Doctor Milissa Deitz

Doctor Milissa Deitz

Senior Lecturer,
Communications (sohca)


Milissa Deitz is the Academic Course Advisor for the Communication, Screen Media and Creative Industries degrees and lectures in communication, media studies and creative writing in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts. She is a former journalist and novelist with a PhD from the University of Sydney.

She is a recipient of the 2013 Vice Chancellor’s Award for her work with academic literacy for first year students, and the 2015 Vice Chancellor’s Award for the online blended learning Communication program.

Milissa’s book Watch This Space: The Future of Australian Journalism was published in 2010 by Cambridge University Press. Her novel Bloodlust and non-fiction title My Life As A Side Effect about depression are both published by Random House. Milissa has been published in a wide variety of newspapers and magazines and was the co-host of book show Shelf Life on TVS between 2011 and 2015.

Her research and scholarly interests include grief, identity and family; voice and the marginalised within digital storytelling (The Right To Know: 100 Years of the Australian Red Cross International Tracing Service, Immigration Museum, Melbourne 2015); and young people, wellbeing and technology (

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  • PhD University of Sydney
  • MA Macquarie University
  • BA University of Newcastle (NSW)

Professional Memberships

  • Digital Humanities Research Group (2014)
  • Writing and Society Research Centre (2009)


  • UWS Learning and Teaching Award 2013-10-15

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Communications (sohca)


  • School Research Committee - HACA


Phone: (02) 9685 4676
Location: ED.G.31

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  • Deitz, M. (2010), 'Watch This Space: The Future of Australian Journalism', : Cambridge University Press 9780521144285.

Chapters in Books

  • Deitz, M. (2016), 'Family reunion : the potential of digital storytelling and the tracing files of the Australian Red Cross International Tracing Service', Post-Conflict Literature: Human Rights, Peace, Justice, Routledge 9781138916302.
  • Deitz, M. (2003), 'Great Pretenders: The Rise of Pranksterism', Remote Control: New Media, New Ethics, Cambridge University Press 0521534275.

Journal Articles

  • Deitz, M., Notley, T., Cantanzaro, M., Third, A. and Sandbach, K. (2018), 'Emotion mapping : using participatory media to support young people's participation in urban design', Emotion, Space and Society, vol 28 , pp 9 - 17.
  • Deitz, M. (2014), 'Cut and paste : Australia's original culture jammers, BUGA UP', Global Media Journal: Australian Edition, vol 8, no 1 .


  • 2015, 'The Right to Know: 100 Years of the Australian Red Cross International Tracing Service'

Other Publications

  • 2018, 'invisiblecity: Emotion Mapping App', Published Work
  • 2017, 'All The Little Boxes', Published Work
  • 2017, 'Vanishing Point', Published Work
  • 2016, 'InWesternSydney', Published Work
  • 2015, 'Invisible City Project Website', Published Work
  • 2013, 'Shelf Life', Recorded Work
  • 2004, 'My Life as A Side Effect', Published Work

The Missing - The Red Cross Tracing Service

Modern Families: Surrogacy in Australia

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Previous Projects

Title: Young and Resilient Living Lab Foundation Project
  • University of Western Sydney
  • Google Australia Pty Ltd
Western Researchers: Amanda Third, Philippa Collin, Liam Magee, Tanya Notley, Louise Crabtree, Katrina Sandbach, Michelle Catanzaro, Peter Bansel, Nida Denson and Milissa Deitz
Years: 2016-12-05 - 2018-04-12
ID: P00023561
Title: Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre - YAWCRC - Engaging Creativity Through Technologies P2:P2
  • Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (CRC)
Western Researchers: Amanda Third, Kerry Robinson, Nida Denson, Peter Bansel, Tanya Notley, Katrina Sandbach, Michelle Catanzaro and Milissa Deitz
Years: 2013-06-25 - 2016-12-25
ID: P00021345


Doctor Deitz is available to be a principal supervisor for doctoral projects

Current Supervision

Thesis Title: Framing Terrorism in Indonesia: A Case Study of Islamic Magazines in Indonesia
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Branded Content - Kindling the Brand Romance
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Creative Approaches to Crisis Culture: A Novel and Exegesis
Field of Research:

Previous Supervision

Thesis Title: Sons of Shame: Deconstructing White, Male Subjectivity in Greater Western Sydney
Field of Research: Other Creative Arts; Written Communication
Thesis Title: The Construction of Anti-Western Islamist Discourse in Indonesian Magazines
Field of Research: Communication And Media Studies; Philosophy And Religious Studies

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