Associate Professor Fay Anderson

Dr Fay Anderson is a media historian and is an Associate Professor in the School of Media, Film and Journalism. She is currently the Head of Journalism in the School and the PhD Program Director of Film, Media and Communication. Before her appointment at Monash University in December 2011, she was a senior lecturer at the Australian Centre at the University of Melbourne.

Fay has published widely on media history, genocide, photography, biography, memory, television, violence and Australian history. She is the author of three books including Witnesses to War: The History of Australian Conflict Reporting (2011, co-authored with Richard Trembath) and Max Crawford: An Historian’s Life and the Limits of Academic Freedom (2005).

After graduating, she lived in Paris and Jerusalem for several years. Fay’s PhD thesis, which was awarded in 2003, was published in 2005 by Melbourne University Publishing and entitled, An Historian’s Life: Max Crawford and the Politics of Academic Freedom.

Fay’s collaborative research with Richard Trembath on Australian war journalism was funded by the Australian Research Council and resulted in a series of public initiatives and publications. Their co-authored book, Witnesses to War: The History of Australian Conflict Reporting was published by Melbourne University Publishing in 2011 and was longlisted for a Walkley Book Award in the same year.

Fay was awarded an Australian Research Council Linkage Award with Associate Professor Sally Young, Professor Kate Darian-Smith and Mr Michael Gawenda (University of Melbourne), to investigate the history and significance of press photography in Australia. The Linkage partners are the National Library of Australia and the Walkley Foundation. Fay and Sally Young’s co-authored book, Shooting the Picture: Press Photography in Australia, was published in 2016.

One of the public initiatives of the project is sixty interviews with Australian press photographers. Depending on the access agreements, many of the interviews are accessible through the National Library of Australia catalogue.

Fay is also researching the Australian reporting of the Holocaust and developing a project on journalists and trauma.

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Historical Association
  • Journalism Education Association of Australia
  • International Association for Media and History

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