Dr Emma A. Jane (previously Emma Tom) is an award-winning scholar, author, and former journalist who once replaced the Moscow Circus lady in the Globe of Death on a dare from a newspaper reader. Over the course of her career, Emma has received multiple awards and prizes for her scholarly research, her reporting, and her fiction-writing. (For reasons she does not fully comprehend, her professional thrillseeking has yet to be formally acknowledged.) In 2016, the public benefit of Emma’s research into misogyny online was recognised when she was named the Anne Dunn Scholar of the Year. This followed her receipt, in 2014, of a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) from the Australian government to fund a three-year research project into gendered cyberhate. You can learn more about her research on e-bile and digilantism by checking out the University of New South Wales’ web series Know Thy Selfie. In 2017, Emma teamed up with her friend Nicole A Vincent to build a Random Rape Threat Generator (see sidebar) to help raise awareness about misogyny online. The Sydney Morning Herald published a story about the generator here.
Emma has published nine books including a novel, Deadset, which won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Asia and the South Pacific for Best First Novel in 1997. Her most recent publication, Misogyny Online: A Short (and Brutish) History, was published by Sage in October, 2016. Her eighth book, the fifth edition of Cultural Studies: Theory and Practice was co-authored with Chris Barker and was also published by Sage in 2016.Emma is currently a Senior Research Fellow and Senior Lecturer at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, where she only wears a leopard skin costume to work on extra special occasions.
Emma has presented the findings of her research to the Australian Human Rights Commission, and regularly speaks at large, public events such as the Festival of Dangerous Ideas and the All About Women festivals at the Sydney Opera House. Since 2016, she has also been an editorial board member of the International Journal of Cultural Studies. Prior to commencing her academic career, she spent nearly 25 years working in the print, electronic, and online media. During this time, she received – alongside just a tiny bit of hate mail – the 1997 Henry Lawson Award for Journalism, and the 2001 Edna Ryan Humour Award for “using wit to promote women’s interests”. Her previous life as a gonzo journalist also involved competing in a women’s only demolition derby (she was knocked unconscious), attending superbike school (some actual sparks came off her motorbike’s footpegs), and caring for a domesticated scorpion (it was about as exciting as watching slightly poisonous paint dry).
Cyberhate, cyber feminism, internet mobs, digital vigilantism (aka “digilantism”), and non-legislative interventions for technology-related crime are the current foci of Dr Emma A. Jane’s ongoing research into the social and ethical implications of emerging technologies.
BOOKS IN PROGRESS
Emma is working on a book called Outsmarted: Cognitive Enhancement and the Unintended Consequences of Emerging Technologies with Associate Professor Nicole A Vincent from Georgia State University in Atlanta.