Dr Blair Williams

BA Hons (1st), PhD
Associate Lecturer

Areas of expertise

  • Australian Government And Politics 160601
  • Gender Specific Studies 169901
  • Race And Ethnic Relations 160803
  • Media Studies 200104
  • Culture, Gender, Sexuality 200205

Research interests

Additional research interests include: feminist theory, Australian politics, women politicians, media analysis, post-structuralism, critical theory, queer theory, LGBTQIA+ rights and refugee politics.


I am an Associate Lecturer with the School of Politics and School of Politics and International Relations (SPIR) at the Australian National University (ANU).

I have recently finished my PhD under the supervision of Emeritus Professor Marian Sawer at the ANU. My doctoral thesis focused on the gendered print mediation of women prime ministers from English-speaking Westminster democracies, in particular Julia Gillard, Margaret Thatcher, Theresa May, Jenny Shipley, and Helen Clark. As part of this project, I’ve had the exciting opportunity to interview both the Hon. Julia Gillard and the RT Hon. Helen Clark.

Since May 2019, I am the regular federal political correspondent for Radio Adelaide. I also currently sit on the Executive Board of the International Political Science Association (IPSA) Research Committee on Gender Politics and Policy (RC 19) and am the Social Media Coordinator for both RC19 and the Australian Political Studies Association (APSA) Women’s Caucus.

My research and activism has garnered mainstream media attention, frequently appearing on radio, television and in newspapers.


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