Dr Elizabeth (Liz) Tynan is an Associate Professor at the James Cook University (JCU) Graduate Research School in Townsville. Her PhD from the Australian National University examined aspects of the British nuclear weapons tests in Australia in the 1950s and 1960s. She is a former journalist and journalism academic with a background in both print and electronic media. She is co-author of the Oxford University Press textbooks Media and Journalism: New Approaches to Theory and Practice, and Communication for Business.
In September 2016 her popular history, Atomic Thunder: The Maralinga Story, was published by NewSouth. Atomic Thunder won the Council of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS) Australia Prize for a Book 2017 and the Prime Minister’s Literary Prize (Australian History) 2017.