Dr Jo Coghlan

Senior Lecturer - Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education; School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

Jo Coghlan

Phone: +61 02 6773 1761

Email: jcoghla3@une.edu.au

Twitter: @CoghlanJo


Jo’s research examines the media and popular culture through a sociological and political lens to understand the hegemonic power of representations and framing. Drawing on theorists from Gramsci and Foucault to Entman and Chomsky, her research critically examines contemporary and historical news, film and television. Other research interests include representations of political fashion and social and political debates about death and euthanasia. This research compliments scholarly interest in a range of social policy issues, particularly regulatory social policy and its impact of human agency.

Jo has published various books on Indonesian and Australian politics and on the treatment of asylum seekers. She regularly publishes in On Line Opinion and The Conversation.


BA. Hons (UOW), PhD (UOW), GradCertAP (SCU)

Teaching Areas

  • Social Policy
  • Introduction to Sociology


Coghlan, J., Hawryluk, L. and Whitaker, L.,  (2016) ‘Six Feet Under: A Gothic Reading of Liminality, Death and Grief’. Aeternum: The Journal of Contemporary Gothic Studies 3(1): 16-32.

Coghlan, J. (2016) ‘Conceptualising (re)worked narratives of the American Family: From the American Dream to American Decay in ‘new’ television’. The Australasian Journal of Popular Culture, 5(1): 33-48.

Further Information

Honours and Postgraduate areas of interest include:

  • Popular Culture
  • Media Sociology
  • Political Sociology
  • Human Rights
  • Gender
  • Fashion