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Associate Professor Theresa Petray

Head, Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

Theresa is a sociologist with expertise in social movements, social change, and the ways people who are seemingly marginalised exercise power. Her current research focuses primarily on First Nations self-determination through Indigenous nation-building and economic development.

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Dr Brock Bergseth

ARC DECRA Research Fellow

Brock's work seeks to understand and influence human behaviour (especially poaching) to bolster conservation outcomes. As a multidisciplinary conservation scientist, he blends psychological, ecological, economic, and cognitive science approaches to understand the nature and implications of human interactions with marine ecosystems.

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Dr Florence Boulard

Senior Lecturer, Humanities and Education

Florence is passionate about languages, cultures and teaching. She lectures in Humanities and Education. She is the Director of the Academy of Modern Languages program. Florence’s research interests are focused on an aspiration to develop a Pacific literate nation and build stronger internationally minded communities.

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Dr Claire Brennan

Senior Lecturer, History

Claire is a Senior Lecturer in History and an active researcher in environmental history. Claire is currently working on the Coral Discovery Project and is engaged in digitally mapping all the European scientific voyages that entered the Pacific between 1768 and 1834.

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Dr Nigel Chang

Lecturer, Archaeology

Nigel is passionate about Southeast Asia and has been committed to working at the Nong Nor site in Thailand since he first visited the region. Nigel enjoys running the honours field school in Townsville and his research projects include investigating long-term changes in society and environment in Northeast Thailand.

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Dr Mark David Chong

Associate Professor, Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies

Dr Mark has published on criminal justice social work, crime and mental health, prisons, youth justice, crime prevention, maritime piracy, and policing, in high-quality journals and edited books. These include Crime and Delinquency; Criminal Justice and Behavior; Criminal Justice Review, Criminology and Criminal Justice; Cambridge University Press, SAGE Publications, and Springer.

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Associate Professor Allison Craven

A/Professor, English and Screen Studies

Allison teaches Gothic fiction, and children’s literature. Author of two monographs from her research on fairy tale, gothic narrative, and Australian Cinema, she is co-editor of (forthcoming): Monstrous Beings and Media Cultures (Amsterdam UP); and Gothic in the Oceanic South (Routledge); and an editor of Anthem’s Film and Culture series.

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Associate Professor Simon Foale

A/Professor, Anthropology

Simon teaches anthropology, including political ecology and the anthropology of development. Simon’s research interests include sustainable and equitable coastal fishery management; countering neo-colonial environmental conservation policies and practices; the drivers of global economic inequality (contemporary and historical); and the role of local environmental knowledge in sustainable resource management.

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Associate Professor Amy Forbes

A/Prof Amy Forbes, Humanities and Social Sciences

Amy is an Associate Professor of Communication (Humanities). An experienced journalist, she has produced television news documentaries and public affairs programs. Amy’s research interests are varied and include media history and censorship, curriculum and pedagogy, mental health, juvenile justice, and gaming and social capital formation.

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Dr Anna Hayes

Senior Lecturer, Politics and International Relations

Anna is a Senior Lecturer in Political Science and a Senior Research Fellow at the East Asia Security Centre. Anna specialises in traditional and non-traditional threats to security, with research interests including the Belt and Road Initiative, Xi Jinping’s China Dream, the Uyghur crisis, Australia-China relations, AUKUS and the Quad.

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Professor Rosita Henry

Promotional Chair, Anthropology Lecturer

Rosita is an anthropologist and an active member of multiple research groups. Her research is focused on the political economy of public performances, cultural festivals, gender in development, coloniality and decoloniality, and museums, heritage and land tenure conflict in Australia, Papua New Guinea, and the wider Pacific region.

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Tahnee Innes

Lecturer, Anthropology

Tahnee's an Anthropologist and Yawuru woman from Broome, WA. Her research interests include Socio-Political Landscapes, Indigenous Cultural Heritage, Native Title Anthropology, and Decolonising Museum Practice. Her work as a researcher on the ARC Land, Language and Heritage project led to doctorate research about Indigenous-led curating in the North Queensland rainforest.

Dr Tianna Killoran

Associate Lecturer

Tianna is a historian who researches the history of Japanese migrant communities in North Queensland. She has published her research on topics including Japanese migrant businesswomen as well as Nikkei communities in Northern Australia’s past. Tianna’s research interests include Australian history, Northern Australia, gender and migration history.

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Associate Professor Victoria Kuttainen

A/Professor, English and Writing

Victoria is an Associate Professor who holds a PhD in Postcolonial Literature, a Master of Arts and BA Honours in English, and a Graduate Diploma in Teaching. She has published over 40 journal articles, two monographs, and is an emerging creative writer. Her interests include colonialism, geography, and Australian literature.

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Dr Jacqueline Lau

Senior Research Fellow

Jacqui’s research investigates connections between morality, justice and environmental change in coastal and fishing communities. Her work is interdisciplinary, and has involved small-scale fishing communities in Papua New Guinea and The Gambia. Her current work seeks to understand the changes and challenges facing people along the Great Barrier Reef.

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Dr Emma Maguire

Lecturer, English/Writing

Emma’s research and teaching explores life writing, gender and digital media. She also teaches creative writing, and is passionate about how the stories we tell shape our lives and identities. She is currently researching women's narratives of youth sexual trauma after #MeToo.

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Dr Madeline McAllister

Senior Lecturer, Senior Curator, Maritime Archaeology

Maddy is a Maritime Archaeologist, a commercial diver, curator, and a coxswain with a passion for wooden ship construction and site formation processes, specifically in reef environments. Maddy’s research interests include shipwrecks, underwater archaeology, the Great Barrier Reef, science communication, underwater visualisation, and maritime heritage.

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Dr Liam Moore

Lecturer, International Politics and Policy

Liam holds a PhD in International Relations and has a strong research interest in issues of climate change, human mobility, Pacific Island state policies, and the agency of small states more broadly. In addition, Liam works with theories of norms and constructivism, particularly around ideas of contestation, uncertainty, and change.

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Associate Professor Nick Osbaldiston

A/Professor, Sociology

Nick is a sociologist with interests in internal migration, lifestyle migration, social theory and the sociology of place. He has published widely in these areas and recently collaborated with colleagues across Australia to understand counter-urban trends. Nick teaches qualitative and quantitative methods, sociological theory, digital sociology and migration studies.

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Associate Professor Roger Osborne

Lecturer, English and Writing

Roger is an award-winning textual scholar and scholarly editor in the field of literary studies. His research is published widely, and he is a contributing editor for the Cambridge Edition of the Works of Joseph Conrad. Roger’s research interests include Australian literature, print culture, digital humanities, and print technologies.

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Professor Koen Stapelbroek

Professor of Humanities and Dean, College of Arts, Society and Education

Koen's teaching and research focus is on the history of politics and global aspects of political economy and trade. He is passionate about developing research (as well as teaching) that places social, cultural, economic and political change in North Queensland from the 18th century onwards in wider perspectives on regional (Indo-Pacific), tropical and global development.

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Professor Hallam Stevens

Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies

Hallam’s teaching and research are focused on the global histories of science, technology, and medicine and on the relationships between science, technology and society. As an interdisciplinary scholar, Hallam has extensive experience in building collaborations and projects that encompass humanities, social science, engineering, and natural science disciplines.

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Dr Elizabeth Smyth

Research Associate, Roderick Centre for Australian Literature & Creative Writing

Elizabeth is a writer and researcher with a focus on literary representation and experience of place. She is also a book reviews editor for JASAL: Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature. Elizabeth's research interests include regionalism, georgic studies, ecocriticism, and creative-practice research.

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Professor Sean UIm

Distinguished Professor, Archaeology

Sean is a professional Anthropological Archaeologist, who is an expert in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander coastal and island archaeology. He is highly regarded for his coordination of large-scale, multidisciplinary projects, and research approach. Sean has been extensively published including over 150 articles on Australian archaeology and 5 books.

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Dr Anna Willis

Senior Lecturer, Archaeology

Anna is a bioarchaeologist who specialises in the analysis of ancient human skeletal remains from archaeological sites in Southeast Asia. Her teaching and research emphasise the importance of humanising skeletal remains to understand the lived experience of people, whether they are from the present or the past.

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Dr Zoe Wang

Lecturer, Development Studies

Zoe is a Lecturer in Development Studies. Human geographer by training, she is an interdisciplinary expert on environmental politics, agrarian change and rural development. She has extensive fieldwork experience in China, Australia, Taiwan and Sri Lanka.

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