Directors

  • Professor Sarah Maddison
    Professor Sarah Maddison

    Sarah Maddison is Professor of Politics in the School of Social and Political Sciences, and co-Director of the Indigenous Settler Relations Collaboration. She is also Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Arts. Sarah is particularly interested in work that helps reconceptualise political relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the Australian settler state, including critical examinations of a range of relevant public policies.

    Sarah has published widely in international journals and is the author or editor of nine books including, most recently, The Colonial Fantasy: Why white Australia can’t solve black problems. Her other books in the field include The Limits of Settler Colonial Reconciliation (2016), Conflict Transformation and Reconciliation (2015), Beyond White Guilt (2011), Unsettling the Settler State (2011), and Black Politics (2009). Sarah has led numerous research projects and was an Australian Research Council Future Fellow for 2011-14, undertaking a project that examined reconciliation in Australia, South Africa, Northern Ireland, and Guatemala.

    Sarah Maddison staff profile

  • Dr Nikki Moodie
    Dr Nikki Moodie

    Dr Nikki Moodie is a Gomeroi woman, born in Gunnedah, NSW and raised in Toowoomba, Queensland. She is co-Director of the ISRC and a Senior Lecturer in Indigenous Studies and Sociology in the Faculty of Arts. Nikki has been widely recognised in the sociology of education, receiving the 2017 Betty Watts Indigenous Researcher Award from the Australian Association for Research in Education, and 2018 Best Paper in the Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education.

    Nikki holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Political Science from the University of Queensland, and a PhD in Sociology from the Australian National University. After a few misplaced years in the public service, Nikki moved into research focusing on social network analysis and identity in Indigenous contexts. Nikki continues to teach in the areas of social policy and Indigenous studies, with her main research interests in Indigeneity and governance, focusing on social networks, public policy and data production. She has most recently received a four year ARC Discovery project with colleagues from the University of Melbourne and the University of Queensland, focused on Indigenous governance and state relations.

    Nikki Moodie staff profile

Sarah Maddison and Sana Nakata, Founders of the Indigenous Settler Relations Collaboration

Professor Sarah Maddison and Associate Professor Sana Nakata
Founders of the Indigenous Settler Relations Collaboration
Photo: Phil Soliman, Telepathic Photo