Dr Jo Coghlan – Guest Speaker May 16 Meeting
Dr Jo Coghlan BA (Hons) PhD (UOW) is a lecturer in Australian and International Politics in the School of Arts Social Sciences at the Gold Coast campus of Southern Cross University. Her PhD examined media representations of former Indonesian president Megawati Sukarnoputri during 1998 and 1999. She has taught in the fields of Australian and Indonesian politics, International Relations, Human Rights, Multiculturalism and Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Wollongong, Sydney University and the University of New South Wales.
Jo was formerly a political staffer and media-policy advisor for the Keating government and the Beazley-Rudd Opposition. Jo’s research interests are in contemporary Australian politics, with a focus on political parties, elections, and leadership issues. She is also interested in social policies issues, specifically human rights. A regularly contributor to public forums such as The Drum, On Line Opinion and The Conversation, Jo’s has written over 200 articles on subjects ranging from Australia’s refugee policies, the Northern Territory Intervention, European nationalism, Australian, Indonesian, NZ and American elections, Middle Eastern politics, terrorism, The Arab Spring, and social media.
Jo also regularly contributes political analysis for public radio and the print media. Her book publications include Seeking Refuge: Asylum Seekers and Politics in a Globalising World (2005), Western Media and Indonesian Politics: Gender, Religion and Democracy (2011) and Introduction to Australian Politics (2012). Current research projects are examining popular culture during the Bush and Obama administrations.
A human rights activist, Jo engages in a number of projects and community activities aimed at increasing awareness about human rights issues and improving social policy outcomes for the disadvantaged.
Meeting – Saturday, May 16
1:30pm arrivals, meeting 2-4pm
Members $5, Visitors $8 – includes afternoon tea
Fradgley Hall, above the library, Park Ave, Burleigh Heads
Free parking in the carpark beside the building, with access off Connor Street.