Blair Williams has recently finished her PhD at the Australian National University. Her doctoral thesis focused 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, and had the exciting opportunity to present these findings in a TEDx Talk. As part of this project, she had the exciting opportunity to interview both the Hon. Julia Gillard and the Hon. Helen Clark. She has published in the Australian Journal of Political Scienceand Feminist Media Studies, has co-authored a chapter in the 16th edited collection of Australian election studies and has multiple entries in the International Encyclopedia of Gender, Media, and Communication.
Since May 2019, she is the regular federal political correspondent for Radio Adelaide. She also currently sits on the Executive Board of the IPSA Research Committee on Gender Politics and Policy (RC19) and is the Social Media Coordinator for both RC19 and the APSA Women’s Caucus.
Additional research interests include: feminist theory, Australian politics, women politicians, media analysis, post-structuralism, critical theory, queer theory, LGBTQIA+ rights and refugee politics
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.
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.
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.