Dr Kimberley McMahon-Coleman teaches in Learning Development at the University of
Wollongong, with a particular focus on assisting students with disabilities. 

She holds a Master of Education (Educational Leadership) from Charles Sturt University
and a BA (Hons) and PhD from the University of Wollongong. Her doctoral thesis examines
shamanism and Indigenous diaspora in the works of Alootook Ipellie and Sam Watson. 

She has recently cowritten a book with Dr Roslyn Weaver from the University of Western
Sydney, focussing on the figure of the shapeshifter in literature and popular culture,
and how it is used as a metaphor for difference. Her current interest in representations
of the Gothic in popular culture marks a return to an earlier interest in vampires,
werewolves and other things which go bump in the night. 



Book Review: Developing College Skills in Students with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome, Journal of Academic Language & Learning (2012)

Book Review of Sarita Freedman's "Developing College Skills in Students with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome."



Editorial: Social Inclusion – Are we there yet? (with Alisa Percy and Bronwyn James), Journal of Academic Language & Learning (2012)


Book Review - Developing college skills in students with Autism and Asperger's Syndrome, Academic Services Division - Papers (2012)

The support and success of students with disabilities is a key aspect of the social...



Editorial: Social inclusion--are we there yet? (with Alisa Percy and Bronwyn James), Academic Services Division - Papers (2012)

This special edition of the Journal of Academic Language and Learning arose out of a...



Indigenous diasporic literature : representations of the Shaman in the works of Sam Watson and Alootook Ipellie, University of Wollongong Thesis Collection (2009)

This thesis attempts to bring together postcolonial and diaspora theories to look at the work...



Werewolves and Other Shapeshifters in Popular Culture: A Thematic Analysis of Recent Depictions (with Roslyn Weaver) (2012)

In recent years, shapeshifting characters in literature, film and television have been on the rise....


Contributions to Books

Myriad mirrors: doppelgangers and doubling in The Vampire Diaries, Open Graves, Open Minds: Representations of Vampires and the Undead from the Enlightenment to the Present Day (2013)

Mirroring is of fundamental importance in Gothic literature and filmic texts generally, and is a...

Harry Potter and the myriad mothers: the maternal figure as lioness, witch and wardrobe (with Roslyn Weaver), Australian Institute for Innovative Materials - Papers (2012)

Families are important in the Harry Potter series. Harry's loss of his parents is a...

Mystic Falls meets the World Wide Web: Where is The Vampire Diaries located?, Fanpires: Audience Consumption of the Modern Vampire (2011)


"Lost" children: crossing indigenous cultural borders in the Canadian Arctic, in R. Dhawan & S. Gill (eds), Canadian studies today: responses from the Asia Pacific (2009)

This paper focuses on artistic representations of the cultural loss faced by Indigenous children when...



Who's Your Daddy?: Representations of Masculinity and Coming of Age in Television’s The Vampire Diaries, Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand (PopCAANZ) (2012)

Fantasy narratives often use the metaphor of the werewolf for the adolescent identity-forming process. The...

"The Ties that Bind: Family and Blood in television’s The Vampire Diaries.”, Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand (PopCAANZ) (2011)
Southern Civility, Sexuality and Secularity: Minority Politics in "True Blood.", PCA/ACA 41st Annual Conference (2011)

Southern Civility, Sexuality and Secularity: Minority Politics in True Blood. Paper Topic area: Science Fiction...



Heritage and Regional Development: An Indigenous Perspective (with Robbie Collins), Academic Services Division - Papers (2006)

Heritage is important to regional development in terms of promoting a sense of place and...