Dr Glenn Kefford

Senior Lecturer (Political Science)

School of Political Science and International Studies
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
+61 7 334 69938


Glenn is a lecturer in political science and for the period 2019-2021 an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) Fellow. His research explores questions about political parties, elections, campaigning, populism and the radical right. These interests span both Australian and comparative politics. He has published widely on these topics and his work has appeared in journals such as Party Politics, the British Journal of Politics and International Relations, Parliamentary Affairs and the Australian Journal of Political Science. Underpinning much of his research is an attempt to understand what is going on beneath the surface of organisations such as political parties, including how they organise themselves and the ways they try to mobilise and persuade voters. In pursuing these questions, Glenn has completed 100s of interviews with party officials, candidates, members and supporters across almost every party in the Australian party system.

His DECRA project, titled, 'Data, Digital and Field: Political Parties and 21st Century Campaigning', investigates how political parties in parliamentary democracies are responding to the digital and field revolutions in campaigning. The importance political parties are attaching to these modes of campaigning, as well as the increased use of data, poses challenges for electoral regulators as well as for scholars of political parties trying to understand party organisation. He is working with a range of colleagues in Australia as well as internationally to explore these developments. An explanation of this project and his other research projects can be found on his personal website.

Glenn has provided commentary to and written for a range of media outlets including The Washington Post, The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, the Guardian and the ABC.

Research Interests

  • Australian politics
  • Comparative Politics
  • Political Parties
  • Elections
  • Campaigning


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Griffith University


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  • Doctor Philosophy

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Book Chapter

  • Kefford, Glenn (2020). The minor parties. In Anika Gauja, Marian Sawer and Marian Simms (Ed.), Morrison's miracle: the 2019 Australian federal election (pp. 343-355) Canberra, Australia: ANU Press. doi:10.22459/MM.2020

  • Kefford, Glenn (2018). The minor parties’ campaigns. Double disillusion: the 2016 Australian Federal Election. (pp. 335-357) edited by Anika Gauja, Peter Chen, Jennifer Curtin and Juliet Pietsch. Acton, ACT, Australia: ANU Press. doi: 10.22459/DD.04.2018.15

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Han, Lei, Sawant, Rudra, Fan, Shaoyang, Kefford, Glenn and Demartini, Gianluca (2021). An Analysis of the Australian Political Discourse in Sponsored Social Media Content. ADCS '21: Australasian Document Computing Symposium, Online, 9 December 2021. Washington, DC United States: Association for Computing Machinery. doi: 10.1145/3503516.3503533

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.