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A/Prof. Sally Totman



Associate Professor of Middle East Studies


Faculty of Arts and Education


School of Hum & Social Science


Melbourne Burwood Campus



Sally joined Deakin in February 2007 having taught Middle East Politics, International Relations, and Australian Foreign Policy at Macquarie University for over 9 years. She is an expert on the history, politics and international relations of the Middle East and North Africa and provides analysis on a wide range of issues relating to the region for various radio and television programs.

Sally is Chair of the Faculty of Arts and Education Academic Progress and Integrity Committee and Chair of the Faculty of Arts and Education Student Conduct Committee.

Sally has held various leadership roles at Deakin including:

      - Deputy Head of School

      - Associate Head of School (Teaching Learning)

      - Convenor of International Relations and Middle East Studies

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Research interests

Depiction of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and its inhabitants in Hollywood Film

Political Leadership and Political Persona in the MENA

Teaching Political Science through online simulations


Middle East Studies Forum (co-founder)
Gulf/2000 Project, Columbia University
Australian Institute of International Affairs (AIIA)

Teaching interests

Middle East Studies: History, Politics and International Relations.

Units taught

Sally is Unit Chair for:

  • AIE153 - History of the Middle East (T1)
  • AIE254 - Understanding Middle East Politics (T2)
  • AIE255 - Critical Issues in Middle East Politics (T1)
  • AIE364 - The Arab-Israeli Conflict (T2)
  • AIE365 - Middle East Study Tour  (T3)
  • AAI018 - Academic Integrity (T1 T2 T3)

Middle East Major Sequence Information


2011 - Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence, Deakin University.

2006 - Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching for ‘Excellence in Teaching Evaluations’, The Division of Humanities, Macquarie University.

2006 - Highly Commended Award, Macquarie University Innovation Awards in the category of Innovation in Teaching and Learning for the Middle East Politics Simulations.


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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

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

Truth, trust, verification and validation in academic communication: the challenges of online/social media communication

P Marshall, Sally Totman Marshall

(2018), Vol. 9, pp. 1-12, Lonaka journal of teaching and learning, Gaborone, Botswana, C1

journal article

The emergence of the 'super-celebrity activist': George Clooney and Angelina Jolie

S Totman Marshall

(2017), pp. 21-31, Becoming brands: celebrity, activism and politics, Toronto, Ont., 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, Brisbane, Qld., C1

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

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

Real/reel politics and popular culture

S Totman Marshall, P Marshall

(2015), Vol. 6, pp. 603-606, Celebrity studies, London, Eng., 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


How Hollywood projects foreign policy

S Totman

(2009), New York, N. Y., A1


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 west and the rest

S Totman

(2008), pp. 19-38, Global crises and risks, South Melbourne, Vic., B1

book chapter

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


Funded Projects at Deakin

No Funded Projects at Deakin found


Associate Supervisor

Sayed Fadlullah Fadel

Thesis entitled: The Military and Egypt's Failed Democratisation: A Qualitative Content Analysis of Media Coverage

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Humanities and Social Sciences


Saleem F Gaithom Aljebori

Thesis entitled: The European Union's Foreign Policy towards Iraq during 2001-2009

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Humanities and Social Sciences