Dr Lewis Tennant


Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext 6769

Email: lewis.tennant@aut.ac.nz


  • PhD, Auckland University of Technology, 2016
  • MPhil (1st), Auckland University of Technology, 2012 
  • PGDip (Communication Studies), Auckland University of Technology, 2010
  • BA (Theatre & Film), Victoria University of Wellington, 1996

Memberships and Affiliations:

  • International Association for the Study of Popular Music, 2014- Present
  • Popular Culture Association / America Culture Association, 2015


My teaching and research career arose from what I thought would be one year at AUT as a student working towards a postgraduate diploma.

Talked out of pursuing either a journalism or an advertising creativity major (I planned to upskill in one of the fields I had already worked in), I enrolled in the arguably more academic-focussed creative industries major. More study opportunities followed, two thesis’ were penned, and I eventually swapped ‘Mr’ for ‘Dr’; all the while lecturing part-time in the BCS and CCS programs.

I am a fervent advocate of the balance between theory & practice in both the BCS and CCS programmes. I bring long-term experience as a radio broadcaster, music journalist, deejay, voice artist, venue and stage manager, advertising creative, and audio engineer into the classroom. This experience is in turn further informed by my ongoing research.

Outside of AUT I continue to work on various media projects, the main two of which are researching and writing for www.audioculture.co.nz, as well as hosting a weekly podcast www.verbalhighs.com.

Teaching Areas:

  • Media Communication
  • Media Production (Audio)
  • Popular Culture
  • Image and Sound
  • Introduction to TV & Radio


  • Vice Chancellor’s Doctoral Scholarship, Auckland University of Technology, 2013-2016
  • Summer Research Assistant Award, Auckland University of Technology, 2013
  • Communication Studies Postgraduate Scholarship, 2012
  • Summer Research Assistant Award, Auckland University of Technology, 2012
  • Dean’s Award for Excellence in Postgraduate Study, 2011