• The University of Western Australia (M257), 35 Stirling Highway, Room 1.16, Social Sciences Building, Perth campus

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Steven joined the Media and Communication program at UWA in 2015.

Since he began teaching in 1989 he has held senior positions at the University of Western Sydney (1995–2005) and the University of Sydney (2005–2015). He has been a visiting scholar at the Australian, Film, Television, and Radio School in 1998, the School of Cinema-Arts, University of Southern California in 2002, and at the School of Journalism, Fudan University, Shanghai in October-November 2012.

A graduate of Curtin University in Western Australia (1988), Steven studied Honours at Murdoch University, and received his PhD in Communication Studies from Murdoch University (1994).

Steven has strong interests in both teaching and research, and is a firm believer in the possibility of a productive dialogue between scholarly and intellectual work and media practice and industries.

In his research he brings a communications philosophical approach to understanding the complexity of media practice. Steven is open to inquiries regarding postgraduate supervision in any of his areas of key research, including media ethics, screenwriting, and communication theory.

Roles and responsibilities

Graduate Research Coordinator, School of Social Sciences
Discipline Chair, Media and Communication

Previous positions

Jan 2005-March 2015: University of Sydney
Jan 1995-Jan 2005: University of Western Sydney


media and communication ethics and critical practice
screenwriting research
the relationship of theory and practice
theories of communication
the history of the field of media and communication studies.


  • Media Ethics
  • Screenwriting
  • Journalism
  • Communication Theory
  • Media Studies
  • Screenwriting research
  • Objectivity in journalism

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics where Steven Maras is active. These topic labels come from the works of this person. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

social ethics Social Sciences
criticism Social Sciences
objectivity Social Sciences
journalist Social Sciences
minister Social Sciences
speaking Social Sciences
communication Social Sciences
rhetoric Social Sciences

Research Output 2009 2020

social ethics
cultural behavior
cultural analysis
cultural capital
social space
interpersonal communication
cultural studies

Towards a critique of universalism in screenwriting criticism

Maras, S., 1 Jun 2017, In : Journal of Screenwriting. 8, 2, p. 177–196 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Cultural Context

Where does the latest twist in the House of Hancock saga leave screenwriters?

Maras, S., 16 Mar 2017, The Conversation.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

Open Access