Our people

Our people


Head of Department

Professor Bronwyn Carlson

Prof. Bronwyn Carlson's research interests include Indigenous identities, Digital Indigenous Humanities and Global Indigeneity. She is the recipient of the 2013 Stanner award administered by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies for her Doctoral thesis on the politics of Indigenous identity. She has been awarded two consecutive solo ARC Discovery Indigenous grants focussing on Indigenous identity and community online on social media.

Academic staff

Josephine Bourne - Lecturer

Josephine Bourne is a mainland Torres Strait Islander, born in Townsville, North Queensland.  She is a Gumulgal woman of Mabuiag Island through her father's ancestral line with links to Moa Island. On her mothers line Josephine's ancestry links to Badu, Mer and Dawar Islands. Her research interests are multi-disciplinary and focus on governance, leadership and organisational development by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples. Josephine's knowledges stem from her professional experiences in national Indigenous governance, organisational development and Indigenous youth leadership development.  Her focus areas in Indigenous Studies include Indigenous politics, Indigenous leadership, Indigenous knowledges and Indigenous knowledge production practice.

Tristan Kennedy - Lecturer

Tristan Kennedy is a Noongar Australian born on Kaurna Country in South Australia. He is a sociologist with interests in gender and sexuality, Indigenous studies, heavy metal music, and online social spaces. He also has a special interest in working to improve Indigenous Australian experiences of education.

Andrew Farrell - Lecturer

Andrew Farrell is a Wodi Wodi person from Jerrinja Aboriginal community on the South Coast of NSW. Their research interests are based in Indigenous Studies, gender and sexuality, and new media. Their current research focus is on Indigenous LGBTIQ identities, digital communities and social media. The aim of their research is to locate Indigenous gender and sexually diverse peoples in contemporary Australia and to situate Aboriginal perspectives into the emergent field of Queer Indigenous Studies.

Ryan Frazer - Associate Research Fellow

Ryan Frazer is working as an associate research fellow exploring social media and help-seeking practices in Indigenous communities. He is completing his PHD in geography, using the work of Deleuze and Guattari to look at volunteering, refugee resettlement and the politics of care.

Madi Day

Madi Day - Departmental Administrator & Research Associate

Madi Day is a Departmental Administrator and Research Associate in the Department of Indigenous Studies at Macquarie University. Their research and advocacy work is focused on empowering Gender & Sex Diverse Indigenous peoples and Indigenous Sex Workers. They descend from the Yuin peoples of South Coast, New South Wales and the Gugu-Yalandji people of Far North Queensland.

Our Tutors, Research Assistants & Cadets

Simon Jovanovic

Simon Jovanovic - Tutor

Simon Jovanovic is a member of the Walbunja nation of the far south coast New South Wales and is a Thought Leader in Aboriginal employment policy research and practice. Simon is of Aboriginal and Serbian heritage.  Currently a PhD Candidate at Macquarie University, based with the Department of Indigenous Studies, Simon worked in Aboriginal Identified positions across the New South Wales Government from 2009 to 2018, providing advice and support for Aboriginal programs and services.  A member of the National Congress of Australia’s First People, Gandangarra Local Aboriginal Land Council, Batemans Bay Local Aboriginal Land Council and Redfern Aboriginal Corporation, Simon is an advocate and ambassador for the economic development and advancement of Australian First Peoples.

Zac Roberts

Zac Roberts -

Zac is a Murri man raised on Dharawal country on the South Coast. His research interests involve the relationship between Indigenous communities and archaeology, including how history, Indigenous knowledges, and archaeological science and technology combine to inform interpretations and understandings. He is currently completing the Masters of Research program in the Department of Indigenous Studies, focusing on the archaeology of rock art sites in the NSW region.


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