PROF Karen Farquharson

PROF Karen Farquharson


  • Sociology of racism, sport and media



  • Karen Farquharson is Head of the School of Social and Political Sciences and Professor of Sociology at the University of Melbourne. Her research is focused on the sociology of ‘race’ and racism, ethnicity, and diversity, particularly in the contexts of media and sport. Her recent work has looked at how organisations manage diversity including organisational opportunities for and barriers to increasing diversity.

    Karen is co-author of three books including Qualitative Social Research: Contemporary Methods for the Digital Age (2016) and co-editor of three collections, most recently Australian Media and the Politics of Belonging (2018) and Relating Worlds of Racism: Dehumanisation, Belonging, and the Normativity of European Whiteness (2018). She is author of over 35 refereed journal articles and book chapters, and has supervised 17 PhD students to completion.

    Karen was educated at Harvard University (MA, PhD) and the University of California, Berkeley (BA). Her work on the ‘Media treatment and communication needs of Sudanese-Australians’ and ‘Participation versus performance: managing (dis)ability, gender and cultural diversity in junior sport’ was supported by Australian Research Council Linkage Project grants.   


Selected publications


Education and training

  • PhD, Harvard University 1999
  • AM, Harvard University 1996
  • BA, University of California - Berkeley 1988



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • I am available to supervise sociology PhD students on topics related to racism, media and/or sport.