Dr Emma A. Jane (previously Emma Tom) is an award-winning scholar, author, and former journalist who once replaced the Moscow Circus lady in the Globe of Death on a dare from a newspaper reader. Over the course of her career, she has received multiple awards and prizes for her scholarly research, her reporting, and her fiction-writing.

In 2016, the public benefit of Emma’s research into misogyny online was recognised when she was named the Anne Dunn Scholar of the Year. This followed her receipt, in 2014, of a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) from the Australian government to fund a three-year research project into gendered cyberhate. Most recently (April 2017) she received the UNSW Arts and Social Sciences Dean’s Award for Achievements by an Early Career Researcher.

Emma has published nine books including a novel, Deadset, which in 1997 won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Asia and the South Pacific for Best First Novel. Her most recent publication, Misogyny Online: A Short (and Brutish) History, was published by Sage in 2017. She has presented the findings of her research to the Australian Human Rights Commission, and regularly speaks at large, public events such as the Festival of Dangerous Ideas and the All About Women festivals at the Sydney Opera House.

Prior to commencing her academic career, Emma spent nearly 25 years working in the print, electronic, and online media. During this time, she received  the 1997 Henry Lawson Award for Journalism, and the 2001 Edna Ryan Humour Award for “using wit to promote women’s interests”. Her previous life as a gonzo journalist also involved competing in a women’s only demolition derby (she was knocked unconscious), attending superbike school (some actual sparks came off her motorbike’s footpegs), and caring for a domesticated scorpion (it was about as exciting as watching slightly poisonous paint dry).

Emma is currently a Senior Research Fellow and Senior Lecturer at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, where she only wears a leopard skin costume to work on extra special occasions.  You can learn more about her research on e-bile and digilantism by checking out the University of New South Wales’ web series Know Thy Selfie. In 2017, Emma teamed up with her friend Nicole A Vincent to build a Random Rape Threat Generator (see sidebar) to help raise awareness about misogyny online. The Sydney Morning Herald published a story about the generator here.

Emma finds writing about herself in the third person kinda weird (although she acknowledges that using the second person would be even weirder).


Cyberhate, cyber feminism, internet mobs, digital vigilantism (aka “digilantism”), and non-legislative interventions for technology-related crime are the current foci of Dr Emma A. Jane’s ongoing research into the social and ethical implications of emerging technologies.


Emma is working on a book called Outsmarted: Cognitive Enhancement and the Unintended Consequences of Emerging Technologies with Associate Professor Nicole A Vincent from Georgia State University in Atlanta.