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Assoc Prof Kelly McWilliam

Assoc Prof Kelly McWilliam
Name Kelly McWilliam
Position Associate Professor (Communication and Media)
Section School of Humanities and Communication
Office A437
Location Springfield Campus
Phone +61 7 3470 4606
Extension 4606
Qualifications BA(Hons) Griffith , GCertArts Qld , PhD Qld
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Dr Kelly McWilliam is an Associate Professor in Communication and Media Studies and the Immediate Past President of the Cultural Studies Association of Australasia. Known for her research on contemporary screen media--particularly digital storytelling and co-creative media, and Australian and queer film--and its impacts, Kelly is the author or editor of four books and 30+ refereed publications. Her most recent books are Ana Kokkinos: An Oeuvre of Outsiders (Edinburgh University Press, 2019) and Australian Genre Film (with Mark David Ryan, Routledge, 2021). Kelly has also completed work on two ARC Linkage Projects worth more than $400,000; is a past member of the ARC Cultural Network; past winner of the USQ Research Excellence Award for Early Career Researchers; and a current ARC Assessor. She is currently the Strategic Alignment Director and an Academic Director/Team Leader for the School of Humanities and Communication and the Program Director of the Bachelor of General Studies.

Fields of Research (FoR)

  • Communication and Media Studies ( 200100 )
  • Cultural Studies ( 200200 )
  • Screen and Media Culture ( 200212 )
  • Cinema Studies ( 190201 )
  • Film, Television and Digital Media ( 190200 )
  • Culture, Gender, Sexuality ( 200205 )
  • ( 470200 )
  • ( 390406 )
  • ( 470100 )
  • ( 470214 )
  • ( 360501 )
  • ( 360500 )

Research interests
film and media; gender, sexuality, and media; Australian screen media and cultures; queer screen media and cultures; screen ethics and aesthetics; genre; popular culture

Professional memberships
Immediate Past President, Cultural Studies Association of Australasia (
Member, Screen Studies Association of Australia and New Zealand
Member, Society of Cinema and Media Studies
Former Member, ARC Cultural Research Network (

USQ Research affiliations

  • Institute for Resilient Regions (IRR)
  • Centre for Heritage and Culture (CHC)

Currently teaching courses/programs
CMS1010 Introduction to Communication Studies
CMS1012 Introduction to Media Studies
CMS2019 Global Hollywood
CMS3007 Reading World Cinema
CMS3013 New Media
CMS8006 OzFilm
MST1000 Understanding Media
MST2500 Reading Film
MST2550 Television and Streaming Platforms

Teaching experience(Tertiary)
10 Years

Administrative responsibilities
Strategic Alignment Director
Academic Team Leader/ENRICH Supervisor
Program Director, Bachelor of General Studies
USQ Ally

Research most recent
McWilliam, Kelly and Mark David Ryan, eds. Australian Genre Film. London: Routledge, 2021.

McWilliam, Kelly. Ana Kokkinos: An Oeuvre of Outsiders. Edinburgh University Press, 2019.

Hickey, Andrew, Kelly McWilliam, and Sally Hourigan. “Undergraduate Programs in Cultural Studies in Australia and New Zealand/Aotearoa: A Survey of the Field.” Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, 33.4 (2019): 405-422. [Q1]

Research most notable
2009-2012: ARC Linkage Project LP0884097 ““Promoting Youth Wellbeing through Participatory Digital Media”, Distinguished Professor Stuart Cunningham, Professor Robert King, Professor Judy Drennan, Dr Kelly McWilliam, Dr Jane Burns, and Carl Kuddell.

2007-2009: ARC Linkage Project LP0777006 “The Uses of Romance for New Demographics and Multimedia Platforms”, Distinguished Professor John Hartley, Dr Glen Thomas, Michelle Laforest, and Dr Kelly McWilliam.

Publications in ePrints

McWilliam, Kelly and Ryan, Mark David (2021) Australian genre film. Routledge Advances in Film Studies. Taylor & Francis (Routledge), New York; London. ISBN 978-1-138-60314-1

Ryan, Mark David and McWilliam, Kelly (2021) Australian genre film studies. In: Australian genre film. Routledge Advances in Film Studies. Taylor & Francis (Routledge), New York; London, pp. 1-25. ISBN 978-1-138-60314-1

McWilliam, Kelly (2021) Courting the romance film. In: Australian genre film. Routledge Advances in Film Studies. Taylor & Francis (Routledge), New York; London, pp. 138-152. ISBN 978-1-138-60314-1

McWilliam, Kelly (2021) ‘Growing up was never easy’: coming of age in the teen film. In: Australian genre film. Routledge Advances in Film Studies. Taylor & Francis (Routledge), New York; London, pp. 170-185. ISBN 978-1-138-60314-1

McWilliam, Kelly (2019) Ana Kokkinos: an oeuvre of outsiders. Visionaries: Thinking Through Female Filmmakers. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, United kingdom. ISBN 978-1-4744-4052-3

View full listing in ePrints

Approved research supervisor in the area of:

  • Screen and Media Culture ( 200212 )
  • Cinema Studies ( 190201 )
  • Culture, Gender, Sexuality ( 200205 )

Research topics