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Contact details +64 (09) 414 0800  ext. 43336

Associate Professor Joe Grixti

Associate Professor

School of English and Media Studies

Joe Grixti is Head of the School of English and Media Studies. Prior to joining Massey University in 1997, he held lecturing and administrative appointments at the Queensland University of Technology, the University of Malta, and the University of Bristol. He has been a Fellow of the Salzburg Seminar and a Visiting Fellow at the University of Warwick. His teaching and research interests are in media and cultural studies, with a particular focus on the impact of consumerism and globalisation on cultural value, identity and indigeneity.


Contact details

  • Ph: +64 6 356 9099, x 43336
    Location: 10, Colombo Village, Building 10
    Campus: Manawatu
  • Ph: +64 9 2136336
    Location: AT2.54, Atrium Building
    Campus: Albany


  • Doctor of Philosophy - Bristol University (1984)
  • Master of Arts - Oxford University (1978)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Joe's research interests are in media and cultural studies, with a particular focus on the impact of consumerism and globalisation on cultural value, identity and indigeneity. He is the author of Terrors of Uncertainty: The Cultural Contexts of Horror Fiction (reissued by Routledge in 2014), and of two field-based studies of young people’s interactions with local and global media in postcolonial contexts (Young People and the Broadcasting Media, and Broadcasting and the Young Adult Consumer). Other publications include journal articles and book chapters on popular fiction, cultural identity, children’s media consumption, indigenous media values, as well as on the intersections between elite and popular culture, particularly as reflected in film and TV adaptations of literary classics and in the appropriation of canonical works of art in commercial media. He has supervised projects on children’s literature, film adaptation, audience studies, youth media, fantasy, popular fiction, and the question of cultural value in the postmodern era.


21st Century Citizenship

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Communication and Media Studies (200100): Cultural Studies (200200): Languages, Communication And Culture (200000): Screen and Media Culture (200212)

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 1 2

Supervision and Teaching

Current Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

Co-supervisor of:

  • Kathryn McGuigan - Doctor of Philosophy
    The community pharmacy: A conflicted site of health care?

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • 2013 - Ann Lochead - Doctor of Philosophy
    Moral Uncertainty and Contemporary Children's Fantasy Fiction
  • 2009 - Leonard Sanders - Doctor of Philosophy
    Postmodern Orientalism: William Gibson, Cyberpunk and Japan

Co-supervisor of:

  • 2007 - Bronwyn Beatty - Doctor of Philosophy
    The currency of heroic fantasy : The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter from Ideology to Industry.
  • 2005 - Jane Cherrington - Doctor of Philosophy
    Blood Brothers and Southern Men: Engaging with Alcohol Advertising in Aotearoa.

Head of School

Associate Professor Jenny Lawn

Email: J.M.Lawn@massey.ac.nz
Tel: 09 213 6337

Administration staff

Joanne Ervine
Senior Administrator - Auckland
Email: J.Ervine@massey.ac.nz
Tel: 09 213 6909

Janet Lowe
Business Services Manager - Manawatu
Email: J.M.Lowe@massey.ac.nz
Tel: 06 951 7752

Julie McKenzie
Academic Programme Administrator
Email: J.A.McKenzie@massey.ac.nz
Tel: 06 951 7421

Anne Meredith
Academic Programme Administrator - "Writing Papers"
Email: A.M.Meredith@massey.ac.nz
Tel: 06 951 7548

College of Humanities and Social Sciences support staff

Claire Grant
Shared Campus Secretary - Wellington
Email: C.Grant@massey.ac.nz
Tel: 04 979 3597

Claire Jowsey
Shared Campus Secretary - Auckland
Email: C.Jowsey@massey.ac.nz
Tel: 09 212 7057

Marissa Penfold
Shared Campus Secretary - Auckland
Email: M.Penfold@massey.ac.nz
Tel: 09 213 6086

Honorary research fellows

These academics are honorary research fellows of our school:

Dr Doreen D'Cruz
Dr Judith Dell Panny
Professor Russell Poole
Dr John Ross

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