Staff Profile


Career Summary


Mitchell Hobbs completed his undergraduate education at La Trobe University, Australia, where he studied Sociology, Politics and Psychology. His PhD in Sociology was awarded by the University of Newcastle, Australia, in 2010, with his doctoral dissertation, "Paper Cuts: Media Bias, the Iraq War and the Politics of Rupert Murdoch", being praised for its contribution to the fields of media sociology and communication studies. In January 2011, Mitchell Hobbs left the University of Newcastle in order to work as a Media and Stakeholder Electorate Officer to Prime Minister Julia Gillard, the Member for Lalor. In March 2012, he returned to the University, so as to continue his career in teaching and research.


  • PhD, University of Newcastle, 17/06/2010
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), La Trobe University, 13/03/2004


Research keywords

  • Advertising
  • Cultural politics
  • Media ownership and control
  • Political communication
  • Public policy
  • Semiotics
  • Social theory
  • Sociology

Research expertise

Mitchell Hobbs’ research interests and contributions to sociology fall into four main areas: media sociology (with a particular focus on media power and the political economy of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation); socio-cultural theories of identity; semiotics; and the practices and consequences of political communication. His research has been published in national and international journals, and has been recognised for making both empirical and theoretical contributions to the fields of media studies, sociology and cultural studies.


  • English

Fields of Research

200199Communication And Media Studies Not Elsewhere Classified25


Body relevant to professional practice.

  • Member - The Australian Sociological Association


Teaching keywords

  • Culture and Identity
  • Media Ownership and Control
  • Media and Society
  • Social Research Methods
  • Society and Culture

Teaching expertise

Mitchell Hobbs has taught several hundred students in the following subjects:

• SOCA1010: Society and Culture: a Sociological Introduction

• SOCA3081: New Media and Society

• SOCA3230: Identity and Culture

• CMNS2620: Media Ownership and Control

• CMNS3320: International Media Studies

• CULT2130: Media Structures and Practices

• CULT3240: Popular Culture and Society

• POLI1010: Australian Politics and Government



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Book (1 outputs)

2012Chalkley T, Brown A, Cinque T, Warren B, Hobbs MJ, Communication, New Media and Everyday Life, Oxford University Press, South Melbourne, VIC, 262 (2012) [A2]

Journal article (5 outputs)

2013McKnight D, Hobbs MJ, 'Public Contest through the Popular Media: The Mining Industry's Advertising War against the Australian Labor Government', Australian Journal of Political Science, 48 307-319 (2013) [C1]
2011McKnight D, Hobbs MJ, ''You're all a bunch of pinkos': Rupert Murdoch and the politics of HarperCollins', Media, Culture & Society, 33 835-850 (2011) [C1]
2010Hobbs MJ, 'Neo-conned :The Murdoch press and the Iraq War', International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics, 6 187-207 (2010) [C1]
2009Hobbs MJ, 'Across the divide: Moving beyond 'decorative theory'', NEXUS, 21 15-16 (2009) [C2]
2007Hobbs MJ, ''More paper than physical': The reincorporation of News Corp and its representation in the Australian press', Journal of Sociology, 43 263-281 (2007) [C1]
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Conference (2 outputs)

2008Hobbs MJ, 'On discourse and representation: Reflections on Michel Foucault's contribution to the study of mass media', Re-imagining Sociology, Melbourne, VIC (2008) [E1]
2007Hobbs MJ, 'Reflections on the reality of the Iraq Wars: The demise of Baudrillard's search for truth?', TASA & SAANZ Joint Conference 2007: Public Sociologies: Lessons and Trans-Tasman Comparisons. Proceedings, Auckland, New Zealand (2007) [E1]

Grants and Funding

No funding.


Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions1
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL0.3

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20112015PhD (Education)Co-SupervisorAustralian Picturebooks and Connections to Children's Sense of Identity

Dr Mitchell Hobbs

Work Phone(02) 4921 6536
School of Humanities and Social Science
Faculty of Education and Arts
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaSociology and Anthropology
Behavioural Science,
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308