Team members

  • Associate Professor Jennifer Balint
    Associate 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 the Ashworth Lecturer 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 will be 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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  • Associate Professor Julie Evans
    Associate Professor Julie Evans

    Julie Evans is an affiliate of the Indigenous Settlers Research Collaboration. Her work explores the significance of western law's relation to Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples from the late 15th century to the present with a view to fostering more lawful ways forward. She was Lead Chief Investigator (CI) on the 'Minutes of Evidence project: Promoting new and collaborative ways of understanding Australia's past and engaging with structural justice' and is currently joint CI of 'Indigenous leaders: lawful relations from encounter to treaty' (Lead CI Mark McMillan, RMIT). Her books include Sovereignty: Frontiers of Possibility (2013, co-editors Ann Genovese, Alexander Reilly, Patrick Wolfe) and Edward, Eyre, Race, and Colonial Governance (2005). Keeping Hold of Justice: Encounters Between Law and Colonialism is under review with University of Michigan Press (co-authors Jennifer Balint, Mark McMillan, Nesam McMillan).

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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). 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's 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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  • Associate Professor Chris Healy
    Associate 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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  • 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.

  • Kiernan Ironfield
    Kiernan Ironfield

    Kiernan is a Dharug man, who has completed three semesters of the Master of Economics at the University of Melbourne and has a Bachelor of Economics from ANU. Prior to starting his Masters, Keirnan worked for a number of years across three sectors; the entrepreneurial/social enterprise sector, banking and financial sector and finally in the higher education sector where he headed up the Indigenous Student Success Team at Murrup Barak. Kiernan is interested in thinking about alternate ways of operating where our lives are not dedicated to increasing the productive output and profit of an organisation.

  • 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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  • Dr Elise Klein (OAM)
    Dr Elise Klein

    Elise Klein is Senior Lecturer in Development Studies, in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne. She currently leads a research project examining the Cashless Debit Card trial in the East Kimberley and works on a grant from the British Academy's International Challenges Fund on therapeutic culture and the digital revolution. Dr Klein was a contributor to the United Nations Secretary General's High-Level Panel on Women's Economic Empowerment. Dr Klein is the author of Developing Minds: Neoliberalism, Psychology and Power (Routledge, 2017), and co-editor of Postdevelopment in Practice (Routledge, 2019) and Implementing a Basic Income in Australia: Pathways Forward (Palgrave McMillan, 2019).

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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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  • Professor Zoë Laidlaw
    Dr 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 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 Prof Elizabeth McKinley ONZM in the Graduate School of Education and appointed by Prof 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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  • Dr David Nolan
    Dr David Nolan

    David Nolan is Senior Lecturer in Media and Communication and Deputy Director of the Centre for Advancing Journalism in the School of Culture and Communication. David's work engages with processes of change in journalism, with a particular focus on their implications for the politics of race, inclusion and belonging, as well as humanitarian relations and engagement with distant 'others'. From 2011-2014 he was lead Chief Investigator (CI) on the AuSud Media Project, an ARC Linkage research project and media intervention conducted in partnership with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and Adult Multicultural Education Services (AMES). He is co-editor (with Karen Farquharson and Timothy Marjoribanks) of Australian Media and the Politics of Belonging (Anthem Press, 2018) and his work has been published in numerous leading journals, including Journal of Intercultural Studies, Journalism, Patterns of Prejudice, Media, Culture and Society and Journalism Studies.

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  • Associate Professor Juliet Rogers
    Dr 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 is a settler living on Wurundjeri land since 2017. Before moving to Melbourne she lived and worked in education in Larrakia country in the Northern Territory and Kaurna land in Adelaide, which was her first port-of-call upon arriving in Australia in 2014. Anya grew up on Coast Salish territory on the west coast of Canada, where she worked in the British Columbia treaty process for several years. After completing a Masters in Human Security and Peacebuilding in 2012, Anya worked with the United Nations Development Programme in Southeast Asia in conflict sensitivity and development coordination. Since arriving in Melbourne, Anya has worked in the Victorian Government, advising the State on the development of a Victorian treaty process. 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.