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Dr Kristina Gottschall is a lecturer in Indigenous Studies for the School of Indigenous Australian Studies, joining the School in 2014.  Kristina researches across the areas of popular and public pedagogies, popular film culture, post-structural theories, social semiotics, subjectivities, gender, Indigeneity and discourses about youth-hood.

Kristina's doctoral study acknowledged popular film as pedagogy geared towards the formation of gendered and age-based subjects. Mobilising feminist, post-structuralist and cultural theory, a whole host of Australian films and film culture were analysed. Key concepts in terms of potential 'learning' about the mediated  youth subject were considered, including the 'larrikin' and youthful masculinities, Aussie actor Ben Mendelsohn, the 'psycho-sexual' girl coming-of-age, the 'bad' girl subject, and 'old' versus 'young' tropes.

In 2009, Kristina was the recipient of the The Mitchell Foundation Doctoral Student Award which enabled her to travel to the UK to present at the Gender & Education Conference at the University of London and London Centre for the Study of Children, Youth & Media, London Knowledge Lab.

Kristina has also worked on ARC Linkages relating to rural teaching, media literacies and young people and subjectivities.

Kristina is the current reviews editor of the journal Global Studies in Childhood, and has just concluded an Associate Editor internship with Critical Studies in Education. In the past, Kristina was the Post-Graduate Representative, the Early Career Researcher Representative and the Gender, Sexualities and Culture Studies SiG leaders for the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE), and the Australian-New Zealand representative for the Association for Cultural Studies (ACS) Executive Board.

Recently the PhD project entitled: "Living the Label: Youth work, young people, being 'at-risk' and rural community-based projects", which Kristina was co-supervising, passed and her PhD student graduated with the Faculty Award. Kristina has also had experience with supervising and marking Honours and Masters theses. She welcomes students to make contact with her about their potential PhD projects and ideas with the view to her supervision.

Kristina has been awarded a Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Studies and a Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, and has been a teacher educator over the last 7 years at both Charles Sturt University and the Australian Catholic University in areas which have included cultural & educational sociology, education research/methodologies and Indigenous studies.

In 2015, Kristina was awarded a Teaching Excellence Award, with her colleagues in SIAS by the Faculty of Education, CSU.

Kristina is also mad for a good binge-worthy TV series, playing the ukulele, fancy dress parties, cuddling her hyper Jack Russell and Foxie-X dogs, and road-tripping with her partner.

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Research Output 2005 2018

Co-optation of diversity in nationalist advertising: A case study of an Australian advertisement

Drew, C. & Gottschall, K., 03 Jul 2018, In : Continuum. 32, 5, p. 1-13 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

cultural studies
discourse analysis

‘At-Risk’ youth sport programmes: Another way of regulating boys?

Hutchesson, R., Dionigi, R. & Gottschall, K., 2018, Sport and Physical Activity Across the Lifespan: Critical Perspectives. Dionigi, R. A. & Gard, M. (eds.). 1st ed. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 155-173 19 p.

Research output: Book chapter/Published conference paperChapter (peer-reviewed)

youth sports
Social Marginalization
Social Alienation

Editorial: Social justice and race critical education research

Vass, G. & Gottschall, K., 2016, In : Critical Studies in Education. 15, 3, p. 411-419 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

remedial education
school readiness
vocational education
cultural difference

The joy of privilege: Elite private school online promotions and the promise of happiness

Drew, C., Gottschall, K., Wardman, N. & Saltmarsh, S., 2016, Elite schools: Multiple geographies of privilege. Koh, A. & Kenway, J. (eds.). 1st ed. United States: Routledge, p. 97-110 14 p. (Education in Global Context Ser.).

Research output: Book chapter/Published conference paperChapter (peer-reviewed)

8 Citations (Scopus)

'You're not just learning it you're living it!': Constructing the 'good life' in Australian university online promotional videos

Gottschall, K. & Saltmarsh, S., 2016, In : Discourse. 38, 5, p. 768-781 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Press / Media

Popular film as a teacher

Kristina Gottschall


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

First December graduations for CSU calendar

Kristina Gottschall, Clive Hamilton, Ian Goulter & Paola Castillo Bautista


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media