Specialisation: Social psychology, discursive psychology, racism, prejudice
Professor Augoustinos is widely recognized both nationally and internationally as a leading researcher in social psychology. She is the first to apply systematically the methods of discursive psychology to the analysis of racial discourse in Australia, and has made a unique contribution to the growing international literature in this area. Her work has detailed the contradictory and ambivalent nature of the everyday sense-making practices people use to argue, explain and justify their views about contentious issues that generate polarised public debate. She has advanced our knowledge about the flexible and ambivalent features of prejudice, challenging traditional psychological accounts positing that prejudice is a fixed personality trait. Her recent work has increasingly focused on political discourse and the framing of public debates about highly divisive issues by political leaders. This has included the analysis of political discourse on asylum seeker policy, apologizing to the Stolen Generations, climate change, same sex marriage, and sexism and misogyny. In recognition of her expertise in the field, she was recently elected a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society.
Professor Augoustinos has 120 published books, chapters and refereed articles, and another six published reports (e.g., for Department of Education and Children Services). She has made 77 national and international professional presentations, of which five were invited keynote addresses. She is a former associated editor for the British Journal of Social Psychology, and has sat on the editorial board of five other professional journals. Her work has had significant impact outside of the discipline of Psychology, as reflected by her appointment to the Editorial Board of Discourse and Society, the premier journal publishing research at the boundaries of discourse analysis and the social sciences.
Fellow Australian Psychological Society (FAPS)
- Greenland, K., Andreouli, E., Augoustinos, M., & Taulke-Johnson, R. (2018). What Constitutes ‘Discrimination’ in Everyday Talk? Argumentative Lines and the Social Representations of Discrimination. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, Online(5), 1-21.
- Burford-Rice, R., & Augoustinos, M. (2017). ‘I didn’t mean that: It was just a slip of the tongue’: Racial slips and gaffes in the public arena. British Journal of Social Psychology, 57(1), 1-22.
- Worth, A., Augoustinos, M., & Hastie, B. (2016). “Playing the gender card”: media representations of Julia Gillard’s sexism and misogyny speech. Feminism and Psychology, 26(1), 52-72.
- Augoustinos, M., & De Garis, S. (2012). ‘Too black or not black enough’: Social identity complexity in the political rhetoric of Barack Obama. European Journal of Social Psychology, 42(5), 564-577.
- Augoustinos, M., Walker, I., & Dongahue, N. (2014). Social Cognition: An Integrated Introduction 3rd Edition (3rd Edition ed.). London: Sage Publications Ltd.
Email: martha.augoustinos [at] adelaide.edu.au
Work Phone: (08) 8313 4627