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.

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.

Professional staff

Department Administrator

Madi Day

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