Jason Bainbridge

 

Jason Bainbridge

Prof. Jason Bainbridge

Jason is Chair of the Department of Media and Communication in the Faculty of Health Arts and Design at SUT where he lectures and researches across the fields of Media, Journalism, Cinema and Screen Studies and Law. Prior to joining Swinburne he taught at the University of Tasmania, the University of Queensland and Queensland University of Technology. He has also worked as a professional ethnographer, a travel writer, a shop assistant and a stand-up comedian – skills that he still occasionally draws upon when lecturing (particularly when faced with an awkward silence or three).

He holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Cultural Studies and Media Studies. His Honours thesis explored what happens when Hollywood stars play villains and his PhD analysed how ideas of law and law’s functioning are presented in popular culture. All of these studies were completed at the University of Queensland. Jason is also a regular media commentator for the ABC and local radio and has done community work with the Cancer Council.

Jason is a nationally and internationally recognised researcher in popular representations of law; superheroes, justice and comic book culture; the functioning of popular culture as vernacular theory; and the study of merchandising and material culture in relation to media convergence, particularly the function of toys and play in mainstreaming fan culture. He has also written widely on the relationship between media and journalism, chequebook journalism and risk communication.