Glenn Kefford

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I'm a Lecturer in the School of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. My research explores questions about political parties, elections, campaigning, populism and the radical right. These interests span both Australian and comparative politics. I have published widely on these topics and my work has appeared in journals such as Party Politics, the British Journal of Politics and International Relations, Parliamentary Affairs and the Australian Journal of Political Science

Since 2010, I have completed over 300 interviews with party officials, candidates and elected representatives. This includes: the Australian Labor Party; the Liberal Party of Australia; the Greens; the Nick Xenophon Team; the Palmer United Party; Pauline Hanson's One Nation; as well as a range of other political actors.

Before joining UQ, I worked at three other universities in Australia - Griffith University in Brisbane, the University of Tasmania and Macquarie University in Sydney. Across my academic career, I have convened twelve different units at the under-graduate and post-graduate level. See 'Teaching' for more on this.

From 2019 to 2021 I am an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Research Award Fellow. My project is titled, 'Data, Digital and Field: Political Parties and 21st Century Campaigning'. An explanation of this project and my other research projects can be found under 'Current Research'.

I have written for a range of media outlets including The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Guardian, the Washington Post's 'Monkey Cage' blog, and the ABC. I have also provided expert commentary in over 100 media pieces in the last five years (see media and engagement).


You can reach me via email or twitter at the below links

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