Portrait of Rod Tiffen

Rod Tiffen

Rodney Tiffen is Emeritus Professor in Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney. His most recent book is Rupert Murdoch. A Reassessment (2014).  He is co-author, with Ross Gittins, of How Australia Compares.

Rod’s teaching and research interests are in the mass media, Australian politics, comparative democratic politics, democratisation and Australian relations with Asia. He is also author of Diplomatic Deceits: Government, Media and East Timor; Scandals: Media, Politics and Corruption in Contemporary Australia; News and Power; The News from Southeast Asia8; and numerous articles on mass media and Australian politics. He is editor of Mayer on the Media: Selected Essays on Australian Media, and co-editor of Australia’s Gulf War*.

Rod acted as an observer of South Africa’s media during that country’s first democratic election, and has worked on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s review of Radio Australia. He currently holds an Australian Research Council Discovery Grant to analyse changes in the Australian press’s political reporting over the last 50 years.