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Kerry McCallum is Director of the News & Media Research Centre. Her research in Political Communication specialises in the relationships between changing media and Australian social policy. Kerry has a strong record of grants management, publication and research translation. She is the co-author of 'The Dynamics of News and Indigenous Policy in Australia' (Intellect, 2017), and is currently lead investigator on the ARC-funded project 'Breaking Silences: Media and the Child Abuse Royal Commission'. Kerry is actively involved in the field of Communication and Media Studies in Australia and internationally; she is former President of the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA) and Member of the Australian Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS). As an experienced academic leader Kerry has implemented and administered complex change management processes at the faculty, university and national levels. From 2017-19 she was UC's Academic Director (Dean) of Graduate Reserach, and member of the Australian Council of Graduate Research. This trajectory is supported and grounded by nearly a decade of previous professional experience working in federal parliament in political and media advisory roles. 

Student Projects Available

Political Communication; Communication of Inquiry; Indigenous Media Studies; Mediatization; Political Participation; Media and Public Opinion

Education/Academic qualification


… → 5 Dec 2005


… → 1988

External positions

Member, Australian Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies


President, Australian and New Zealand Communication Association

1 Sep 201031 Aug 2011

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Breaking silences: Media and the Child Abuse Royal Commission

Mccallum, K., Dreher, T., Hess, K., Skogerbø, E., Waller, L. & Deas, M.


Project: Other

Collaborative Evaluation, Research And Planning Panel 2015

Brown, L., Burroughs, S., Caffery, J., Davey, R., Davis, J., Evans, M., Georges, A., Jorgensen, R., Mccallum, K., OBRIEN, P., OBRIEN, P., Tanton, R., TAYLOR, A. & Upton, P.


Project: Other

Deficit Discourse and Indigenous Education-via ANU

Mccallum, K., Fforde, C., Fogarty, W., Gorringe, S., Sullivan, P. & Waller, L.

Australian Research Council


Project: Other

Conversations about Alcohol and Pregnancy

Holland, K., BLOOD, W., BLOOD, W., Mccallum, K. & McCallum, H.

Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education


Project: Other

Research Output

Analysing the Digital News Network in Action: IndigenousX, The Guardian and the Wakul App

Nolan, D., Waller, L., Lattimore, J., Simons, M. & Mccallum, K., 2020, Questioning Indigenous-Settler Relations: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Maddison, S. & Nakata, S. (eds.). Singapore: Springer, p. 69-86 18 p. (International-Settler Relations in Australia and the World).

Research output: A Conference proceeding or a Chapter in BookChapter

  • Beyond deficit discourse: reframing debate in Indigenous education

    MCCALLUM, K., Waller, L. & Dreher, T., 2019, Digitizing Democracy. Schapals, A., Bruns, A. & McNair, B. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. 147-162 15 p. (Routledge Studies in Media, Communication and Politics).

    Research output: A Conference proceeding or a Chapter in BookChapter

  • Media hierarchies of attention: News values and Australia’s Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

    Waller, L., Dreher, T., Hess, K., MCCALLUM, K. & Skogerbø, E., 24 Jun 2019, In : Journalism Studies. p. 1-17 17 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Bypassing the press gallery: from Howard to Hanson

    FISHER, C., MCCALLUM, K. & MARSHALL, D., May 2018, In : Media International Australia. 167, 1, p. 57-70 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    How television moved a nation: media, change and Indigenous rights

    WALLER, L. & MCCALLUM, K., 1 Oct 2018, In : Media, Culture and Society. 40, 7, p. 992-1007 16 p., 3.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
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    Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Conference

    Kerry MCCALLUM (Participant)
    Jul 2010

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganising a conference, workshop, ...