Blair Williams researches the gendered mediation of women in politics, particularly political leaders, to examine the role that the media play in the upholding of gender norms. She is particularly interested in examining the influence of the Murdoch press on the public representation of policitical women. Her research and activism have garnered maintstream media attention, frequently appearing on radio, television and in newspapers.
Since May 2019, she is the regular federal policitical correspondent for Radio Adelaide. Blair also currently sits on the Executive Board of the International Political Science Association (IPSA) Research Committee on Gender Politics and Policy (RC 19) and is the Social Media Coordinator for both RC 19 and the Australian Political Studies Association (APSA) Women's Caucus.
Feminist theory, Australian politics, women politicians, media analysis, post-structuralism, critical theory, queer theory, LGBTQIA+ rights and refugee politics.
Williams, Blair. 2020. 'It's a Man's World at the Top: Gendered Media Representations of Julia Gillard and Helen Clark'. Feminist Media Studies.
Johnson, Carol and Blair Williams. 2020. 'Gender and Political Leadership in a Time of COVID'. Politics & Gender.
Williams, Blair. 2020. 'A Tale of Two Women: A comparative media analysis of UK Prime Ministers Margaret Thatcher and Theresa May'. Parliamentary Affairs 0: 1-23.
Williams, Blair. 2017. 'A Gendered Media Analysis of the Prime Ministerial Ascension of Gillard and Turnbull: He's "taken back the reins" and she's "a backstabbing" murderer'. Australian Journal of Political Science 52 (4): 550-564.
Williams, Blair. Forthcoming. 'The Murdoch Presses: Representation of Masculinity and Femininity in Leadership'. In Gender and Australian Political Leadership, edited by Zareh Ghazarian and katrina Lee-Koo. sydney: New South.
Williams, Blair and Marian Sawer. 2018. 'Rainbow Labor and Purple Policy Launch: Gender and Sexuality Issues'. In Double Disillusion: The 2016 Australian Federal Election, edited by Anika Gauja, et al. ANU press.
Williams, Blair. Forthcoming. 'Margaret Thatcher'. In the International Encyclopedia of Gender, Media and Communication, edited by Karen Ross. Wiley.
Williams, Blair. Forthcoming. 'Helen Clark'. In The International Encyclopedia of Gender, Media and Communications, edited by Karen Ross. Wiley.
Williams, Blair. 2020. 'Book Review: Choice Words: A Collection of Writing About Abortion'. Queensland Review 27 (2): 206-208.
Williams, Blair. 2018. 'Book Review: Gender, Politics, News: A Game of Three Sides'. Feminist Media Studies 18 (2): 333-334.
Williams, Blair 'Where are all the Great Women politicians" A gendered analysis of Australian politicial biographies.' Under Review.
Gender Institute PhD Thesis Prize ($1,000), The Australian National University. 2020.
Business and Professional Women Prize, most outstnading student in H