John Hartley (academic)

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John Hartley
Born 1948
Alma mater University of Wales
Main interests Cultural science, media studies
Major works Reading Television
Notable awards John Curtin Distinguished Professor

John Hartley AM, FAHA, FRSA, ICA Fellow, (born 1948[1]) is an academic who is as of 2014 Professor of Cultural Science and Director of the Centre for Culture and Technology at the Curtin University in Western Australia and Professor of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies at Cardiff University.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Hartley was born in London, England. He attended Sir Roger Manwood's School, and completed a BA (Hons) at the University of Wales (Cardiff)[1] in 1972[citation needed].

Academic life[edit]

He published his first book, Reading Television, in 1978. The best-selling[citation needed] book, co-authored with John Fiske, was the first to analyse television from a cultural perspective, and is considered[by whom?] a defining publication in the field.[citation needed] This work also established Hartley as a pioneer and international leader in contemporary television and cultural studies.[citation needed]

Hartley was an ARC Federation Fellow and a Distinguished Professor at the Queensland University of Technology, and Research Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Creative Industries and Innovation. He was Foundation Dean of the Creative Industries Faculty at QUT, and before that Head of the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies at Cardiff University in the UK. He has been visiting professor at Peking University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and New York University. In 2001 he was elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.[4]

He has published over twenty books in media, journalism, cultural studies and the creative industries.[2][5] Hartley's works have been translated into Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Malaysian, Danish, Greek, Romanian, Croatian, Slovenian and Spanish,[6] and have sold more than 100,000 copies in English.

Hartley holds a PhD in television studies from Murdoch University and, in 2000, earned his D. Litt (Doctor of Letters) from the University of Wales. He was Professor and the inaugural head of the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, and founding Director of the Tom Hopkinson Centre for Media Research at Cardiff University from 1996 to 2000. He has held academic positions at Murdoch University, the Polytechnic of Wales, and Edith Cowan University. He was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities in 2001. In 1998, Hartley founded the International Journal of Cultural Studies, published by Sage Publications Ltd in London.

Hartley is at the forefront of international research in the uses of media. He holds current project grants from ARC to the value of over $1.5m, working with partners in the museum, arts, youth and media sectors.

Hartley has made major research contributions to the study of popular culture and democratisation, media content analysis (contemporary and historical), media and citizenship, journalism and modernity, and methodological innovation (audience theory and textual analysis).

In December 2012 he was recognised for his academic contributions by being awarded the title of John Curtin Distinguished Professor.[7][8]

In 2014 the Queensland University of Technology announced the John Hartley Oxford Institute Summer Doctoral Programme Scholarship, to allow two students per year for the next five to six years to attend the Oxford Internet Institute's summer doctoral programme. The scholarship is funded in part by "a generous personal gift" from Hartley, matched by funds from QUT.[9]


Hartley was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2009, for "service to education as an academic and commentator in the areas of journalism, culture and media studies".[10][11]


  • Reading Television. Methuen. 1978. 
  • Understanding News. Methuen. 1982. 
  • Key Concepts in Communication and Cultural Studies. Routledge. 1983. 
  • Making Sense of the Media. Comedia. 1985.  (with others)
  • Tele-ology. Studies in Television. Routledge. 1992. 
  • The Politics of Pictures: The Creation of the Public in the Age of Popular Media. Routledge. 1992. 
  • Telling Both Stories: Indigenous Australians and the Media. Arts Enterprise, Edith Cowan University. 1996. 
  • Popular Reality: Journalism, Modernity, Popular Culture. Arnold. 1996. 
  • Uses of Television. Routledge. 1999. 
  • American Cultural Studies: A Reader. Oxford University Press. 2000. 
  • The Indigenous Public Sphere: the reporting and reception of Aboriginal issues in the Australian media. Oxford University Press. 2000.  (with Alan McKee)
  • Communication, Media and Cultural Studies: The Key Concepts. Routledge. 2002. 
  • Reading Television: 25th Anniversary Edition. Routledge. 2003. 
  • A Short History of Cultural Studies. Sage Publications. 2003. 
  • Creative Industries. Malden, MA and Oxford. Blackwell. 2005. 
  • Television Truths. Blackwell. 2008. 
  • The Uses of Digital Literacy. University of Queensland Press. 2009. 
  • Story Circle: Digital Storytelling Around the World. Blackwell. 2009. 


  1. ^ a b "Prof. John Arthur Edmund HARTLEY". Who's Who Australia. ConnectWeb, AAP Directories. Retrieved 2014-12-14. (registration required (help)). 
  2. ^ a b "Staff Profile". Curtin University. Retrieved 2014-12-12. 
  3. ^ "Professor John Hartley". Cardiff University. Retrieved 2014-12-14. 
  4. ^ "Hartley, John, AM FAHA". Australian Academy of the Humanities. Retrieved 2014-12-13. 
  5. ^ "Professor John Hartley". Cardiff University. Retrieved 2014-12-12. 
  6. ^ "Professor John Hartley, Publications". Cardiff University. Retrieved 2014-12-13. 
  7. ^ "Distinguished Professor appointment for John Hartley". Centre for Culture and Technology (Curtin University). Retrieved 2014-12-12. 
  8. ^ "Current ICA Fellows". International Communication Association. ICA. Retrieved 2014-12-13. 
  9. ^ "Scholarship support for digital media and communication research". Queensland University of Technology. 2014-10-03. Retrieved 2014-12-13. 
  10. ^ Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia, Office of the Official Secretary to the Governor-General, Commonwealth of Australia, p. 55, retrieved 2014-12-13 
  11. ^ "Professor John Hartley". ICA Brisbane. Retrieved 2014-12-13. 

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