Teaching and Research Staff

Dr Holly Randell-Moon

PhD (Macquarie)

Senior Lecturer in Indigenous Australian Studies
Building 902, Room 208

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.

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.

Areas of possible supervision include:

  • Indigenous media studies; critical race and whiteness studies; interactive media and new communications technologies; gender and sexuality studies; critical and cultural theory.
  • News media and racial stereotyping.
  • Theories of the state, citizenship, and Indigenous sovereignty.
  • Cultural geography, creative cities, and digital infrastructure.
  • Television and popular culture.
  • Education policy and the knowledge economy.
  • Political communication and cultural policy, in particular, neoliberalism, immigration, and multiculturalism.
  • 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

Edited Books

  • 2016 Security, Race, Biopower: Essays on Technology and Corporeality. London: Palgrave Macmillan. (co-edited with Ryan Tippet)

Book Chapters

  • 2016 Body, crown, territory: geocorpographies of the British Monarchy and white settler sovereignty. In H. Randell-Moon & R. Tippet (Eds.), Security, Race, Biopower: Essays on Technology and Corporeality (pp. 41-59). London: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • 2015 Australian Secularism, Whiteness and the British Monarchy. In T. Stanley (Ed.), Religion after Secularization in Australia (pp. 75-89). New York: Palgrave Macmillan. (Invited chapter)
  • 2011 Social Security with a Christian Twist in John Howard’s Australia. In M. Bailey & G. Redden (Eds.), Mediating Faiths: Religion and Socio-Cultural Change in the Twenty-First Century (pp. 203-215). Surrey: Ashgate. (Invited chapter)
  • 2008 Being a Nerd and Negotiating Intelligence in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In L. Holderman (Ed.), Common Sense: Intelligence as Presented on Popular Television (pp. 173-186). Plymouth: Lexington Books.
  • 2008 Section 116: The Politics of Secularism in Australian Legal and Political Discourse. In A. Imtoual & B. Spalek (Eds.), Religion, Spirituality and the Social Sciences: Challenging Marginalisation (pp. 51-62). Bristol: University of Bristol, Policy Press.
  • 2016 Introduction. In H. Randell-Moon & R. Tippet (Eds.), Security, Race, Biopower: Essays on Technology and Corporeality (pp. v-xxviii). London:Palgrave Macmillan. (co-author Ryan Tippet)
  • 2013 Sucking the life out of academic freedom: competition, contagion and complicity in contemporary universities. In A. Whelan, C. Moore & R. Walker (Eds.), Zombies in the Academy: Living Death in Higher Education (pp. 54-65). Bristol: Intellect Press. (co-authors Wendy Sutherland-Smith and Sue Saltmarsh)
  • 2013 The Man From ISIS: Archer and the animated aesthetics of adult cartoons. In J. Jacobs & S. Peacock (Eds.), Television Aesthetics and Style (pp. 135-143). New York: Bloomsbury. (co-author Arthur J. Randell)
  • in press Stereotype Threat. International Encyclopedia of Media Literacy Education. Wiley Blackwell.
  • in press Celebrity Culture. International Encyclopedia of Media Literacy Education. Wiley Blackwell.

Journal Articles

  • 2017 Thieves like us: The British Monarchy, Celebrity and Settler Colonialism. Celebrity Studies, 8(3), 393-408.
  • 2017 “Act Normal, Bitch”: Girlhood as Gothic Horror in Pretty Little Liars. Aeternum: The Journal of Contemporary Gothic Studies, 4(1), 44-56.
  • 2017 The happy housewife and the mortal economies of domestic labour in Desperate Housewives. The Australasian Journal of Popular Culture, 6(2), 167-178.
  • 2014 “God hates fangs”: Gay rights as transmedia story in True Blood. Refractory, 24.
  • 2013 The secular contract: sovereignty, secularism and law in Australia. Social Semiotics, 23(5), 352-367.
  • 2012 “I’m nobody”: the somatechnical construction of bodies and identity in Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse. Feminist Media Studies, 12(2), 265-280.
  • 2009 Tolerating religious “others”: some thoughts on secular neutrality and religious tolerance in Australia. Australian Religion Studies Review, 22(3), 324-344. (Invited paper)
  • 2007 The Death of the Housewife in Desperate Housewives. Topic: The Washington & Jefferson College Review, 55, 115-126.
  • 2007 Secularism, Feminism and Race in Representations of Australianness. Transforming Cultures eJournal, 2(1), 16-34.
  • 2006 “Common values”: Whiteness, Christianity, asylum seekers and the Howard Government. Critical Race and Whiteness Studies, 2(1), 1-14.
  • 2006 Creating Pope John Paul II: Religion, the “War on Terror” and the Politics of Discourses of Howardage. borderlands e-journal, 5(3).
  • Reprinted in CUL201: Australian Cultural Studies, Course Reader. Macquarie University, Semester 1, 2008.
  • 2015 Managing the risky humanity of academic workers: Risk and reciprocity in university work-life balance policies. Policy Futures in Education,13(5), 662-682. (co-author Sue Saltmarsh)
  • 2014 Work, Life, and Im/balance: Policies, Practices and Performativities of Academic Well-being. Somatechnics, 4(2), 236-252. (co-author Sue Saltmarsh)
  • 2014 Students in Space: student practices in non-traditional classrooms. Global Studies of Childhood, 4(1), 39-48. (co-authors Amy Chapman, Matthew Campbell, and Christopher Drew)
  • 2011 “Inspired and assisted”, or “berated and destroyed”? Research leadership, management and performativity in troubled times. Ethics and Education, 6(3), 293-306. (co-authors Sue Saltmarsh and Wendy Sutherland-Smith)
  • 2011 Best foot forward, watching your step, jumping in with both feet, or sticking your foot in it? The politics of researching academic viewpoints. Qualitative Research Journal, 11(2), 17-30. (co-authors Sue Saltmarsh and Wendy Sutherland-Smith)
  • 2011 Journal editing and ethical research practice: perspectives of journal editors. Ethics and Education, 6(3), 225-238. (co-authors Nicole Anderson, Tracey Bretag, Anthony Burke, Sue Grieshaber, Anthony Lambert, David Saltmarsh, and Nicola Yelland)
  • in press The Politics of Gamification: Education, Neoliberalism and the Knowledge Economy. Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies. (co-author Rowan Tulloch).

Refereed Conference Publications

  • 2011 Research Mentoring on the Edge: Early Career Researchers and Academic fringe-dwelling, Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) – “Higher Education on the Edge”, 4-7 July, Gold Coast, Queensland, Refereed Conferencing Proceedings. (co-authors Wendy Sutherland-Smith and Sue Saltmarsh)


  • 2016 The Catastrophe of Images, Review of Allen Meek’s Biopolitical Media: Catastrophe, Immunity and Bare Life. Cultural Studies Review, 20(2), 165-170. (Invited review)
  • 2011 Out of Time: The Limits of Secular Critique, Review of Talal Asad, Wendy Brown, Judith Butler, Saba Mahmood, Is Critique Secular? Blasphemy, Injury, and Free Speech, and Michael Warner, Jonathan Vanantwerpen and Craig Calhoun (eds), Varieties of Secularism in a Secular Age. Cultural Studies Review, 17(1), 403-409.
  • Review used by Harvard University Press to publicise book.
  • 2009 How to disassemble a Christian-capitalist machine …, Review of William Connolly’s Capitalism and Christianity, American Style. Cultural Studies Review, 15(2), 209-213. (Invited review)
  • Review used by Duke University Press to publicise book.
  • in press Review of Rachel E. Dubrofsky and Shoshana Amielle Magnet (eds), Feminist Surveillance Studies. Australian Feminist Studies.

Editorial Introductions and Editorships

  • 2017 Revisiting Audiences: Reception, Identity, Technology. Working Paper Series, 3. (co-editor Kevin Fletcher)
  • 2015 General Issue. Critical Race and Whiteness Studies, 11(1).
  • 2014 White rationalities in postracial times. Critical Race and Whiteness Studies, 10(2), 1-14. [10th anniversary special issue]
  • 2013 General Issue. Critical Race and Whiteness Studies, 9(2).
  • 2012 Racial Legitimations and the Unbearable Whiteness of Being. Critical Race and Whiteness Studies, 8(1), 1-4.
  • 2011 Post-Racial States. Critical Race and Whiteness Studies, 7(1), 1-14.
  • 2010 Marking Race and Whiteness in its Diverse Locations. Critical Race and Whiteness Studies, 6(1), 1-4.
  • 2014 Intermediations. Refractory, 24. (co-editor Kevin Fisher)
  • 2012 Imaging Religion and Spirituality: An Introduction. Studies in Australasian Cinema, 6(1), 3-10. (co-editor Anthony Lambert)
  • 2012 Introducing Discomforts. Cultural Studies Review, 18(2), 3-15. (co-editor Sophie Sunderland)
  • in press Sovereignty and Migration in a Carceral Age. Sites: A Journal of Social
  • Anthropology and Cultural Studies. (co-editors Jade Aikman and Bell Murphy)

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