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Dr Maria Rae



Senior Lecturer


Faculty of Arts and Education


School of Hum & Social Science


Melbourne Burwood Campus

+61 3 924 43994


Maria is a Lecturer in Politics and Policy in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Her research interests include media and politics, political communication, the role of the media in transitional justice and the politics of human rights in the media.

Her doctoral thesis was on the role of the mainstream media in post-conflict societies and how victims and advocates use it as a democratic space to negotiate, challenge and resist discourses about a just future.

More recently, her work explores how marginalised communities use digital media to contest dominant narratives and make justice claims. Her methodological interests are in the ethics and practice of virtual ethnography.

She has previously worked as a journalist for News Corp and Fairfax newspapers.

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Research interests

Media and Politics

Transitional Justice

The Politics of Human Rights in the Media

Discourse Analysis

Political Communication


Member of the Australian Political Science Association

Member of Global Digital Publics Initiative research network

Units taught

Political Communication (AIP781)

Media and Politics: Campaign Strategies (AIP247)


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Bush Podpreneurs: How Rural Women Podcast Producers Are Building Digital and Social Connectivity

Maria Rae, Kirsten Diprose

(2024), pp. 1-20, Journal of Radio and Audio Media, Oxford, Eng., C1

journal article

Podcasts and political listening: sound, voice and intimacy in the Joe Rogan Experience

Maria Rae

(2023), pp. 1-13, Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Supporting Media Diversity: Nordic Lessons

Maria Rae, Ebony Bennett, Kristy Hess

(2023), Canberra, A.C.T., A6-1

research report/technical paper

Towards a More Diverse Media and Stronger Public Broadcasting

Ebony Bennett, Maria Rae

(2021), pp. 168-186, The Nordic Edge: Policy Possibilities for Australia, Melbourne, Vic., B1

book chapter

Hyperpartisan news: Rethinking the media for populist politics

M Rae

(2021), Vol. 23, pp. 1117-1132, New Media and Society, C1

journal article

Political philosophy and Australian far-right media: A critical discourse analysis of The Unshackled and XYZ

I Richards, M Rae, M Vergani, C Jones

(2021), Vol. 163, pp. 103-130, Thesis Eleven, C1

journal article

Trial by media: Why victims and activists seek a parallel justice forum for war crimes

Maria Rae

(2020), Vol. 16, pp. 359-374, Crime medis culture, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Indefinite stuckness: Listening in a time of hyper-incarceration and border entrapment

E Russell, M Rae

(2020), Vol. 22, pp. 281-301, Punishment and Society, C1

journal article

Earwitnessing detention: Carceral secrecy, affecting voices, and political listening in the messenger podcast

M Rae, E Russell, A Nethery

(2019), Vol. 13, pp. 1036-1055, International Journal of Communication, C1

journal article

Self-represented witnessing: the use of social media by asylum seekers in Australia's offshore immigration detention centres

M Rae, R Holman, A Nethery

(2018), Vol. 40, pp. 479-495, Media, Culture and Society, England, C1

journal article

Reducing gender wage inequality increases economic prosperity for all: insights from Australia

T Kennedy, M Rae, A Sheridan, A Valadkhani

(2017), Vol. 55, pp. 14-24, Economic analysis and policy, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

When reconciliation means reparations: Tasmania's compensation to the stolen generations

M Rae

(2015), Vol. 24, pp. 640-656, Griffith law review, Melbourne, Vic., C1-1

journal article

Funded Projects at Deakin

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Associate Supervisor

Benjamin Walters

Thesis entitled: Free Speech in the Modern World

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Humanities and Social Sciences


Praveena Rajkobal

Thesis entitled: The Sarvodaya Movement: Holistic Development and Risk Governance

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Humanities and Social Sciences