About me

Dr $tephen Dann

Rogue. Marketer. A man with a dollar sign, a plan, and no relation to Panama.

A Senior Lecturer by trade, and a caped crusader for feminism in comic books by night, day or whenever he’s on the internet. A male feminist blogger for Girl-Wonder.org, and man who’s got his own gender identity sorted out, despite the fact the world conspires to call him Ms more times than random chance would allow. (Even his namesake ship is called Stephen Dann on the page and Stephanie Dann in the page title).

In his day time role as mild manner reporter for the the School of Management, Marketing and International Business, College of Business and Economics at the Australian National University, Stephen spends a lot of time if he ever has to tell people where he works. It’s almost as bad as being the station guard at Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch. Stephen says almost, because the full address of his work is only four characters shorter than saying that Llanfair place twice.

When not engaging in random acts of teaching, researching or doing productive work, Stephen can be found on the internet. This is true in a literal sense, since you’re at the Stephendann.com website, and a less literal sense in that Stephen might be a little bit addicted to the online world. Plus, there is that constant struggle for supremacy in Unreal Tournament 2004 and UT2K7, plus that whole City of Heroes thing, and the slight case of overbombing that is his Google Reader account, an Xbox, the Nintendo Wii, a good Steam Account, Facebook, Twitter and, well, you get the picture.

When trying to conquer the world, his research interests include social change marketing, political marketing and the adaptation of commercial marketing to non commercial applications such as behavioural change. For those of you following at home, this means that Stephen is paid to figure out the optimum way to get people to do what he wants them to do, and maybe even pay him for the privilege. This is why the American government commissioned the internet as a safety mechanism to distract Stephen with a supply of shiny things.

He has written. By the gods has he written. He just won’t stop. Since quitting journalism because it required too few words, he has embarked on a quest to single handedly make up for the word count export deficit incurred by importing Harry Potter novels. Having honed his trade in the newsgroup aus.tv.x-files, where he would account for 25% of the posted traffic in any given month, he took advanced majors in verbosity and minors in sleep deprivation, caffeine addiction and temporal distortion to complete three full length text book manuscripts in less than six years, a screen play, a full nanowrimo novel, two partial novels, a lot of e-mail, and a metric truck load of conference papers. [The International Cartel of Marketing Journal Editors are grateful to the US government for commissioning the Internet to distract Stephen from ever deciding publishing in journal is more fun than writing web pages.]

Along the road to wrist ruination and RSI injuries with RSI injuries, Stephen has researched and published in a diverse range of marketing content. So diverse, that there are fourteen categories for what he has written, and that excludes any of that new stuff he’s been raving about in the lectures.

As an attempt to slow him down, sometimes the world conspires to make him travel across the country or the planet to present his conference papers in marketing, and has traveled internationally to present his work to a wide range of audiences. He’s even gotten out of London alive after presenting a paper on the use of Princess Diana’s image in road safety seatbelt advertising to a conference full of Diana fans.

Stephen has a PhD and Spinsters degree in Commerce (with Honours) from Griffith University, Australia. There’s also a Spinsters of Arts majoring in government and Law from the University of Queensland, and half a graduate Certificate in Higher Education from Griffith University. During his tour of duty as a student, Stephen managed to complete a three year arts degree in four years, and a three year PhD in two and half. Due to the laws of temporal consistency, the one year degree just evened itself out.

Back in the day, also known as 1999, he and his tag team paper Dr Susan Dann won the University of the Sunshine Coast and AGB Australia Best Academic Paper Award for his article on “Street Level Marketing”. They have since defended the title belt several times, and remain undisputed champions of street level marketing. Recently, they contest the Introduction to Marketing core text tag team royal rumble, only to be eliminated by reigning heavyweight champions Kotler. They came back into the title belt contention with the 2007 release of Competitive Marketing Strategy.


  • Spinsters of Arts* (*Bachelors degrees and Spinsters Degrees should be interchangeable titles)
  • Spinsters of Commerce with Honours (First)
  • PhD


  • Prince of Insufficient Sleep
  • $teve, Slayer of “It was working a minute ago” Installations of Windows
  • Designated Sidekick
  • “Oh. Him


  • AutoAssault
    • Human Level 70 Engineer and Level 64+ Commando (Defunct Skills)
  • World of Warcraft
    • Character Class Rogue, Hunter, Warrior (lvl30)
    • World of Warcraft AuctionHouse.
  • Unreal Tournament
    • Flak Cannon, Unreal Tournament 2004, 2007
    • Sniper Rifle, Unreal Tournament
      • (static sniping and running around using it as an oversized pistol)
  • Making the magic happen
  • Time Distortion
  • Nerf Weapon Caching

Gaming Experience: (New Skool Video)

  • Quake 2- Quake 4
  • Unreal Tournament
  • Unreal Tournament 2003
  • Unreal Tournament 2004
  • Unreal Tournament 2007
  • Doom 2
  • Doom 3
  • Star Wars Battlefield
  • Star Wars Battlefield 2
  • Autoassault
  • City of Heroes
  • Atari Asteroids (clocked twice)
  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Bomberman
  • Serious Sam I and Serious Sam II (seriously)
  • Empire Earth
  • World of Warcraft

Gaming Experience: (OldSkool RPG)

  • Paranoia (referee and player)
  • Rolemaster (player)
  • TMNT and other strangeness (Player)
  • Traveller (d6 version, player and referee)
  • Dungeons and Dragons 1 and 2nd edition
  • Hunter Planet
  • Warhammer Fanasty Battle (First Edition)

Graphics Design

  • Adobe Creative Suite 1 2 and 3 (3 years, shortened with parole),
  • Adobe Photoshop (15 years of screwing around making parodies, icons and touching up photographs to look better),
  • Adobe Freehand (4 years of making fanzines),
  • Adobe Pagemaker (6 years of fanzines)
  • Adobe Indesign (One highly stressful learning curve of short deadlines and impossibly pretty outcomes)

Website Design

  • Microsoft Frontpage (8 years of being mocked by people who are too cool to admit they use MS products. )
  • Dreamweaver (2 years of migraines and hating the damn thing.)

Online Software

  • PhpBulletin Board Set up and Moderation systems
  • Blogging software including Blogger (3 years), WordPress (5 years)
  • Yahoo Mailing List Web Based Moderation Systems


  • Australian (Fluent)
  • Light Geek (Fluent)
  • Gamer Geek (Conversational and written)
  • L33T (\/\/r1773n only)
  • Deep Geek (Written and Conversational)
  • Marketing (fluent)
  • Engineering (minor conversational)

Employment History

In the elapsed timeframe between currently being Senõr Lecturer @ ANU and an unemployed undergrad Stephen has held the following positions

  • Senior Lecturer, Australian National University
  • Post Doctoral Fellow, School of Advertising Marketing and Public Relations,Faculty of Business, Queensland University of Technology,
  • Senior consultant for the Australia-based sports arts and entertainment ratings agency Sparten
  • Lecturer for the School of Marketing, Griffith University, Australia.
  • Editor of the UQ Student Union newspaper Semper Floreat
  • Road crew for a cafe cabaret band.