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Contact details +64 (09) 414 0800  ext. 43337

Associate Professor Jenny Lawn PhD, MA

Head of School of English and Media Studies

School of English and Media Studies


Contact details

  • Ph: 09 414 0800 ext 43337
    Location: AT 2.34, Atrium Building
    Campus: Auckland


  • Doctor of Philosophy - University of British Columbia (1997)
  • Master of Arts - University of British Columbia (1991)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

  • Postcolonial literature
  • Narrative theory
  • Kiwi Gothic
  • Gender theory
  • Representations of trauma in literature and film
  • Contemporary New Zealand literary and cultural studies
  • New Zealand writers’ response to the era of neoliberalism as a cultural and economic phenomenon


21st Century Citizenship

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Cultural Studies (200200): Languages, Communication And Culture (200000): Literary Studies (200500): Maori Literature (200504): New Zealand Literature (excl. Maori Literature) (200505): Postcolonial Studies (200211)

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 1 4

Research Outputs

Teaching and Supervision

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Supervisor 3 1
Co-supervisor 0 4

Current Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • Hannah Hansen - Doctor of Philosophy
    The Post-Millennial Monster: Female Monstrosity and Post-feminism in the Paranormal Romance
  • Gaja Kolodziej - Doctor of Philosophy
    Amnesia in Contemporary Polish literature
  • Perina Chapelle - Doctor of Philosophy
    Framing the Financially Literate Subject: An Analysis of the Discourse Surrounding Financial Literacy

Completed Doctoral Supervision

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.

Co-supervisor of:

  • 2014 - Robert Redmond - Doctor of Philosophy
    The Femme Fatale in Postfeminist Hard-Boiled Detective Fiction: Redundant or Re-Inventing Herself?
  • 2013 - Ann Lochead - Doctor of Philosophy
    Moral Uncertainty and Contemporary Children's Fantasy Fiction
  • 2012 - Wendy Bolitho - Doctor of Philosophy
    Silent Invocations: Music, Sublimation and Social Transformation
  • 2009 - Leonard Sanders - Doctor of Philosophy
    Postmodern Orientalism: William Gibson, Cyberpunk and Japan

Media and Links


  • 13 Apr 2013 - Radio
    Research-related radion interview
    Interview with Lynn Freeman on NZ crime fiction, Standing Room Only, Radio NZ National (16’25”).

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