing and terrorism, Unique Urbanity: renewal, regeneration and decay, From Revolution to Revelation: Generation X, popular memory, cultural studies, Trump Studies and The Creative PhD.
Tara has won six teaching awards, including the National Teaching Award for the Humanities, along with other awards for disability education, cultural studies and doctoral supervision. In recognition of community engagement, Tara was a finalist for Australian of the Year and Telstra Businesswoman of the Year in 2005. An awarded speaker, she had delivered hundreds of speeches around the world to business leaders, professional organizations and community groups. She was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM).
Her research interests include city imaging, creative industries, cultural studies, physical cultural studies, digitization and higher education studies. She is committed to ensuring that Flinders is an enabling university, aligning excellence with social justice in the higher degree programme.
Tara is an expert in - and active user of - social media. Please refer to her podcasts
YouTube Channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/TaraBrabazon),
Twitter feed (@tarabrabazon),
LinkedIn profile (http://www.linkedin.com/in/tarabrabazon?trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile) and Pinterest boards (https://www.pinterest.com/tarabrabazon/).
Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours in History (University of Western Australia) 1990
Bachelor of Literature and Communication (Murdoch University) 1990
Bachelor of Education with Distinction (Central Queensland University) 1998
Graduate Diploma of Internet Studies with Distinction (Curtin University) 2001
Le Cordon Bleu Graduate Diploma in Gastronomic Tourism (Southern Cross University) 2016
Master of Arts by Research in History with Distinction (University of Western Australia) 1992
Master of Letters in Cultural Studies (Central Queensland University) 1995
Master of Education with First Class Honours (University of New England) 2006
Master of Leadership (Deakin University) 2020-1
Doctor of Philosophy (Murdoch University) 1995
Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce (RSA)
Winner, Teaching Excellence Award (for undergraduate and postgraduate education), University of Brighton, 2009/10
Dean’s Prize, Masters of Education with Honours, University of New England, April 2007
Finalist Australian of the Year – Western Australia, 2005
Finalist Telstra Businesswoman of the Year – Western Australia, 2005
Winner of the Supervisor of the Year, Murdoch University, 2005
Winner of the Teaching Excellence Award, Murdoch University, 2005
Winner of the Vice Chancellor’s Equity (Disabilities) Award, Murdoch University, 2000
Winner of the Australian Award for University Teaching, Federal Government of Australia, 1998
Winner of the Vice Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award, Murdoch University, 1997
Dean of Graduate Research
Tara has worked with an array of industries, including the music and tourism industries, health and fitness groups, and GLAMs (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums). Below is a selection of her community engagements.
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