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Editorial Team

marija.taflagaMarija Taflaga is a Lecturer in the School of Politics and International Relations at the Australian National University. Her primary research focus is Australian politics in comparative context, including political parties and parliament, the career paths political elites, and Australian political history. Marija has undertaken research fellowships at the Australian Parliamentary Library and the Australian Museum of Democracy, Old Parliament House. She has also worked in the Australian Parliamentary Press Gallery as a researcher at The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.



Blair Williams is a PhD Candidate at the School of Politics and International Relations at the Australian National University. Her thesis focuses on why women Prime Ministers experience gendered and misogynistic representations in the media and how the media in turn construct misogyny through discourse. Blair is currently the Social Media Coordinator for the Australian Political Studies Association (APSA) Women’s Caucus and the International Political Science Association (IPSA) Gender Politics and Policy Caucus (RC19).


Jordan McSwiney is a PhD candidate at the Department of Government and International Relations, University of Sydney. His research explores the way different far-right organisations in Australia interact and relate with each other, and how these organisations engage in electoral politics.




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