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I am interested in supervising projects in the areas of - gender, sexuality and media representation - television cultures - media and social change

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Dr Whitney Monaghan is a Lecturer in the School of Media, Film and Journalism at Monash University. She is a teacher of media, strategic communications, film and screen studies and a research expert in queer and feminist media studies. 

Her PhD research on the representation of queer girlhood is published as the monograph Queer Girls, Temporality and Screen Media: Not ‘Just a Phase’ (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). She is the co-author of Queer Theory Now: From Foundations to Futures (Red Globe Press, 2019) and co-editor of Screening Scarlett Johansson: Gender, Genre, Stardom (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020). 

Dr Monaghan has additional research interests in television cultures, teen screen cultures and media studies pedagogy. Her current projects seek to examine LGBTIQ representation on screen, uncover Australia's queer TV histories, and establish best practice for teaching screen and media studies in a post-pandemic world.

Dr Monaghan is also the founder and co-editor of Peephole Journal and coordinator of the Melbourne Women in Film Festival

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research area keywords

  • Queer Theory
  • Feminist Media Studies
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Media representation
  • Television
  • Television Studies
  • Media Studies
  • Social Justice

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