Mr James Frost

Mr James Frost

Position: PhD Candidate
School and/or Centres: School of Politics & International Relations



Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours, ANU (2015).


James Frost is currently a PhD Candidate in the School of Politics and International Relations. He completed an undergraduate degree at the Australian National University with Majors in both Political Science and International Relations. At the end of his final year (2015), James was awarded First Class Honours, submitting a thesis entitled, Prime Ministerial Power and the Public: Howard and Abbott Compared.

PhD thesis

'Talking Politics': Party ethos, Rhetorical ploys, and the Big Ideas that Define Australian Federal Budget Speeches'

James' dissertation explores the rhetoric and speech styles (the ethos') of Australia's two major parties (the ALP and Lib-Nat Coalition) from paired leader speeches to the House of Representatives. To do so, the thesis focuses on a neglected area of real significance to shape of Australian politics: the first government speech to deliver, and the first (official) opposition speech responding to the introduction of Australia's annual federal budget. James' particular focus is on the different modes of deliberative rhetoric employed by different federal Treasurers and Opposition leaders at distinct moments in Australia political history. His case studies include the budget and budget reply speeches from the years 1986, 2007, 2009, and 2014.

Primary Supervisor

Prof. John Uhr

Research roles

ANU, 2018-present
Undertaking research with John Uhr for a book to be completed post-PhD

ANU, 2017-Feb 2019
Research assistant and Course administrator to Professor John Uhr

ANU, 2017; 2018
Research assistant to Dr Marija Taflaga

ANU, 2017
Research assistant to Dr Maria Maley

  • Australian politics

  • Persuasion and rhetoric

  • Democratic theory

  • Parliaments

  • Philosophy of Social Science

  • US and UK politics

  • Party Competition

Conference papers

Frost, James (2018), Demagogues’ or ‘Deliberators’? Contemporary Australian Minor Party Leaders and the Language of ‘Populism’, presentation at the Australian and New Zealand Studies Association of North America (ANZSANA) Conference, Austin, Texas, February 2019.

Frost, James and Uhr, John (2017), ‘Questions Without Notice in the Australian Senate and House of Representatives: Deliberation in the two Chambers Compared’, presentation at the Australian Political Science Association 2017 Conference, Melbourne, VIC, Sept 2017.

Book reviews

Frost, James (2016), 'Generation Less: How Australia is Cheating the Young' [Book Review], Communications, Politics and Culture Journal, vol. 49. no. 1

Miller, Harrison and James Frost 2016, 'Machine Rules: A Political Primer' [Book Review], Journal of Australian Studies, vol. 40. no. 3, 377-378.

Blog posts

Frost, James 2016, 'What's Their Story?: Budget 2016 and the Election Campaign', Pop Politics Australia, 16 May 2016.

Miller, Harrison and Frost, James. (2016) 'PM's Record Eight Week Campaign: A Historical Perspective', Woroni 71.7: 14-15.

Frost, James. (2016) ‘Will Trump be the Death of America?’, Woroni 69.8.


Frost, James. (2015) ‘Prime Ministerial Power and the Public: Howard and Abbott Compared’, Bachelor of Arts (Hons), Australian National University.

Principles of Tutoring and Demonstrating Certificate (2017)

Australian Postgraduate Award (2016)

First Class Honours (2015)

Golden Key Society Member (2015)

Tutor for POLS1002 – Introduction to Politics (undergraduate level course), 2017, 2018, 2019

Head Tutor for POGO8012 – Governance and Institutions (Masters level course), 2017

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