John Hartley (academic)

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John Hartley is a John Curtin Distinguished Professor of Cultural Science at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia, and director of Curtin's Centre for Culture and Technology. 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.

Originally from London, John Hartley completed a BA (Hons) at the University of Wales (Cardiff) in 1972 and published his first book, Reading Television, in 1978. The best-selling book, co-authored with John Fiske, was the first to analyse television from a cultural perspective, and is considered a defining publication in the field. This work also established Hartley as a pioneer and international leader in contemporary television and cultural studies.

He has published twenty books in media, journalism, cultural studies and the creative industries including: The Uses of Digital Literacy, (QUP, 2009) Story Circle: Digital Storytelling Around the World, ( Blackwell, 2009) Television Truths (Blackwell, 2008); Creative Industries. Malden, MA and Oxford ( Blackwell, 2005); Reading Television: 25th Anniversary Edition (Routledge 2003); A Short History of Cultural Studies (Sage Publications, 2003); Communication, Media and Cultural Studies: The Key Concepts (Routledge, 2002); The Indigenous Public Sphere: the reporting and reception of Aboriginal issues in the Australian media (with Alan McKee, Oxford University Press, 2000); American Cultural Studies: A Reader (Oxford University Press, 2000); Uses of Television (Routledge, 1999); Popular Reality: Journalism, Modernity, Popular Culture (Arnold, 1996); Telling Both Stories: Indigenous Australians and the Media. (Arts Enterprise, ECU 1996); The Politics of Pictures: The Creation of the Public in the Age of Popular Media (Routledge, 1992); Tele-ology. Studies in Television (Routledge, 1992); Making Sense of the Media (with others, Comedia 1985); Key Concepts in Communication and Cultural Studies (Routledge, 1983); Understanding News (Methuen, 1982); Reading Television (Methuen, 1978). Hartley's works have been translated into Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Malaysian, Danish, Greek, Romanian, Croatian, Slovenian and Spanish, 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 (FAHA) 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).

Sources: QUT webpages and "Who's Who" Australian edition (2007)

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