Dr Dean Ballinger

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Lecturer, Screen & Media Studies

Qualifications: PhD, Screen & Media Studies, UoW

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About Dean

Dean’s academic background includes teaching media studies at the University of Waikato and Wintec, and several years as a senior tutor in the Centre of Tertiary Teaching and Learning (CeTTL). His teaching includes a particular focus on papers dealing with critical perspectives on media, society and culture.

His PhD research focused on how conspiracy theorists have used conceptions of the internet as an ‘alternative medium’ in order to propagate their ideas. Alongside conspiracy culture, his other areas of research interest include occulture (engagements between occultism and popular culture); popular music; and comics. He is also concerned with the relationships between media, culture, and the current era of environmental crisis.

Before academia, Dean worked in radio broadcasting for several years. He is an active creative practitioner in music, comics, and poetry.


Screen and Media

Conspiracy studies; popular music studies; comics studies; occulture; critical perspectives on media

Recent Publications

  • Ballinger, D. (2019). The Mage who sold the world. In Fortean Times. Dennis Publishing, London. Retrieved from

  • Ballinger, D. (2018). 'Looking through a glass onion’: The Beatles and pop music conspiracism. In International Association for the Study of Popular Music – Australia / New Zealand. Conference held at Waikato Institute of Technology, Hamilton, New Zealand.

  • Ballinger, D. (2018). There's a ghost in my house. In Fortean Times (Iss. 364, pp. 53). Retrieved from

  • Gilliver-Brown, K., & Ballinger, D. (2017). The integrity games: Using interactive comics to teach academic integrity concepts. Association of Tertiary Learning Advisors Aotearoa/New Zealand Journal(ATLAANZ), 2(1), 68-81. doi:10.26473/atlaanz.2017.2.1/004

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Papers Taught

Contact Details

Name  Extn.  Username  Room  Department
Ballinger, Dr Dean 9186 deanb I.4.16 Screen and Media Studies Programme