Dr Sarah Baker

Senior Lecturer, Communication Studies

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 extn 7930

Email: sarah.baker@aut.ac.nz

Qualifications:

  • BA
  • MA (Hons)
  • PHD
  • SFHEA

Memberships and Affiliations:

  • Co Founder, AUT Popular Culture Centre
  • Member, Journalism Media and Democracy Centre (JMAD) AUT 
  • Secretary, GANZA (The Gothic Association of Australia and New Zealand)
  • Member, NZPSA (The New Zealand Political Studies Association)
  • Member, Popular Culture Association of New Zealand and Australia
  • Member, PAMLA (Pacific and Modern Language Association)
  • Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy

Teaching Areas:

  • Image and Sound
  • Media Communication
  • Popular Culture

Research Areas:

  • Current Affairs Television Programmes,
  • Political Economy
  • Popular Culture 
  • Gothic
  • Gender and Sexuality 

Publications:

Selected Publications

  • Baker S. & Rutherford, A (2019) Quality Television and Gothic Horror in Game of Thrones in Stacey Abbot & Lorna Jowett (Eds.), Global Television Horror, University of Wales Press (Forthcoming).
  • Baker S, & Rutherford, A (2019). ‘Pushing the Boundaries of Quality Television; Narrative and character development in ‘House of Cards’, in Scott F. Stoddart (ed), House of Cards: Critical Essays on the Netflix Series. McFarland Press. (Forthcoming).
  • Baker, S. and Rutherford, A. (2018), ‘Game of Thrones and the hidden apocalypse’, Australasian Journal of Popular Culture, 7:2, pp. 315–25, doi: 10.1386/ajpc.7.2.315_1.
  • Baker S.(2017).  Ambivalent Apocalypse: The Influence of the Book of Revelation in films and television. Australasian Journal of Popular Culture 6(2):263-273 04 Jul 2017.
  • Baker S, Owen T, Rupar V, Myllylahti M, Devadas V, Craig G, Berti C (2017).. Diversity in Reporting? A Study of the News coverage of the 2016 New Zealand Local Body Elections. MEDIANZ 17(1) 16 Nov 2017.
  • Baker S (2017). The Decline and Redefinition of New Zealand Current Affairs Television Programmes The Political Economy of Communication 5(2):67-81
  • Baker, S. (2016) ‘The Story of Public Broadcasting’ in (eds., Johnson, E, Tiso, G, Illingworth, S, & Bennett, B) Don’t Dream It’s Over: Reimagining Journalism in Aotearoa New Zealand. Freerange Press, Christchurch.
  • Rupar, V., Owen, T., Baker, S., (2016). ‘Diversity, Inclusivity, and the News: Coverage of the 2014 New Zealand General Election’. MEDIANZ • VOL 15 • NO 2 •.
  • Baker, S. (2015). The Changing Face of Gay Representation in Hollywood Films from the 1990s onwards. What's Really Changed in the Hollywood Representation of Gay Characters? The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies, Vol.10, Issue 4.
  • Rupar, V., Owen,.T &Baker, S. (2015). AUT Media Observatory. News, politics and diversity in the 2014 New Zealand general Election.
  • Baker, S., (2014). The Walking Dead and Gothic Excess: The Decaying Social Structures of Contagion,M/C Journal, Vol.17, No.4-'Gothic'.
  • Baker, S., (2014). The Modern Vampire Review of The Modern Vampire  in Contemporary Popular Literature, by L Piatti-Farnell, Aeternum, December.
  • Baker, S,. (2012). The Changing Face of Current Affairs television programmes in New Zealand.  (Doctoral Thesis, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand).  
  • Baker, S., & Benson, S.J. (2008). The suitcase, the samurai sword and the pumpkin: Asian crime and news media treatment. Pacific Journalism Review, 14 (2), 183-204. 
  • Baker, S,. (2007). The Death of a genre?: Television Current Affairs programmes in New Zealand. ANZCA Conference proceedings, La Trobe University,  Melbourne.
  • Baker, S,.(2006). The changing face of current affairs programmes in New Zealand, United States and Britain. Communication Journal of New Zealand, 1984-2004. 
  • Baker, S,.(2006). Examining the changing face of current affairs programmes from a political economy perspective. ANZCA Conference proceedings, University of Adelaide, Adelaide.

Conference Presentations

  • Baker, S. (2018). Game of Thrones and the Hidden Apocalypse. Tales of the Un/popular, AUT Popular Culture Symposium, 1 February, Auckland University of Technology.
  • Baker, S. (2018). A New Approach to Old Problems- The Political Economy approach to current affairs in New Zealand. IAMCR 20-24 June 2018, University of Oregon, Eugene Oregon, USA.
  • Baker, S (2018). New Zealand Current Affairs Television Programmes A forum for Citizens and Consumers. ANZCA, 3-6 July 2018, The University of Auckland Science Centre, Auckland New Zealand.
  • Baker, S (2018). The Haunted House- the place of Upset in Gothic Horror. PopCaanz 9th Annual International Conference. 2-4 July 2018, Auckland University of Technology.
  • Baker, S (2018). Surveillance in Popular Culture: The Contrast and Changing Nature of Surveillance in feature films since 9/11. JMAD Surveillance Conference, 6-7 September 2018, Auckland University of Technology.
  • Baker, S. (2018). Game of Thrones and Gothic Horror in Quality Television. PAMLA Conference, 9-11 November 2018, Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington.
  • Baker S (2017). The Hidden meanings and significance of the The Conjuring and the Conjuring 2 GANZA, Auckland University of Technology, 23 Jan 2017 - 24 Jan 2017.
  • Baker S. (2017).The Hidden Aspects of the Conjuring PCA Conference, San Diego United States, 12 Apr 2017 - 16 Apr 2017.
  • Baker S. (2017) Liminality and the Hidden Aspects of the Conjuring AUT Pop Culture Centre Research Day.
  • Baker S (2017).Fake News and the Rise of Post-Truth Culture ANZCA (Australian and New Zealand Communication Association), Sydney, Australia, 05 Jul 2017 - 07 Jul 2017. 05 Jul 2017.
  • Baker S.(2017). The Future of Current Affairs Programmes in New Zealand NZ Media Futures Sympoisum, AUT University Auckland, 27 Apr 2017 - 28 Apr 2017. NZ Media Futures Symposium. 27 Apr 2017.
  • Baker, S. (2016).  Post-Factual democracy and political representation , New Zealand Political Studies Association Conference, Waikato University, November 2016.
  • Baker, S. (2016). The State of Current Affairs Television in New Zealand and its impact on Journalism and an Informed Citizenry, World Journalism Education Congress, AUT University, July 2016, Auckland.
  • Baker, S. (2016). Current Affairs Programmes in New Zealand a political economy investigation of the genre, IAMCR 27-31 July 2016, Leicester, UK.
  • Baker, S. (2016). Gothic Apocalypse, Pop Caanz, Sydney University, June 2016, Australia.Baker, S. (2016). The Burden of Representation, Unpopular Narratives Mini Symposium, AUT Popular Culture: August 2016.
  • Baker, S. (2016). Revelations and Post-Apocalyptic Films: The Biblical Influence on Pop Culture, Food Love God Symposim Presentation, AUT Popular Culture Symposium February 2016.
  • Baker, S., (2015). Alternative Gothic Heroes and the Walking Dead, AUT Popular Gothic Symposium, February 2015.
  • Baker, S., (2015).The Walking Dead Zombies and Gothic Decay, GANZA Conference, Darling Harbour, Sydney, Australia.
  • Baker, S., (2014). Politics, Conflict and the Changing Face of Current Affairs Television, NZPSA Conference, University of Auckland, December 2014. 
  • Baker, S. (2014). The Changing Face of Gay Representation in Hollywood Films from the 1990s Onwards: What's Really Changed in the Hollywood Representation of Gay Characters? 9th International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Vancouver, Canada. 
  • Baker, S (2013). Action heroines and gothic sensibilities: an examination of the feminine in Aliens and Prometheus, paper presented at the Pop Caanz Conference, Brisbane, June 23-25. 
  • Baker, S (2012). The Changing Face of Current Affairs Programmes: the impact and consequences of Deregulation and Commercialism on the format of current affairs television programmes in New Zealand, paper presented at JMAD conference, Media Histories, AUT University, Auckland.
  • Baker, S.(2010). Changing Journalism in Current Affairs programmes: the impact of deregulation and commercialism, paper presented at JMAD conference, AUT University, Auckland. 
  • Baker, S., & Benson, S.J. (2008). The suitcase, the samurai sword and the pumpkin: Asian crime and news media treatment. AMIC International Conference, Changing Media, Changing Society: Media and the Millennium Development Goals. Manila, Philippines. 
  • Baker, S. (2007). Television current affairs programmes on New Zealand Public Television. In ANZCA Conference, Communications, Civics, Industry. Melbourne.
  • Baker, S. (2007). The death of a genre? Television current affairs programmes on New Zealand Public Television. Australian New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA) 2007 Conference Communications, Civics, Industry. Melbourne, Australia.
  • Baker, S. (2006). Examining the changing face of television current affairs programme in New Zealand from a 'political economy' perspective. In Empowerment, Creativity and Innovation: Challenging Media and Communication in the 21st Century, Australia and New Zealand Communication Association International Conference (ANZCA). South Australia.
  • Baker, S. (2006). The state of television current affairs: Researching the genre in NZ. In Journalism Downunder: The Future of the Media in the Digital Age. 2nd Joint JEANZ/JEA Conference. Auckland, NZ.
  • Baker, S. (2005). The Changing Face of Current Affairs Programmes in New Zealand, United States and Britain 1984-2004. Paper presented at the APSA conference, University of Otago (September, 2005).
  • Baker, S.J. (2005). The Changing Face of Current Affairs Programmes in New Zealand, United States and Britain 1984-2004. Paper presented at ANZCA conference, University of Canterbury (July, 2005).