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1993 …2024

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Tara Brabazon AM is the Dean of Graduate Studies and Professor of Cultural Studies at CDU.  She has worked in 10 universities in 4 countries and most of the states and territories of Australia.  She has held research professorships in media, creative media, communication and education and has fulfilled the roles of dean, head of school, head of department and institutional leadership in the RAE and REF. She is the author of 20 books and over 250 refereed articles and book chapters, and is a columnist for the Times Higher Education. Her best known books include 12 Rules for (Academic) Life, the Digital Hemlock trilogy (Digital HemlockThe University of Google and Digital Dieting), Enabling UniversityThinking Popular CultureUnique UrbanityTrump Studies and The Creative PhD.

Tara has won six teaching awards, including the National Teaching Award for the Humanities, along with other awards for disability education, cultural studies and doctoral supervision. In recognition of community engagement, Tara was a finalist for Australian of the Year and Telstra Businesswoman of the Year in 2005. An awarded speaker, she had delivered hundreds of speeches around the world to business leaders, professional organizations and community groups. She was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2019.

Her research interests include city imaging, creative industries, cultural studies, sonic media, physical cultural studies, digitization and higher education studies. She is committed to ensuring that CDU is an enabling university, aligning excellence with social justice in the higher degree programme.  Tara is an expert in - and active user of - social media. Please refer to her podcasts ( and YouTube Channel (


  • Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours in History (University of Western Australia) 1990
  • Bachelor of Literature and Communication (Murdoch University) 1990
  • Bachelor of Education with Distinction (Central Queensland University) 1998
  • Graduate Diploma of Internet Studies with Distinction (Curtin University) 2001
  • Le Cordon Bleu Graduate Diploma in Gastronomic Tourism (Southern Cross University) 2016
  • Master of Arts by Research in History with Distinction (University of Western Australia) 1992
  • Master of Letters in Cultural Studies (Central Queensland University) 1995
  • Master of Education with First Class Honours (University of New England) 2006
  • Master of Leadership (Deakin University) 2021
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Murdoch University) 1995

Tara welcomes approaches for PhD supervision, particularly with regard to the PhD by Prior Publication, artefact and exegeses thesis, and city imaging and popular cultural studies research.


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