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Dr Mat Hardy



Honorary Fellow


Faculty of Arts and Education


School of Hum & Social Science


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Doctor of Philosophy, Monash University, 2014
Master of International Relations, Macquarie University, 2007
Bachelor of Arts, Charles Sturt University, 1991

+61 3 522 72784

Research interests

  • Use of Orientalism in depcition of Eastern cultures in Fantasy worlds
  • Game of Thrones
  • Transition of power in Libya
  • Armed intervention in the Middle East
  • Peacekeeping and use of force
  • Media depiction of the Middle East and violence
  • Deployment of e-learning and collaborative online tools in Political Science studies


Australian Institute of International Affairs

Open & Distance Learning Association of Australia (ODLAA)
Australia Middle East Research Forum (AMERF)

Teaching interests

* AIE 153 - Introduction to the Middle East (T1)
* AIE 154 - The Modern Middle East (T2)
* AIE 255 - Issues in Middle East Politics (T1)
* AIE 364 - The Arab - Israeli Conflict (T2)

* AIE365 Middle East Study Tour (T3)

Knowledge areas

Middle East Politics

Orientalism in Fantasy worlds, (including Game of Thrones)



Media depiction of the Middle East

Collaborative online learning


*2014: Vice Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence

* 2011: Vice Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence.

* 2011: Faculty of Arts & Ed. Pro Vice Chancellor's Award For
Excellence in Teaching.

* Vice Chancellors Award for Academic Excellence (Postgraduate
coursework), Macquarie University 2007.


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Taking a pass on assessment grades for a career focused tour of the Middle East

Mat Hardy, Sally Totman Marshall

(2021), Vol. 33, pp. 148-167, Frontiers: the interdisciplinary journal of study abroad, Carlisle, Pa., C1

journal article

Teaching about terrorism through simulations

Matthew Hardy, Sally Totman Marshall

(2020), pp. 234-256, Teaching, learning, and leading with computer simulations, Hershey, Pa., B1

book chapter

'I said no camels!': Indiana Jones and the Catalogue of Orientalism

Matthew Hardy

(2020), pp. 64-75, Excavating Indiana Jones : essays on the films and franchise, Jefferson, N.C., B1

book chapter

Mapping Future Career Paths through a Middle East Study Tour

Matthew Hardy, Sally Totman Marshall

(2020), pp. 123-138, Classroom on the road : designing, teaching, and theorizing out-of-the-box faculty-led student travel, Lanham, Md., B1

book chapter

The East is least: the stereotypical imagining of Essos in Game of Thrones

M Hardy

(2019), Vol. 49, pp. 26-45, Canadian review of American studies, Toronto, Ont., C1-1

journal article

Godless savages and lockstep legions: Examining military Orientalism in Game of Thrones

Mat Hardy

(2019), Vol. 4, pp. 192-212, Journal of Asia-Pacific Pop Culture, University Park, Pa., C1

journal article

The crack of dorne

M Hardy

(2018), pp. 16-27, Vying for the iron throne: essays on power, gender, death and performance in HBO's Game of thrones, Jefferson, N.C., B1

book chapter

The shields that guard the realms of men: heraldry in game of thrones

M Hardy

(2018), Vol. 2, pp. 1-15, Genealogy, Basel, Switzerland, C1-1

journal article

The eastern question

M Hardy

(2017), pp. 97-110, Game of Thrones versus history : written in blood, Chichester, Eng., B1

book chapter

Teaching an old game new tricks : long-term feedback on a re-designed online role play

M Hardy, S Totman

(2017), Vol. 48, pp. 1260-1272, British journal of educational technology, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal article

The long game: Five years of simulating the Middle East

M Hardy, S Totman

(2017), Vol. 33, pp. 38-52, Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, C1

journal article

Modelling online innovation among IR and politics lecturers

M Hardy

(2017), Vol. 13, pp. 464-482, Journal of political science education, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1

journal article

The presidential persona paradox of Barack Obama : man of peace or war president?

S Totman Marshall, M Hardy

(2016), Vol. 2, pp. 80-89, Persona studies, Burwood, Vic., C1

journal article

Game of Tropes: the Orientalist tradition in the Works of G.R.R. Martin

M Hardy

(2015), Vol. 08, pp. 409-420, International journal of arts & sciences, Cumberland, RI., C1

journal article

When good dictators go bad: examining the 'transformation' of Colonel Gaddafi

S Totman, M Hardy

(2015), Vol. 10, pp. 1-6, International journal of interdisciplinary global studies, Champaign, Il., C1

journal article

The charismatic persona of Colonel Qaddafi

S Totman, M Hardy

(2014), Vol. 17, pp. 1-1, M/C journal : a journal of media and culture, Brisbane, Qld., C1

journal article

Using an online simulation to address equity issues for off-campus students

M Hardy, S Totman

(2013), pp. 139-153, Outlooks and opportunities in blended and distance learning, Hershey, Pennsylvania, B1

book chapter

From dictatorship to democracy : simulating the politics of the middle east

M Hardy, S Totman

(2012), pp. 189-206, Simulation, games and role play in university education, Faringdon, England, B1

book chapter

Should we teach an old game new tricks?

M Hardy, S Totman

(2011), pp. 562-570, ascilite 2011 : Changing demands, changing directions : Proceedings of the Australian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education Conference, Hobart, Tas., E1


In the green zone : 40 years with Colonel Qaddafi

S Totman, M Hardy

(2009), pp. 1-19, APSA 2009 : proceedings of the APSA annual conference 2009, Sydney, N.S.W., E1


The rise and decline of Libya as a rogue state

S Totman, M Hardy

(2008), pp. 1-25, OCIS 2008 : Oceanic Conference on International Studies, Brisbane, Qld., E1


UN-consistent : a comparison of Australia's military interventions in Somalia and Rwanda

M Hardy

(2007), Vol. 18, pp. 467-491, Small wars and insurgencies, London, England, C1-1

journal article

Wiki goes to war

M Hardy

(2007), Vol. 79, pp. 17-22, AQ : Australian quarterly, Sydney, N.S.W., C1-1

journal article

Wiki goes to war : collaborative journalism and crisis in the Middle East

M Hardy

(2006), Proceedings from The Journalist and Islam : Competing agendas, political correctness and the war on terror conference 2006, Sydney, New South Wales, E1-1


Funded Projects at Deakin

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