Doctor Jennifer Cheng

Doctor Jennifer Cheng

Lecturer in Sociology,
Anthropology & Sociology


Jennifer E. Cheng is a Lecturer in Sociology in the School of Social Sciences at Western Sydney University. She is also a member of the Challenging Racism Project at Western Sydney University. Her research contributions lie in the areas of Islamophobia and anti-Islamophobia, migration multiculturalism, racism and anti-racism, integration and approaches using critical discourse analysis.

Her recently funded projects include "Muslim Women’s Participation in the Auburn Giants AFL Team", "Reimagining Muslim Women through Sport", and "CALD Parental Experiences of Children's Extracurricular Activities".

She has published on anti-racist and anti-Islamophobic discourses, including her book, entitled Anti-racist Discourse on Muslims in the Australian Parliament, discourses on Australian values, and Muslim women’s experiences of participating in sport. In 2016 she was the inaugural winner of the Australian Sociological Association's prize for the most distinguished peer-reviewed article published by an Early Career Researcher for her article entitled "Islamophobia, Muslimophobia or racism?: parliamentary discourses on Islam and Muslims in debates on the minaret ban in Switzerland".

From 2013-2014 she was a Swiss Government Postdoctoral Scholarship holder at the University of Bern, working on her project that analysed discourses on Islam and Muslims in political debates about the minaret ban in Switzerland.

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  • PhD Macquarie University
  • MA University of Technology, Sydney
  • BA(CommsIntS) University of Technology, Sydney

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Sociological Association (2014)


  • Australian Sociological Association prize for the most distinguished peer-reviewed article published by an Early Career Researcher 2016-11-30

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Anthropology & Sociology


Phone: (02) 9772 6131
Location: 3.8.11

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  • Cheng, J. (2017), 'Anti-racist Discourse on Muslims in the Australian Parliament', : John Benjamins Publishing 9789027206633.

Chapters in Books

  • Cheng, J. (2009), 'Promoting "national values" in citizenship tests in Germany and Australia : a response to the current discourse on Muslims?', Citizenship Policies in the Age of Diversity: Europe at the Crossroads, Universitat Pompeu Fabra .

Journal Articles

  • Cheng, J. (2019), 'Religiosity, integration and sport : Muslim women playing Australian Rules football', Journal of Australian Studies, vol 43, no 1 , pp 55 - 70.
  • Possamai, A., Cheng, J., Lathion, S. and Voyce, M. (2017), 'Representations of Sharia in three global cities : Sydney, New York and Geneva 2008-2013', Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, vol 28, no 1 , pp 1 - 17.
  • Possamai, A., Turner, B., Cheng, J., Voyce, M. and Dagistanli, S. (2016), 'Shari'a and everyday life in Sydney', Australian Geographer, vol 47, no 3 , pp 341 - 354.
  • Cheng, J. (2015), 'Islamophobia, Muslimophobia or racism? : parliamentary discourses on Islam and Muslims in debates on the minaret ban in Switzerland', Discourse and Society, vol 26, no 5 , pp 562 - 586.
  • Cheng, J. (2013), 'Exclusive and inclusive constructions of "Australia" in the Australian parliament', Critical Approaches to Discourse Analysis Across Disciplines, vol 7, no 1 , pp 51 - 65.
  • Cheng, J. (2013), 'Talking about 'Australian values' in the Australian parliament : how politicians contest culturalist racism', Critical Race and Whiteness Studies, vol 9, no 2 .

Conference Papers

  • Boell, S., Campbell, J., Cecez-Kecmanovic, D. and Cheng, J. (2013), 'Advantages, challenges and contradictions of the transformative nature of telework : a review of the literature', Americas Conference on Information Systems, Chicago, Ill..

Current Projects

Title: What Next for Diversity?
  • Special Broadcasting Service Corporation
Western Researchers: Kevin Dunn, Alanna Kamp, Rachel Sharples, Nida Denson, Linda Briskman, Sonia Tascon, Jennifer Cheng and Thierno Diallo
Years: 2019-07-29 - 2023-07-31
ID: P00026012

Previous Projects

Title: Muslim Women's Participation in the Auburn Giants AFL Team
  • Freilich Foundation
Western Researchers: Jennifer Cheng
Years: 2016-07-13 - 2017-12-12
ID: P00023545


Previous Supervision

Thesis Title: TEDified Islam: Postsecular Storytelling in New Media
Field of Research: Religious Studies

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