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Jon Altman

Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR)

Jon Altman

Professor Altman was foundation director of CAEPR 1990-2010 and has spent his academic career advocating for the social justice rights of Indigenous Australians for development equity: the right to be Australian citizens while simultaneously holding rights as first peoples in accord with international human law conventions and most recently the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Rachel Bloul

School of Sociology

Dr Rachel Bloul

Dr Bloul teaches, researches and publishes in the fields of racial & ethnic relations, identity politics, Islamophobia and genocide.

Katherine Curchin

Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR)

Katherine Curchin

I am a political philosopher with research interests in intercultural dialogue, the politics of cultural identity and Australian Indigenous policy. My doctoral dissertation was titled ‘The Ethics of Criticising Other Cultures’. My current ARC project is ‘Reconciling Rival Visions for Indigenous Development in Remote Australia’.

Mark Dawson

School of History

I teach a course on the history of ideas concerning human variation and the consequences of those ideas for racist discrimination in Europe and the Americas, c.1450-1950. As a specialist in seventeenth-century English history, a main interest is the "origins" debate concerning modern racism. My current research is concerned with the questions of when and why the English started to read superficial differences, such as skin colour, as evidence of innate, inherited contrasts in physical, mental, or moral capacity.

Melinda Hinkson

School of Archaelogy and Anthropology

Dr Melinda Hinkson

Melinda Hinkson is a social anthropologist with wide ranging interests in the ways images structure, mediate, enable relations between persons. She is currently an ARC Future Fellow undertaking a project entitled Place and displacement in Aboriginal Australia: A Warlpiri Visual Cultural Inquiry.

Maria Hynes

School of Sociology

Dr Maria Hynes

Maria Hynes is currently a Chief Investigator on an ARC Linkage project examining the potentials of bystander action for countering racism in a variety of social contexts. She is especially interested in exploring the subtle and often barely perceptible ways that those marked as racially different experience prejudice and in examining the equally subtle ways that racism can be countered (with a special interest in comedy as a form of enculturation to difference).

Kim Huynh

School of Politics and International Relations

Kim Huynh’s research and endeavours is concerned with how to foster a better sense of belonging for the displaced and greater understanding across civilizational divides.

Rick Kuhn

School of Sociology

Dr Rick Kuhn

Rick's publications have dealt with labour movement economic thought and class in Australia, German, Austrian and Australian politics and political economy, Marxist theory-particularly the work of Henryk Grossman- as well as the nature of the Australian Labor Party and racism in Australia. These research interests are reflected in the courses he teaches. His published work demonstrates a powerful combination of political commitment and scholarship, and he is involved in activist politics around struggles against oppression, exploitation and for socialism.

Melissa Lovell

National Centre of Indigenous Studies (NCIS)

Melissa Lovell

Dr Melissa Lovell investigates the role that ideas about risk, vulnerability and capability play in contemporary political debates about Indigenous peoples. Her research shows that Indigenous people are commonly described as incapable of managing the normal risks of life in liberal-economic societies, such as the risk of becoming unemployed or experiencing poor health. These narratives both undermine Indigenous peoples' attempts to be involved in political decision-making processes and contribute to attitudes of racism, cultural bigotry and intolerance among settler populations.

Maria Nugent

Australian Centre for Indigenous History

Maria Nugent

My research is concerned with the politics of history-making and historical memory, with a particular focus on Indigenous people’s historical remembrance, commemoration and narration in colonial Australia. I am interested in the ways in which Aboriginal people use various modes of historical storytelling to engage settler Australians in dialogue about questions of ethics, values, and morality in colonial contexts.

Katherine Reynolds

Research School of Psychology

Katherine Reynold

My research focuses on intergroup conflict and co-operation and the role of people's group identity in understanding both processes. Recent more applied work is being conducted on what works and why in building social cohesion in contexts of demographic diversity.

Simon Rice

ANU College of Law

Professor Simon Rice

I teach, research and write principally in areas of anti-discrimination law (legislative measures and related jurisprudence more than theoretical issues), human rights law (domestic law and policy as much as international mechanisms), law reform (both institutional processes and broader strategies for change), legal ethics and access to justice. I take a socio-legal approach in my research, and much of my teaching, research and writing relates closely to contemporary social issues in Australia.

Kim Rubenstein

Centre for International and Public law

Professor Kim Rubenstein

Kim Rubenstein is Professor and Director of the Centre for International and Public law and a Public Policy fellow at the ANU. Her research covers citizenship, particularly the relationship between the formal legal status and the normative understanding of membership and participation. She also works on gender and constitutional law issues.

Christine Phillips

ANU Medical School

Christine Phillips

I teach Social Foundations of Medicine at the ANU Medical School, a strand of teaching across all four years that trains students to be able to use social science to think about the medicine as a cultural system, and health and illness as culturally produced. Medicine involves the daily negotiation of difference, and my aim is that students are able to do this without prejudice or preconceptions. The teaching moves across the four years from basic social sciences, to applications in the real world particularly focusing on marginalised populations, and finally to studying their own experiences of being sick and (often) marginalised. I also was one of the developers and teach into the Master of Culture Health and Medicine.

My research focuses on organisational studies of primary health care, with a special interest on marginalised populations, particularly refugee health, which is my clinical area of practice as well.

Michael Platow

Research School of Psychology

Michael Platow

Michael Platow studies the social psychology of groups and intergroup relations. A major focus of his research has focused on the psychology of procedural, distributive, and restorative justice both within groups and between groups. A second focus of his research has examined the social psychological processes underlying marginalizing racism, a form of prejudice and discrimination in which "others" are simultaneously accepted and rejected into one's in-group.

Helen Taylor

Strategic and Defence Studies Centre

Helen Taylor

Dr Helen Taylor conducts research on nuclear deterrence and alliance politics at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre. She is also interested in conflict resolution and processes of peacebuilding in deeply divided societies, and has undertaken extensive research on intergroup relations and conflict resolution strategies in Northern Ireland.

Asmi Wood

National Centre for Indigenous Studies

Asmi Wood is a Senior Research Fellow at the National Centre for Indigenous Studies (NCIS). His areas of research include International Humanitarian Law, Terrorism, Law and Religion, Indigenous Legal issues, Native Title, Constitutional law and Indigenous spirituality. He also teaches at the ANU Law school.

Peter Tregear

School of Music

Peter Tregear

My chief research interest is in the musical culture of the Weimar republic, and in particular in the generation of musicians whose careers and lives were ruined by the rise of Fascism in Europe.  It addresses significant gaps in the historical record and cultural memory of the West, including Australia, as the cultural impact of the rise of Fascism in Europe in the first half of the twentieth century was truly global in its reach. After the Nazi seizure of power in Germany such music, and the musicians who created and performed it, were systematically suppressed. 

Dr Naomi Priest

ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods

Dr Naomi Priiest

Dr Naomi Priest’s broad research interest is to integrate social and epidemiologic methods to examine and address racial-ethnic inequalities in child and youth health and development across populations and place. This includes social epidemiology and qualitative research to understand racial-ethnic differences in child health and development and explanations for observed differences. Much of this work focuses on patterns, mechanisms and prospective influence of adverse early life exposures and stressors, including racial discrimination. She is also interested in ethnic-racial socialisation processes among children from stigmatised and non-stigmatised groups, including development of racial/ethnic attitudes, bias, stereotypes and prejudice. A third area of her research is focused on initiatives to counter discrimination and promote diversity and inclusion.

Dr Raihan Ismail

Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies

Dr Ismail's research interests include: Sectarianism in the Gulf region, Political Islam with a strong focus on Egypt and South East Asia, and studies of religious institutions in the Middle East.

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