Kate Lonie is a second-year PhD candidate in the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney. Inspired by the 2013 media attention afforded to former Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, as well as the coverage of the death (also in 2013) of former UK Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, her doctoral research aims to explore the relationship between contemporary political media coverage and the nature of the media and political engagement of young women in both the UK and Australia. Prior to this, she completed a Master of Science in Gender, Media and Culture at the London School of Economics and Political Science – residing at Goodenough College during this time. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours from the University of Melbourne and Monash University.
In recent years, Kate has attained academic publication, and has presented at several conferences in both Australia and the UK. Professionally, she has also had significant experience in the fields of consulting and higher education, having worked as a Research Assistant at a number of major Australian universities. She has also had extensive experience as both a Mentor and Tutor to high school and undergraduate students – most notably at St Andrew’s College at the University of Sydney.