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Personal profile

Personal profile

Holly is a non-indigenous Senior Lecturer in Indigenous Australian Studies. Holly teaches and researches within the areas of Indigenous media studies, critical race and whiteness studies, communications and new media, feminist media studies, and education and the knowledge economy. Holly completed a doctoral thesis in Cultural Studies in the Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies at Macquarie University in 2009. Her doctoral thesis demonstrated how whiteness and Christianity framed Australian national identity in the public policy and rhetoric of the Howard government (1996-2006). The effect of this political and discursive framing was the legitimisation of Australia as a white possession and the negation of Indigenous sovereignty. Holly has taught at a number of universities in Australia including the University of Technology, Sydney, Macquarie University, and the Australian Catholic University.

Research Interests

Holly's area of research expertise is focused on representations of marginalised communities in news and other media, with a particular emphasis on Indigeneity, ethnicity, and religion. Her work shows how media affects the experience of ethnicity, religion, and sexuality for minority communities and contributes to misrepresentations and social inequality. Media can also play a socially transformative role through opportunities for self-representation and diversity of media participation. She has published research on the ways minority religious groups are affected by media and political debates about Indigenous sovereignty, citizenship, gender equality, and religious freedom. In herwork on secularism, law, and religion, she shows how the influence of Christianity on secular law has important implications for the marginalisation of Indigenous claims to sovereignty. Recognising secular law as religiously based reveals how Indigenous social justice claims are not negotiated through neutral institutional frameworks. She has also published work on pedagogy and higher education policies. Her recent research has examined the role of digital infrastructure in facilitating community expressions of belonging, Indigenist forms of digital practice, and the digital divide.

Professional Information

  • 2015- Australian and New Zealand Communication Association, Gender Studies (2015) and Cultural Politics Chair (2016-)
  • 2013- Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand – Religion (2013-) and Race and Whiteness Studies Chair (2017-)
  • 2012- Association for Cultural Studies
  • 2006- Cultural Studies Association of Australasia, Treasurer, Executive Member (2016-)
  • 2006- Australian Critical Race and Whiteness Studies Association

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Research Output

Open Access
  • 29 Downloads (Pure)

    Letter from the Guest Editors

    Randell-Moon, H. & Boyce, T. D., 2019, In : Journal of Asia-Pacific Pop Culture. 4, 2, p. 121-128 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

  • Stereotype threat

    Randell-Moon, H., Jun 2019, The international encyclopedia of media literacy education. Hobbs, R. & Mihailidis, P. (eds.). 1st ed. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell, Vol. 1. p. 1424-1432 9 p.

    Research output: Book chapter/Published conference paperEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary

  • The Right to Maim: Somatechnologies of violence, race, and disability

    Caluya, G., Goggin, G., Ihar, Z. D., Leff, J., Sharron, K., Sturgis, M. & Randell-Moon, H. (ed.), Dec 2019, In : Somatechnics. 9, 3, p. 376–400 30 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

  • The politics of gamification: Education, neoliberalism and the knowledge economy

    Tulloch, R. & Randell-Moon, H. E. K., 27 May 2018, In : Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies. 40, 3, p. 204-226 23 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 3 Citations (Scopus)


    • 2 Editorial responsibility

    Somatechnics (Journal)

    Holly Randell-Moon (Guest editor)

    Dec 2019

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial responsibility

    Journal of Asia-Pacific Pop Culture (Journal)

    Holly Randell-Moon (Guest editor) & Travis D. Boyce (Guest editor)

    18 Dec 2019

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial responsibility

    Press / Media

    White privilege and antiracism explored in webinar

    Holly Randell-Moon


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Press / Media

    CSU Dubbo | Be a busy body now that spring is here

    Holly Randell-Moon


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Press / Media

    CSU celebrates success, looks to future on 30th birthday

    Cathy Maginnis & Holly Randell-Moon


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Press / Media

    Uni hosting conference on barriers people face

    Holly Randell-Moon


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Press / Media

    Don't feel bad about binge watching

    Holly Randell-Moon


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Press / Media