David is Research Co-ordinator of Communications and Media Studies in the School of Media, Film and Journalism at Monash. Prior to joining Monash in 2003, David lectured at Griffith University and UNSW in the sociology of communications.
He was educated at Swinburne University in Media Studies and the University of Melbourne, in Political Science and Social Theory, where he was awarded the Dwight prize for political science, and a PhD in Social Theory.
David has four books in the sociology of communications including two edited volumes: Virtual Politics: Identity and Community in Cyberspace (Sage 1997) and Virtual Globalisation: Virtual Spaces, Tourist Spaces (Routledge 2001), a monograph Communication Theory: Media, Technology and Society (Sage 2005) and a Key Concepts in Media and Communications (Sage 2011) co-authored with Paul Jones (UNSW) He has also co-authored four editions of an Australian sociology textbook (2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015) with Roberta Julian and Katie Hughes.
Currently, David has a role as a columnist for The Conversation communicating the relationships between political climates, media power and climate change.