Research Staff

// FIRE Convenors

Bronwyn CarlsonConvenor: Associate Professor Bronwyn Carlson
Indigenous Studies
University of Wollongong
Email: bcarlson@uow.edu.au
Telephone: +61 2 4239 2526
Fax: +61 2 4221 5341

Bronwyn’s research focuses on a number of interrelated themes including the politics of Indigenous identity – with particular interest in what it means to identify as an Aboriginal person today focussing on what constitutes and is constitutive of Aboriginal identity in contemporary times. She currently has an ARC Discovery Indigenous Grant that focuses on Aboriginal identity, community and online social networking. Bronwyn is also a CI on a URC Partnership Grant with the Illawarra Aboriginal Medical Service exploring the cultural dimensions of service delivery.


uow188589Co-convenor: Juan Marcellus Tauri
Lecturer in Criminology
University of Wollongong
Email: juant@uow.edu.au
Website: The Indigenous Criminologist

Juan’s research interests include the critical analysis of state policy-making and its impact on Indigenous peoples in settler-colonial societies, youth gangs, ethical research with Indigenous peoples and the globalisation of crime control policy.


Andrew FarrellIndigenous HDR Co-Convenor: Mr Andrew Farrell
PhD Candidate
Indigenous Studies
Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts
University of Wollongong
Email: acf870@uowmail.edu.au

Andrew is currently completing his PhD titled ‘Emergent Diversities: Queering Spaces of Gender Identity in Aboriginal Cultures’. The research explores whether Aboriginal identities are gender diverse. The aim of the research is to locate Indigenous gender diverse identities in Australia and to situate Aboriginal perspectives in the field of Queer Indigenous Studies.


// UOW Researchers

Associate Professor Evan Poata-Smith

Evan Poata-SmithDiscipline Leader | Indigenous Studies
University of Wollongong
Email: evanps@uow.edu.au
Telephone: +61 2 4252 8502

To date, Evan has published research in the areas of contemporary Indigenous identity politics; the Treaty of Waitangi settlement process; Indigenous social, economic and political inequalities; public policy in relation to Maori; and contemporary Maori politics and the struggle for tino rangatiratanga (indigenous self-determination). He is current a CI on a URC Partnership Grant with the Illawarra Aboriginal Medical Service exploring the cultural dimensions of service delivery.


David KampersMr David Kampers
Course Coordinator and Lecturer
Indigenous Health
University of Wollongong
Email: dkampers@uow.edu.au
Telephone: +61 2 4221 3467

David is currently undertaking a qualitative research project that examines Aboriginal men’s participation in leadership programs and the impact of those programs on their health and wellbeing. He has a broad interest in Indigenous primary health care in both Australian and international contexts.


Garry Jones

Garry Jones
Indigenous Studies Unit
Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts
University of Wollongong
NSW 2522, Australia
Email: garryj@uow.edu.au
Telephone: +61 2 4221 3396

Garry Jones’s research investigates social and cultural conceptualisations of identity, authenticity and connection to place, particularly in how these inform Indigenous art practices and the production of objects of contemporary cultural heritage.


Nicola Marks

Dr Nicola Marks
Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts
University of Wollongong
Email: nicola_marks@uow.edu.au
Web: Nicola Marks on Academia.edu

Nicola is interested in the construction of knowledge by scientists. She would like to learn more about Indigenous knowledge systems. She’s also interested in how Indigeneity has been mobilised politically in debates on end-of-life care in Australia.


Colleen McGloin

Dr Colleen McGloin
Honorary Fellow
Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts
University of Wollongong
Email: cmcgloin@uow.edu.au
Web: Colleen McGloin UOW Staff Page

I come from a multi-disciplinary background in English Studies and Cultural Studies. I have been teaching in Indigenous Studies for ten years. My research focuses on critical race and gender studies, and on representation in cultural texts. My current research looks at representations of humour as a political and pedagogical device in a range of Indigenous film and literary texts. I also research in the area of critical pedagogy with a view to developing transformative teaching and learning practices.


Georgine Clarsen

Georgine Clarsen
Associate Professor
History and Politics Program
University of Wollongong
Email: georgine@uow.edu.au
Phone: 02 4221 3670
Website >

Georgine’s research has been in the history of women and motoring, and her Eat My Dust: Early Women Motorists (Johns Hopkins Press, 2008) explores women’s active roles in shaping automobile culture in Australia, Britain, the United States and colonial Africa. Her current research, funded by an ARC Discovery Project grant, is on early around-Australia bicycle and automobile journeys. She is researching Indigenous and non-Indigenous people’s engagements with technologies of mobility and the role of those practices in producing knowledge about landscapes and identities. She is an Associate Editor of the mobility journal Transfers: Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies.


Dr Charles Hawksley

Dr Charles Hawksley
Senior Lecturer
Politics Program
Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts
University of Wollongong
Email: charlesh@uow.edu.au
Phone: +61 4221 3087
Website >


Kristie Harrison

Kristie Harrison
Indigenous Employment Officer
University of Wollongong
Emial: kristie@uow.edu.au

Kristie has a Bachelor of Health Science in Indigenous Health Studies, Health Science and a Graduate Certificate in Health Leadership & Management, Health Sciences. Before taking the position at UOW Kristie was a senior project officer for the Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council and a youth worker at the Illawarra Aboriginal Medical Service.


Tanja Dreher

Dr Tanja Dreher
University of Wollongong
Email: tanjad@uow.edu.au

Dr Tanja Dreher is a Lecturer in Media and Communications, specialising in International Communications and media and multiculturalism. Her ARC Future Fellowship focuses on the politics of listening in response to Indigenous media.

 


Solomon Buckman

Solomon Buckman
School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Wollongong
Email: solomon@uow.edu.au

Solomon is a geology lecturer and is interested in the link between the science of geology/geomorphology and Indigenous perspectives of rock features, such as Uluru, Three Sisters, Mt Keira, Mt Kembla and integrating this into student field trips

 


Nyssa Murray

Nyssa Murray
University of Wollongong
Email: nyssa@uow.edu.au

Nyssa is a Dunghutti woman with an interest for creating opportunities and working towards the development of Aboriginal people. Nyssa is Project Managing research to promote education in early childhood settings to create a social marketing campaign.


// External Researchers

Sandy O'SullivanDr Sandy O’Sulivan
ARC Indigenous Research Fellow
Bachelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education
Email: sandy.osullivan@batchelor.edu.au
Phone: 0431 957 955
Web: www.sandyosullivan.com
Dr Sandy O’Sullivan is a Senior Indigenous (Wiradjuri) Researcher, an Australian Research Council Fellow explorig museums and an enduring Australian Learning and Teaching Fellow (OLT) promoting alternative dissemination in research training.


Dr Gawaian Bodkin-Andrews

Dr Gawaian Bodkin-Andrews
Associate Professor
School of Education
University of Technology Sydney
Email: gawaian.bodkin-andrews@uts.edu.au
Phone: 02 9850 9973

Dr Gawaian Bodkin-Andrews, of the D’harawal nation, has a growing research base within Indigenous Australian education and psychology. He has managed and led numerous research grants investigating a diversity of topics capturing Indigenous Australian perspectives in education, mental health, identity, traditional knowledges, racism, and bullying. His projects have led to the development of a strong foundation in developing robust and diverse research designs, and he has developed considerable experience in applying advanced quantitative methodologies (e.g., Structural Equation Modeling), and capturing voices and personal stories in qualitative inquiries. His research has also attracted a number of national and international awards (including the AARE Betty-Watts Indigenous Researcher award), and he has produced the Healing the Wounds of the Heart documentary focusing on developing resiliency against racism.


Noe Lumby

Ms Noe Lumby
Wiritjiribin Consultancy
Email: noeleen.lumby@gmail.com
Web: www.wiricon.com.au
Phone: +61 2 6496 2966
Noe is an Indigenous educator and is interested in research that focuses on Indigenous Language Education, Indigenous education, embedding Indigenous perspectives into National curriculum and teacher education.

 


MatalenaDr Matalena Tofa
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Charles Darwin University
Research Centre for Health and Wellbeing
Email: matalena.tofa@cdu.edu.au
Phone: 08 8946 6901

Matalena’s research interest includes: Indigenous peoples; Environmental management; collaborative and participatory practices and policy. Her PhD project was titled, Unsettling Openings: Collaborative Environmental Management and Maori in Taranaki.


Professor Kathleen Clapham

Professor Kathleen Clapham
Australian Health Service Research Institute
Email: kclapham@uow.edu.au
Phone: 02 4221 5157
Website >

Kathleen joined the Institute in 2011. She holds a BA (Hons First Class) and PhD in Anthropology and has over 25 years experience as an academic in higher education, where she specialises in Indigenous health research and education. Prior to joining the Institute she was the Director of the Woolyungah Indigenous Centre at the University of Wollongong. Kathleen has been Chief Investigator on NHMRC and ARC funded and other studies with an Indigenous health focus. Her research interests include: social determinants of health; Indigenous injury prevention and safety promotion; Indigenous child health and resilience; and Indigenous health workforce development.


Ms. Sarah Willard Gray

Ms. Sarah Willard Gray
Email: swg921@optusnet.com.au

Sarah Willard Gray is a practicing artist and her interest is in the promotion of Australian Aboriginal art and artists with an emphasis on their protection from appropriation. Sarah has just completed her PhD at UOW.

 

 


Dr Amanda Harris

Dr Amanda Harris
Research Associate
Sydney Conservatorium of Music
University of Sydney
Email: amanda.harris@sydney.edu.au
Website >

Amanda is interested in Australian national cultural identity through performances of Indigenous and non-Indigenous music and dance, particularly after the Second World War. Her broader research interests are in women’s history, music history and cross-cultural Australian history. Her current work at the University of Sydney focuses on an expedition to Arnhem Land in the 1940s.


Dameyon Bonson

Dameyon Bonson
Consultant and advocate of Indigenous genius, Indigeneity and wellbeing
Email: dameyonbonson@gmail.com
Phone: +61 439 442 907
Website >

Dameyon’s interests are in Indigenous LGBQTI SDOH intersectionality and the relationship with suicide. He has numerous interests in this area including, challenging the stigma associated with Mental Health; debunking the myth that men don’t engage; and upstream suicide prevention with Indigenous communities.


Leeanne Fabila
Project Officer
Research at the Australian Centre for Health Services Innovation
Queensland University of Technology
Email: leeanne.fabila@qut.edu.au
Website: www.qut.edu.au and www.aushsi.org.au 

Leeanne Fabila is a Project Officer Research at the Australian Centre for Health Services Innovation (AusHSI) at Queensland University of Technology. She has an interest in health and education research with an Indigenous focus.


Dr Henk Huijser

Dr Henk Huijser
Bachelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education
Phone: +61 8 89397140
Email: henk.huijser@batchelor.edu.au
Website >

Dr Huijser has a interest in Indigenous higher education and Indigenous pedagogies, with a specific interest in online education. In addition, he has a long-held research interest in Indigenous media production and use, including social media.


Dr Virginia Marshall

Dr Virginia Marshall
Triple BL Legal
Email: virginia@triplebl.com.au

Dr Marshall has a PhD in law, awarded in 2014 at Macquarie University, titled “A web of water rights”. Seminal research on Aboriginal peoples claim for water property rights and interests in Australia”. Dr Marshall is a legal practitioner and scholar.

 


Professor Michelle Trudgett

Professor Michelle Trudgett
Centre for Indigenous Knowledges
University of Technology Sydney
Email: michelle.trudgett@uts.edu.au

Professor Michelle Trudgett is an Indigenous scholar from the Wiradjuri Nation in New South Wales. In February 2015 she took up the position Professor of Indigenous Education and Director of a new Centre for Indigenous Knowledges as the University of Technology, Sydney. Prior to this posting Michelle was the Head of Warawara – Department of Indigenous Studies at Macquarie University, Sydney. Michelle has developed an international reputation as a leading Indigenous Australian scholar whose research provides considerable insight into the area of Indigenous participation in higher education, with a specific focus on the postgraduate sector. Her current ARC funded research seeks to create a model of best practice for the supervision of Indigenous doctoral students. Michelle is passionate about developing strategies to ensure Indigenous higher education students receive culturally appropriate support throughout their academic journeys.


Professor Michelle Trudgett

Dr Dino Hodge
Historian
Email: dinohodge@hotmail.com
Dino Hodge’s research focuses on social justice and intersectionality. His publications include the oral history book Did you meet any malagas? (1993), documenting racial and sexual identities in Darwin’s gay community. His most recent book Don Dunstan, Intimacy and Liberty, is a biography of South Australia’s ground-breaking premier, and was published by Wakefield Press in 2014. Currently, Dino is editing a book of life stories and essays, Black, Queer and Trans: Perspectives of First Nations People of Australia, due for release in November 2015.


Corrinne Franklin

Corrinne Franklin
PhD Candidate and Lecturer
Department of Indigenous Studies
Macquarie University
Email: corrinne.franklin@mq.edu.au

Corrinne is an Indigenous woman from the Wiradjuri Nation, New South Wales, Australia. Her research interests are multi-disciplinary and focus broadly on experiences and effects of body and Identity in relation to Indigenous Australian people.


susan-locke

Susan Locke
Research and Project Officer
Indigenous Remote Communication Association
Email: project@irca.net.au
Website: http://www.irca.net.au

My work is in Indigenous media production in remote Indigenous communities. The work involves research and policy development that supports remote Indigenous peoples to maintain their own media organisations on-country.


 

Alice

Associate Professor Alice Te Punga Somerville
The University of Waikato
Webpage: http://www.waikato.ac.nz/staff-profiles/people/alicet

At its heart, Alice’s research is about texts by Māori, Pacific and Indigenous people. Dr Te Punga Somerville’s work is underpinned by her belief that we (Māori, Pacific and/ or Indigenous peoples) are constrained when the stories about us are limited. She therefore focus on texts as evidence, sites and foundations of stories that are far more complex than those that are told about us by other people or even those that are generally told by ourselves.

Dr Te Punga Somerville’s MA and PhD focused on Māori written literatures, and as she deliberately sought broader contexts for exploring this writing she developed a twin interest and expertise in Indigenous studies and Pacific studies. She also writes the occasional poem.

 


 

Kirstie Close-Barry

Dr Kirstie Close-Barry
Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education
Email: kirstie.closebarry@batchelor.edu.au

Dr Kirstie Close-Barry has conducted research in Australian, Fijian and Papua New Guinean histories, particularly the impact of colonial governance strategies. Her research focuses on Christian missions, and policies relating to labour and land.


Eva McRae-WilliamsDr Eva McRae-Williams
Principal Research Leader and Lecturer
Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education
Email: eva.mcrae-williams@batchelor.edu.au

Eva has worked in the Social Anthropology and Community Livelihood research space for nearly 10 years, with most of this work situated in the Northern Territory. Her research adopts ethnographic and participatory action research methodologies that strive to make visible and challenge central ontologies and build local capacity for social justice outcomes. Examples of this research approach include exploration of the cultural nature of concepts such as work and employment, an investigation into non-Indigenous perceptions of Aboriginal people living rough in Darwin, a participatory action research project on microenterprise development and Aboriginal community livelihoods in very remote Australia.


Bindi BennettDr Bindi Bennett
Lecturer
Australian Catholic University
Email: bindim.bennett@acu.edu.au

Dr Bennett is a Kamilaroi woman who is passionate and committed to her community. She is a social work lecturer at ACU and her interests include trauma, and Aboriginal people as well as increasing cultural responsiveness in social work education. Prior to her appointment with ACU, Bindi was a senior social worker in health.

 


// International Researchers

Professor Jeff BerglundJeff Berglund
Department of English
Northern Arizona University
Flagstaff, Arizona, USA
Email: jeff.berglund@nau.au

Jeff Berglund teaches comparative Indigenous film and literature. Current in-progress research focuses on contemporary Indigenous film, music and comics.

Publications include a book on Sherman Alexie and numerous American Indian authors. Jeff is also a member of the Emergent Indigenous Identities group which is a collaboration with NAU and UOW.


Mark MontoyaDr T. Mark Montoya
Lecturer, Ethnic Studies Program
Northern Arizona University
Flagstaff, Arizona, USA
Email: t.montoya@nau.edu.au
Dr Montoya is currently a Lecturer for NAU’s Ethnic Studies Program, where he regularly teaches Intro to Chicana(o) Studies. His current research critically examines the development, use, & contestation of citizenship in US-Mexico Borderlands.


Phyllis Nassi

Phyllis Pettit Nassi
Huntsman Cancer Institute
University of Utah
Saltlake City, Utah, USA
Email: phyllis.nassi@utah.edu
Web: http://www.hci.utah.edu/outreach/nativeAmerican

Phyllis Pettit Nassi, MSW, enrolled in the Otoe-Missouri Tribe and member of the Cherokee Nation, is Manager of Special Populations at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) and is currently a Ph. D. student at the University of Utah’s College of Social Work.

Phyllis presently serves on the American Indian Alaska Native National Advisory Committee, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the Advisory Board College/Graduate Horizons, is an Advocate for the American Association for Cancer Research Scientist-Survivor Program and is a member of the Patient Advocacy Committee for the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group(ACOSOG). Phyllis is the recipient of Utah’s American Indian Outstanding Manager Award, the College of Social Work’s Pete Suazo Social Justice Award and the James Garland Woolsey Memorial Award for Professional Promise in the Field of Health and Rehabilitation.


Acushla O'Carroll

Dr Acushla O’Carroll
Massey University
Auckland, New Zealand
Email: a.d.ocaroll@massey.ac.nz
Web: http://whariki.ac.nz

Acushla is of Ngaruahine Rangi, Ngati Ruanui, Te Ati Awa descent and was raised in Taranaki, Aotearoa New Zealand. Her interests are academic and community research, community development, identity and cultural preservation, and performing arts. Her recent research examines how Maori are engaging with new social networking sites, such as Facebook, Bebo, Twitter, Google+ etc, and the impact SNS is having on Maori ways of communicating (kanohi ki te kanohi).


Ricardo GuthrieDr Ricardo Guthrie
Ethnic Studies
Northern Arizona University (NAU)
Flagstaff, Arizona, USA
Email: ricardo.guthrie@nau.edu
Phone: 928 523 5946
Web: Ethnic Studies at NAU

Ricardo is interested in researching race and indigeneity from a transcultural perspective, particularly as they are perceived through media and popular culture in the U.S. and, comparatively, around the world. He is interested in how African indigeneities compare to others.


WaziyatawinDr Waziyatawin
Oyate Nipi Kte (The people shall live)
Granite Falls, Minnesota, USA
Web: http://oyatenipikte.org
Email: waziyatawin@gmail.com

Waziyatawin is a Dakota writer, teacher, and activist from the Pezihutazizi Otunwe (Yellow Medicine Village) in southwestern Minnesota. She is the author or co/editor of six volumes, including her most recent book, For Indigenous Minds Only.


Professor Michelle Harris

Professor Michelle Harris
Department of Sociology & Social Work
Northern Arizona University
Flagstaff, Arizona, USA
Email: michelle.harris@nau.edu

Michelle is the founder and convener of The Working Group on Emergent Indigenous Identities – an interdisciplinary and international network of scholars who have partnered to research and write about issues important to Indigenous peoples the world over. She has collaborated with colleagues at the University of Wollongong on a grant-funded, collaborative curriculum project centered on global Indigenous identities and has published in the area of teaching and learning in Indigenous Studies. She has also led a departmental sub-committee in developing learning outcomes associated with the internationalisation of curriculum within the sociology department at her university.