Team members

  • Associate Professor Jennifer Balint
    Assoc. Professor Jennifer Balint

    Jennifer Balint is Associate Professor in Socio-Legal Studies and is currently Head of Discipline, Criminology. Her research expertise is in the area of state crime, genocide and access to justice, with a focus on the constitutive function of law in societies and transitional justice. Her monograph, Genocide, State Crime and the Law. In the Name of the State, is a legal and socio-political analysis of the capacity of law to address genocide and other forms of state crime, law's relationship to reconciliation, and the role of law in the perpetration of these crimes. She co-established the Minutes of Evidence project, a collaboration between Indigenous and non-Indigenous researchers, education experts, performance artists, community members, government and community organisations that aims to spark public conversations about structural justice and how understanding the relationship between the colonial past and the present can bring about just futures. For more information please see the Minutes of Evidence project website.

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  • Dr Ashley Barnwell
    Dr Ashley Barnwell

    Dr Ashley Barnwell is Senior Research Fellow in Sociology in the School of Social and Political Sciences. Her work focuses on sociological aspects of emotion, memory, and narrative, and is anchored in the sociology of the family. In addition to more traditional qualitative approaches, she is interested in the role of life writing, literature, personal archives, and oral history in sociological research. Ashley is working on two current projects. The first is a study of how contemporary Australian novelists, such as Kate Grenville and Kim Scott, are using their own family histories to deal with social questions of intergenerational trauma and historical responsibility. This has been published as a book, Reckoning with the Past: Family Historiographies in Postcolonial Australian Literature (with Joe Cummins, Routledge 2019). Her other project, 'Family Secrets, National Silences', is a qualitative study of intergenerational family secrets in settler colonial Australia.

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  • Dr Lou Bennett
    Dr Lou Bennett

    Yorta Yorta Dja Dja Wurrung, Dr Lou Bennett OAM is a former member of the internationally acclaimed music trio Tiddas. Bennett is a consummate performer, playing audiences worldwide, and a collaborator with the ISRC.

    Bennett is a prolific songwriter/composer and during her ten years with Tiddas (1990-2000) penned some of the group's signature songs. Bennett's work stretches over a vast area within the Arts industry throughout the past thirty years including her various roles as Performer, Songwriter, Musical and Artistic Director, Composer, Actor, Soundscape and Music Designer and Educator. In 2006 Bennett was one of the co-founders of the Black Arm Band and contributing to all productions by the company. Bennett completed her PhD by project at RMIT Melbourne in October 2015. Bennett's dissertation discusses the importance and relevance of Aboriginal language retrieval, reclamation and regeneration through the medium of the Arts to community health and wellbeing and explores the importance of Indigenous epistemology, methodology and pedagogy in artistic and academic contexts. Bennett uses her own languages of Yorta Yorta and Dja Dja Wurrung, extending to other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages that can be retrieved, reclaimed and regenerated through songs, stories and performances. Bennett received a McKenzie award in 2017 to research the obstacles and ethical issues related to retrieving and transmitting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages and continues to further her research program 'Sovereign Language Rematriation Through Song Pedagogy' after being awarded a Westpac Research Fellowship for 2020. Dr Bennett was inducted onto the Victorian Women's Honour Roll for 2017 and accepted the award of member of the Order of Australia (OAM) in 2018

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  • Professor Karen Farquharson
    Professor Karen Farquharson

    Karen Farquharson is Professor of Sociology and Head of the School of Social and Political Sciences at The University of Melbourne. Her research explores the sociology of racism, migration, media and sport from a critical race theory perspective. Recent research projects include: Participation versus performance: Managing (dis)ability, gender and cultural diversity in junior sport, the AuSud Media Project, and the Koorie Energy Efficiency Project (KEEP) (5.4Mb pdf). Her most recent books are the co-edited collections Australian Media and the Politics of Belonging (2018) and Relating Worlds of Racism: Dehumanisation, Belonging, and the Normativity of European Whiteness (2018).

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  • Professor Kirsty Gover
    Professor Kirsty Grover

    Professor Kirsty Gover is Programme Director, Indigenous Peoples in International and Comparative Law. Her research addresses the law, policy, and political theory of Indigenous rights and law. She is interested in the transformative promise of Indigenous legal theory, and in its importance in settler-state political theory and international law. Professor Gover is the author of Tribal Constitutionalism: States, Tribes and the Governance of Membership (Oxford University Press, 2011) and is working on a book entitled When Tribalism Meets Liberalism: Political Theory and International Law (Oxford University Press), examining the ways in which Indigenous self-governance influences the development of international law. She is the law school's Associate Dean (Indigenous Recognition) and Chair of the MLS Reconciliation and Recognition Committee.

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  • Assoc. Professor Chris Healy
    Assoc. Professor Chris Healy

    Chris Healy teaches Cultural Studies at the University of Melbourne. He has worked at the University of Technology, Sydney, and held visiting fellowships at the Humanities Research Centre, ANU, the Centre for Cultural Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz and was a long-time External Academic Advisor in the Department of Cultural Studies, Lingnan University, Hong Kong. His research work on social memory has considered relationships between Indigenous history and settler-colonialism in Australia, and some of the predicaments of postcolonial culture more generally. His first efforts in this field appeared in the UK-based journal, Oral History (1991) with latter essays in Postcolonial Studies (1999), Oxford Companion to Aboriginal Art and Culture (2000), Body Trade: captivity, cannibalism and colonialism in the Pacific (2001), Culture in Australia: policies, publics and programs (2001), ACH: The Journal of the History of Culture in Australia (2007). That period of work culminated in his 2008 monograph, Forgetting Aborigines, UNSW Press.

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  • Dr Melitta Hogarth
    Dr Melitta Hogarth

    Dr Hogarth is a Kamilaroi woman and Senior lecturer in Indigenous Education at the University of Melbourne. Melitta taught for almost 20 years in all three sectors of the Queensland education system specifically in Secondary education. Melitta's interests are in education, equity and social justice. Melitta recently completed her PhD where she critically analysed Australian Indigenous education policy.

    Melitta's interests are in education, equity and social justice. Her PhD titled "Addressing the rights of Indigenous peoples in education: A critical analysis of Indigenous education policy" was awarded both the QUT and Faculty of Education Outstanding Thesis Awards and was awarded the Ray Debus Award for Doctoral Research in Education.

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  • Julia Hurst
    Julia Hurst

    Julia Hurst has a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Indigenous and Development Studies and a Masters of Urban Planning. She has worked as a social and cultural planner and social researcher. Her interests lie in storytelling, social justice and the arts, and she has successfully merged these projects over the years on main stage and community theatre, arts and cultural projects in Melbourne, Geelong and Western Sydney. She was a member of the ARC Linkage Project (USyd and ANU) Deepening Histories of Place: Exploring Indigenous Landscapes of National and International Significance and during this project she directed and authored an enhanced e-book entitled At the Heart of it: Place stories across Darug and Gundungurra Lands: A downloadable history. She is now completing her PhD: 'Re-imagining identities: Aboriginal people on Darug and Gundungurra lands' at ANU.

  • Natalie Ironfield
    Natalie Ironfield

    Natalie (she/her) belongs to the Dharug nation and has been living on Wurundjeri land since 2013. Natalie is a Teaching Specialist in Politics and Criminology in the School of Social and Political Sciences. Additionally, Natalie works as an educator teaching into the Bachelor of Arts Extended at Trinity College. Natalie's research focuses on the relationship between settler-colonialism and Indigenous hyper-incarceration and explores alternative responses to harm, which seek to move beyond the carceral state.

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  • Jacynta Krakouer
    Jacynta Krakouer

    Jacynta Krakouer (BSc, MSW, MSP Melb) is a Noongar Aboriginal lecturer and researcher in the Department of Social Work at the University of Melbourne. Currently undertaking her PhD with the Department, Jacynta's teaching and research expertise centres on child and family welfare, with a particular focus on Indigenous Australians. Her PhD explores Indigenous understandings of cultural connection for Indigenous Australian children in out of home care in Victoria.

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  • Dr Ligia (Licho) López López
    Dr Ligia (Licho) López López

    Ligia (Licho) López López is a Queer Caribbean academic residing and learning as an uninvited guest in Narrm (Melbourne, Australia). She is a Lecturer at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne. Her research, drawing from the histories of dispossession and Black and Brown rising, interrogates what the notion of diversity does in the social world (diverse from what?). Licho investigates Bla(c)k and Brown youth affect as curricular trans-formation. At the moment she is playing with global histories of marroonage as Black future making in the 21st century. Licho is the author of The Making of Indigeneity, Curriculum History and the Limits of Diversity (Routledge, 2018). Her work has appeared in Race Ethnicity and Education, The British Journal of Sociology of Education, Discourse, and Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy, among others. She is currently working on two books under contract with Routledge entitled Taking place: Indigenous perspectives on future(s) and learning(s) (with Gioconda Coello), and Migrating Americas: Interrogating the relations between migration and education in the South (with Ivón Cepeda and Maria Emilia Tijoux). Licho’s work strives to challenge the colonial frontiers of exploration in order to create educational futures that grow antibrown and antiblack racism free social worlds.

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  • Dr Sophie Rudolph
    Dr Sophie Rudolph

    Dr Rudolph is a non-Indigenous Australian, with a long-standing interest in exploring issues of social justice, diversity and equity in education and, in particular, the impact that colonial history has on present day inequalities in Australia. These interests frame Sophie's teaching and research practices. Her research includes sociological and historical examinations of education and investigates issues of curriculum, pedagogy and politics in education, policy and practice. Her work is informed by critical and post-structuralist theories and aims to offer opportunities for working towards social change.

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  • Professor Zoë Laidlaw
    Profesor Zoë Laidlaw

    Zoë Laidlaw joined the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne in September 2018 as a professorial fellow, having previously worked at Royal Holloway University of London (2005-2018) and the University of Sheffield (2001-2005). Her research concerns Britain's empire and colonies in the early and mid-nineteenth century, with a particular focus on imperial networks, humanitarianism, governance, colonial knowledge, settler societies, human rights, Indigenous protection and Indigenous dispossession. She has worked on the colonial histories of Australia, British North America, South Africa, New Zealand, India and the Caribbean. Zoë is also interested in the connections between colonial histories and present-day attempts at conciliation between colonising and colonised populations.

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  • Professor Adrian Little
    Professor Adrian Little

    Adrian Little is Pro Vice Chancellor (International) and Professor of Political Theory at the University of Melbourne. He has published six monographs including, most recently, Enduring Conflict: Challenging the Signature of Peace and Democracy (Bloomsbury, 2014) as well as many journal articles and book chapters. In 2013, along with Mark McMillan, Paul Muldoon, Juliet Rogers, Erik Doxtader and Andrew Schaap, he received an ARC Discovery Grant for the project 'Resistance, Recognition and Reconciliation in South Africa and Northern Ireland - Lessons for Australia'. Adrian is currently Pro Vice Chancellor International at the university and has responsibility for developing the international component of the university's Reconciliation Action Plan.

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  • Dr Nikki Moodie
    Dr Nikki Moodie

    Dr Nikki Moodie is a Gomeroi woman, born in Gunnedah, NSW and raised in Toowoomba, Queensland. She is a Senior Lecturer in Indigenous Studies in Sociology in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne. 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. She is an Editor of the Critical Race & Whiteness Studies journal, and on the Editorial Board of Health Sociology Review.

    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 early in her career, Nikki moved into research focusing on social network analysis and identity in Indigenous education. Whilst completing her PhD, Nikki developed Indigenous Policy and Indigenous Studies subjects at RMIT, working into the Masters of Social Policy program there. Following her move to the University of Melbourne, Nikki was mentored by Professor Elizabeth McKinley ONZM in the Graduate School of Education and appointed by Professor Ian Anderson AO as the inaugural Research Fellow in Indigenous Research, and Academic Convenor of the Hallmark Indigenous Research Initiative.

    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 capital, public policy and data production.

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  • Associate Professor Juliet Rogers
    Assoc. Professor Juliet Rogers

    Juliet Rogers is an Associate Professor in Criminology in the School of Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne. She specialises in the study of trauma, specifically its psychological, legal and political manifestations and effects. From 2012-16 she was an Australian Research Council DECRA fellow examining the 'Quality of Remorse' after periods of political and military conflict in Australia, Northern Ireland and South Africa. Prior to her academic career she was a youth worker, manager and trauma therapist. She holds an ongoing Visiting Fellowship at the University of Bologna, TRaMe center for the study of trauma. She published widely in the field of law, trauma and conflict. In 2013 she published Law's Cut on the Body of Human Rights: Female Circumcision, Torture and Sacred Flesh and is finalising a monograph on The Quality of Remorse.

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  • Anya Thomas
    Anya Thomas

    Anya Thomas is Phd candidate in the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Melbourne. She has an MA and Human Security and Peacebuilding from Royal Roads University in Victoria, Canada and has worked in treaty negotiations, conflict sensitivity and intergovernmental relations in Canada, Nepal, Cambodia and Australia. Her research interests include Indigenous diplomacy, cooperative governance and self-determination. Anya is a recipient of the University of Melbourne Human Rights Scholarship and commenced her Phd in March 2019.

  • Janelle Young
    Janelle Young

    Janelle Young is a Doctoral student with the Indigenous Settler Relations Collaboration. Janelle is from Canada, where she spent the past six years working on a variety of community-based research initiatives related to Indigenous health and wellbeing. She holds masters degrees in Social Work and Anthropology. Her masters thesis explored the politics of reconciliation in Mi'kmaw territory in Nova Scotia, Canada. She currently works in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child and family safety wellbeing policy.