Dr Ian Cook
PhD. (UQ) B.A. (Hons.) (UQ)

Senior Lecturer

About me

I gained a PhD in Political Theory from the University of Queensland, where I taught before coming to Murdoch in 1992. I teach Australian Politics, Media Politics and Political Philosophy. I have co-authored a number of books for students on Australian politics, as well as a couple of books (not so much for students) on political philosophy. I’ve also written on online gaming and on Deleuze and education (with Dr. Greg Thompson from the School of Education at Murdoch University).

Teaching area

I teach Controversies in Australian Politics, Mediated Politics and Political Philosophy for Fun and Profit. I also coordinate the Advanced Seminar in Politics and International Studies (Honours)

Research areas

My current areas of research involve applying Deleuzian philosophy to the following:  the various manifestations of cyberspace (in particular, to different forms of gaming), political ideas and regimes (and especially to those my collaborator, Dr. Greg Thompson from the School of Education at Murdoch University, and I refer to as ”ruling figures”) and to education (again with Dr. Greg Thompson). I am also interested in masculinity and its role in identity formation and political practice (but do not use Deleuze, as yet, for this).

Current projects

Deleuze and Education, especially the effects of high-stakes testing (in Australia, this is called NAPLAN) on teaching (with Greg Thompson)

Ruling Figures: Involves the use of Deleuze’s ideas to study the sedimentation of a variety of imaginations of political regimes (with Greg Thompson)

Awards and grants

Year Fund Project Funds
2001 Centre for Study of Contemporary Asia (Murdoch University) Malaysia’s Multimedia Super Corridor: Factors Affecting The Success Of Information Industry Complexes In The Asian Region $9,200
1997 Special Research Grant (Murdoch University) A Survey of Academics in Political Science in Australia $4,000
1995 Special Research Grant (Murdoch University) Liberalism in Australia $3,000

Professional and community service

I provide a weekly review of International Politics for listeners to the ABC’s Regional Radio Service in Western Australia (Wednesdays 4.40pm).

I provide occasional commentary, for print and radio, on Western Australian and Australian poltics.

Doctoral and masters supervisions

PhD. Supervision

  Commenc’d Awarded Title of Thesis
Harwood 1992 2002 Modelling the Politics of Problem Definition: An Application of a Social Conflict Model to Papers Delivered at the Greenhouse and Energy Conference (Macquarie University, NSW, 4th-8th December 1989)
Savat 1997 2003 Explorations of the Digital: An Analysis of the Politics/Technology Nexus Through Foucault, Habermas and Heidegger
Dent 1998 2003 Reflecting on Continuity and Discontinuity in ‘The Law’: Towards Applying Foucault’s Archaeological Method to a Reading of Judicial Decisions in Negligence
Haigh 1999 2003 Living Well Towards Others: The Development of an Everyday Ethics Through Emmanuel Levinas and Alfred Schutz
Harper 2001 2005 Assessing the Critical Capacities of Democracy Through the Work of Hannah Arendt and Jurgen Habermas: The Occlusion of Public Space and the Rise of Homo Spectaculorum
Trenorden 2002 2006 The Deakinite Myth Exposed: Other Accounts of Constitution-Makers, Constitutions and Citizenship
Suhaimi 2006 2009 Factors Explaining the Success of Technology Parks in Malaysia
Sikander 2006 2011 Strategic Technology Management and the Economic Success of the Electrical and Electronics Industry in Malaysia 1986-1995.
Inglebrecht 2006   Innovation and the Mobile Phone Industry
Taaffe 2008   Hip-Hop and Hope: An Ethnography of the Use of Hip-Hop as a Form of Political Engagement
Huang 2010   Policy Learning and Policy Transfer in the Regulation of Whale-watching in Taiwan.
Moate 2010   The Role of Platonic Influences in the works of C.S. Lewis
Davey 2011   Herbert Marcuse and Smartphones



  • Cook, I., (2004),Government and Democracy in Australia,,Oxford University Press.
  • Cook, I., (1999),Liberalism in Australia,,Oxford University Press.
  • Cook, I., (1998),Reading Mill: Studies in Political Theory,,Macmillan.


  • Cook, I., (2016),On Not Mistaking Deleuze (With the Help of Some Buddhists),In: Deleuze and Buddhism, Palgrave Macmillan UK, pages to.
  • Cook, I., (2009),The Body Without Organs and Internet Gaming Addiction,In: Deleuze and New Technology, Edinburgh University Press, pages 185 to 205.
  • Zetlin, D., Cook, I., Leet, M., (1998),Three Perspectives on the Missing State in Marxism,In: The Point of Change, University of Queensland, pages 244 to 257.
  • Cook, I., (1997),Australian Political Thought,In: Politics in Australia, Allen & Unwin, pages 67 to 81.


  • Thompson, G., Cook, I., (2017), The politics of teaching time in disciplinary and control societies, British Journal of Sociology of Education, 38, 1, pages 26 - 37.
  • Thompson, G., Cook, I., (2016), Producing the NAPLAN Machine: A Schizoanalytic Cartography, Deleuze Studies, 9, 3, pages 410 - 423.
  • Cook, I., Thompson, G., (2016), The logic of data-sense: thinking through learning personalisation, Discourse (Abingdon): studies in the cultural politics of education, , , pages 1 - 15.
  • Thompson, G., Cook, I., (2015), Becoming-topologies of education: deformations, networks and the database effect, Discourse (Abingdon): studies in the cultural politics of education, 36, 5, pages 732 - 748.
  • Thompson, G., Cook, I., (2014), The Eternal Return of Teaching in the Time of the Corporation, Deleuze Studies, 8, 2, pages 280 - 298.
  • Thompson, G., Cook, I., (2014), Manipulating the data: teaching and NAPLAN in the control society, Discourse (Abingdon): studies in the cultural politics of education, 35, 1, pages 129 - 142.
  • Thompson, G., Cook, I., (2014), Education policy-making and time, Journal of Education Policy, 29, 5, pages 700 - 715.
  • Thompson, G., Cook, I., (2013), The Logics of Good Teaching in an Audit Culture: A Deleuzian analysis, Educational Philosophy and Theory, 45, 3, pages 243 - 258.
  • Thompson, G., Cook, I., (2013), Mapping Teacher-Faces, Studies in Philosophy and Education: an international quarterly, 32, 4, pages 379 - 395.
  • Thompson, G., Cook, I., (2012), Spinning in the NAPLAN ether: 'Postscript on the control societies' and the seduction of education in Australia, Deleuze Studies, 6, 4, pages 564 - 584.
  • Dent, C., Cook, I., (2007), Stare Decisis, Repetition and Understanding Common Law, Griffith Law Review, 16, 1, pages 131 - 150.
  • Cook, I., Horobin, G., (2006), Implementing eGovernment without promoting dependence: open source software in developing countries in Southeast Asia, Public Administration and Development: the international journal of management research and practice, 26, 4, pages 279 - 289.
  • Cook, I., (2006), Western Heterosexual Masculinity, Anxiety and Web Porn, Journal of Men's Studies, 14, 1, pages 47 - 63.
  • Cook, I., Joseph, R., (2001), Rethinking Silicon Valley: New Perspectives on Regional Development, Prometheus (Abingdon), 19, 4, pages 377 - 393.


Smith, Rodney, Ian Cook and Ariadne Vromen (eds) 2012. Contemporary Politics in Australia, Melbourne: Cambridge University Press.

 Cook, Ian, Mary Walsh and Jeffrey Harwood 2009. Government and Democracy in Australia, Second Edition, Melbourne: Oxford University Press.

 Smith, Rodney, Ian Cook and Ariadne Vromen 2006. Keywords in Australian Politics. Melbourne: Cambridge University Press.

 Cook, Ian 2004. Government and Democracy in Australia, Melbourne: Oxford University Press. (Reprinted 2005, 2006, 2007)

 Cook, Ian 1999. Liberalism in Australia. Melbourne: Oxford University Press.

 Cook, Ian 1998. Reading Mill: Studies in Political Theory. London: Macmillan.



            Book Chapters

 Cook, Ian 2009. ‘Internet Gaming Addiction and Bodies without Organs’ in David Savat and Mark Poster (eds.) Deleuze and Information Technologies Edinburgh University Press.

 Zetlin, Dianne, Ian Cook and Martin Leet 1998. ‘Three Perspectives on the Missing State in Marxism,’ in The Points of Change: Marxism/Australia/History/Theory eds. Carole Ferrier and Rebecca Phelan. Brisbane: University of Queensland.

 Cook, Ian 1996. ‘Australian Political Thought.’ In Politics in Australia. ed. Rodney Smith. Sydney: Allen and Unwin.

 Cook, Ian 1994. ‘From Menzies to Hewson: Two Traditions of Liberalism in the Liberal Party of Australia.’ Australian Political Ideas. ed.  Geoff Stokes. Sydney: University of New South Wales Press: 168 – 195.

            Refereed Articles

 Cook, Ian, 2009. ‘Theorising Schmitt’s Friend-Enemy through Deleuzian Folding and First Person Shooters’ symploke 17(1-2): 109-124.

 Dent, Christopher and Ian Cook 2007. ‘Stare Decisis, Repetition and Understanding Common Law’ Griffith Law Review 16(1): 131-150.

(Reproduced: 2008. U of Melbourne Legal Studies Research Paper No. 361)

 Cook, Ian and Gavin Horobin 2006. ‘Implementing EGovernment Without Promoting Dependence: Open Source Software In Developing Countries In Southeast Asia,’ Public Administration And Development 26(4): 279-289.

 Cook, Ian 2006. ‘Western Heterosexual Masculinity, Anxiety and Web Porn,’ The Journal of Men’s Studies, 14(1) Winter: 47-63.

 Cook, Ian and Richard Joseph 2001. ‘Rethinking Silicon Valley: New Perspectives on Regional Development,’ Prometheus, 19 (4): 377-393.

 Ward, Ian and Ian Cook 1992. ‘Televised Political Advertising, Media Freedom, And Democracy.’ Social Alternatives, 11 (1): 21-26.

 Cook, Ian 1991. ‘Political Theorising: Four Conceptions of the Nature of Theory.’ Australian Journal of Political Science 26 (3): 510 – 525.