Purai [meaning the world, earth: Awabakal language] is a research initiative to integrate global and transnational analytical perspectives and

PURAI
Global Indigenous and Diaspora
Research Studies Centre

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Directors

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Professor John Maynard

Co-Director
ARC Fellow
Wollotuka Institute
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Associate Professor Victoria Haskins

Associate Professor Victoria Haskins

Co-Director
ARC Fellow
School of Humanities and Social Science
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Researchers

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Associate Professor Kathleen Butler

Wollotuka Institute
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Dr Euridice Charon Cardona

Senior Research Associate
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
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Mr Michael Donovan

Lecturer
The Wollotuka Institute
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Dr Daniela Heil

Lecturer
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
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Doctor Tom Griffiths

Dr Tom Griffiths

Senior Lecturer
School of Education
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Dr Robert Imre Senior Lecturer

Dr Robert Imre

Senior Lecturer
Newcastle Business School
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Associate Professor Jim Jose

Associate Professor
Newcastle Business School
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Dr Raymond Kelly

PhD Candidate
Wollotuka Institute


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Associate Professor James Ladwig

Associate Professor
School of Education
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Dr Barry Morris

Conjoint Senior Lecturer
School of Humanities and Social Science
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Dr Sara Motta

Senior Lecturer
Newcastle Business School
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Dr Lena Rodriguez

Lecturer
School of Humanities and Social Science
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External Affiliates

Laurie BamblettDr Laurie Bamblett

Research Fellow, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

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Laurie Bamblett is a Wiradjuri researcher and author working in community development at Erambie Mission. He was awarded his PhD in 2009 from Charles Sturt University on the topic, 'Continuity and Representations of Wiradjuri Culture', and is currently a research fellow at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS). He is an Adjunct research fellow at the National Centre for Indigenous Studies at the Australian National University.

Laurie publishes on a range of topics that reflect his community development work. His research and practice investigates the relationship between identity, representation and engagement in a number of spheres, particularly cultural regeneration and Indigenous knowledge. His work aims to uncover and improve understanding of the link between representations of Indigenous identity and outcomes for Indigenous Australians. Research interests include: decolonising methodologies, cultural regeneration, Indigenous knowledge (with a focus on storytelling), archived cultural knowledge, ethical practice, representations of Indigenous identity.

Swapna Banerjee profile imageAssociate Professor Swapna Banerjee

Associate Professor, History, Brooklyn College, City University of New York

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Swapna M. Banerjee is an Associate Professor of History at Brooklyn College, The City University of New York (CUNY). Her research examines the intersection of class, gender and ethnicity in the construction of national identity in colonial India. She has received many grants and awards, including an NEH‑funded American Institute of Indian Studies Senior Research Fellowship. She is the author of Men, Women, and Domestics: Articulating Middle‑Class Identity in Colonial Bengal (Oxford University Press, 2004), a groundbreaking history of employer‑servant relationships in colonial Bengal, India. Her current research is on the history of children and childhood in colonial India. Her work has been published in Paedagogica Historica, History Compass, the Journal of Social History, American Historical Review, The Journal of Asian Studies, Gender and History, and other edited volumes.

Gary FoleyDr Gary Foley

Senior Lecturer, Moondani Balluk, Victoria University

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Gary Foleyis a senior lecturer in history at Victoria University. He has been at the centre of major political activities including the 1971 Springbok Tour, the 1972 Aboriginal Tent Embassy, 1982 Brisbane Commonwealth Games and the 1988 Bicentenary protests. He was involved in the formation of Redfern's Aboriginal Legal Service and the Aboriginal Medical Service in Melbourne. He has been a Director of the Aboriginal Health Service, Director of the Aboriginal Arts Board and Director of the Aboriginal Medical Service in Redfern.He was a consultant to the Royal Commission into Black Deaths in Custody.

His acting career began with the revue Basically Black and since then has appeared in many films and television productions including Backroads, Going Down, Buckeye and Pinto, Pandemonium, Dogs in Space, Flying Doctors and a Country Practice. In 2013 he graduated with a PhD in History at the University of Melbourne.

Jackie HugginsJackie Huggins

B.A. Hons (UQ), Dip.Ed. (Flinders), Doctor of the University Honoris Causa, AM, FAHA

Jackie Huggins is an Australian Aboriginal  author, historian  and Aboriginal rights activist  of the Bidjara Central Queensland and Birri-Gubba Juru North Queensland peoples.

She was the Deputy Director of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit, an Adjunct Professor in the School of Social Work and Human Services at the University of Queensland and a Spokesperson for Recognise.

She is a former Co-Chair of Reconciliation Australia, the former Chair of the Queensland Domestic Violence Council, and has been a member of the National Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation, the AIATSIS Council, and Co-Commissioner for Queensland for the Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal Children. In 2001 she was awarded an Australia Medal (AM) for her work with Indigenous people, particularly reconciliation, literacy, women's issues and social justice.

In 2007 Huggins was named University of Queensland Alumnus of the Year. She has published a wide range of essays and studies dealing with Indigenous history and identity. She is the author of Sistergirl (University of Queensland Press, 1998), and co-author, with Rita Huggins, of the critically acclaimed biography Auntie Rita (Aboriginal Studies Press, 1994).

Marilyn LashleyAssociate Professor Marilyn Lashley

Associate Professor of Public Policy, Department of Political Science, Howard University
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Ph.D. Behavioral Sciences, M.A. Public Policy, M.A. Education (University of Chicago)

Marilyn E Lashley is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Howard University where she teaches public policy and comparative politics in graduate and undergraduate programs in the fields of public policy. Specializations include U.S. public policy, organizational theory and comparative approaches to social justice and comparative politics in Asia-Pacific regions principally China, Australia, New Zealand and Fiji.  Key topics: indigenous rights, social justice, communal land tenure, comparative approaches to social justice.

Chris MullardProfessor Chris Mullard

Director Focus Consultancy, Chairman of the Bernie Grant Trust, Chairman of the London Notting Hill Festival, Patron of the Slavery memorial Trust and Honorary Consul general for the Republic of South Africa.

Professor Chris Mullard studied Sociology at Durham University and later completed a PhD on the political sociology of race. Mullard, whose own parents were of English and Caribbean origin, was born in England and grew up in rural Hampshire but moved to London at the age of 16. His political awareness was apparent from a very early age. When he was 15, Chris was one of the few Black people who marched on the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND). Explaining why he became politically active so young, he says: "As a young man there was the drive to enter politics because of the inequality that existed in Britain in the 1950s and 1960s. There was no independence of the Caribbean or Africa. I suppose it was inevitable that I should become a champion for justice and equality." In the 1960s, Mullard helped set up and was Secretary of the Campaign against Racial Discrimination (CARD), the organisation which was instrumental in the passing of the Race Relations Acts (UK) of 1965 and 1968. For his endeavours in the field of race relations, in 2004 he was awarded a CBE. It was during the 1960s that he met the civil rights activist, Martin Luther King. Although meeting Black leaders like King, he says, "it has been a great honour, but the most significant thing has been working for people who are discriminated against and oppressed". He is an established author, having written six books on social issues, race relations and development. His titles include "Black Britain" published in 1973 and "Race, Power and Resistance" in 1980. Formerly Professor of Education and Ethnic Studies at the University of Amsterdam, he has been a Visiting Professor at the University of London and is currently Visiting Professor at the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester.

Roger NicholsDr Roger L Nichols

PhD. American History, University of Wisconsin, Professor of History, University of Arizona

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Dr Roger L. Nichols is a professor of history and affiliate faculty in American Indian Studies at the University of Arizona. His research and teaching have focused primarily on the invasion and settlement of North America and the impacts those events had on the indigenous peoples in the USA and Canada. Author or editor of eleven books he has lectured and given papers at universities in Australia, Canada, and Western Europe as well as in the US. His recent scholarship includes: American Indians in US History (2014), The American Indian: Past and Present (2008), and Indians in the US and Canada (1998). A former president of the Pacific Coast Branch: American Historical Association (2004), he has received three Fulbright awards to Europe and one to Canada as well as three awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Venetria K PattonDr Venetria K Patton

Director, African American Studies & Research Center, Purdue University

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Dr Venetria K. Patton is Director of African American Studies and Research Center and Professor of English at Purdue University.  Patton's teaching and research focus on African American and Diasporic Women's Literature.  She is the author of Women in Chains: The Legacy of Slavery in Black Women's Fiction (SUNY, 2000), the Co-editor of Double-Take: A Revisionist Harlem Renaissance Anthology (Rutgers, 2001) and editor of Background Readings for Teachers of American Literature (Bedford/St. Martin's, 2006). 

She recently published The Grasp That Reaches Beyond the Grave: the Ancestral Call in Black Women's Texts (SUNY, 2013) and edited a second edition of Background Readings for Teachers of American Literature (2014). Her essays have appeared in Black Studies and Women's Studies journals as well as the essay collections, Postcolonial Perspectives on Women Writers From Africa, the Caribbean, and the US (Africa World Press, 2003), White Scholars/African American Texts (Rutgers UP, 2005), and Imagining the Black Female Body: Reconciling Image in Print and Visual Culture (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010).  Patton is also the editor of the fall 2011 issue of Black Women, Gender, and Familiesand co-editor of the spring 2004 issue of The Black Scholar.  She is currently conducting research on black women's speculative fiction.

Associate Professor Theresa RunstedtlerAssociate Professor Theresa Runstedtler

Associate Professor - Department of History, College of Arts & Sciences, American University, Washington D.C.

Theresa Runstedtler is a scholar of African American history whose research focuses on black popular culture and black internationalism. She is the author of Jack Johnson, Rebel Sojourner: Boxing in the Shadow of the Global Colour Line (UC Press, 2012), a book that explores the first African American world heavyweight champion's legacy as a black sporting hero and anticolonial icon in places as far-flung as Sydney, London, Cape Town, Manila, Paris, Havana, and Mexico City. Her book won the 2013 Phillis Wheatley Book Prize from the Northeast Black Studies Association. Dr. Runstedtler has also published scholarly articles in the Radical History Review and the Journal of World History, and book chapters in Escape from New York: The New Negro Renaissance Beyond Harlem, and In the Game: Race, Identity, and Sports in the Twentieth Century She offers courses on race and popular culture and African American history. She has taught at the University at Buffalo (SUNY) and at the University of Pennsylvania. Before returning to school to earn a PhD in History and African American studies at Yale University, Dr. Runstedtler started out as a professional dancer/actress and then worked in public relations for a national sports network in Toronto, Canada.

Lynette Russell profile imageProfessor Lynette Russell

Chair of Indigenous Studies, Faculty of Arts, Monash Indigenous Centre, Monash University
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Professor Lynette Russell holds the chair of Indigenous Studies at Monash University in Melbourne. Her current research interests revolve around Indigenous history, knowledge systems and agency. She is currently an Australian Research Council Professorial Fellow, and in 2014-15 she will be visiting fellow at Oxford's All Souls College.

Terry SnowballTerry Snowball

Repatriation Coordinator, National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution, Suitland, MD 20746

T: (301) 238-1554
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Terry Snowball, Wisconsin Ho-Chunk/Prairie Band Potawatomi, has worked at the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) for the past 17 years presently serving as the Repatriation Coordinator, for the Repatriation Department, serving the legislation affected by the NMAI Act and its 1996 Amendment. Throughout those years Terry has worked with many indigenous groups in the Western Hemisphere through various community initiatives related to repatriation, cultural awareness and special programming.

Ronald StephensDr Ronald Stephens

Professor of African American Studies, School of Interdisciplinary Studies, Purdue University

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Dr Ronald J. Stephens is Professor of African American Studies in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies at Purdue University. An authority on the African American resort community of Idlewild, Michigan, and local Garveyism in the United States, Stephens' research interests focus on 20th century African American culture, identity, and history in rural and urban communities, as well as Black Nationalism in North America. He is the author of Idlewild: The Rise, Decline and Rebirth of a Unique African American Resort Town(University of Michigan Press, 2013); Idlewild: The Black Eden of Michigan(Arcadia Publishing, 2001), as well as co-author of African Americans of Denver (Arcadia Publishing 2008). His essays on Idlewild and other African American Studies topics have appeared in such journals as the Journal of Black Studies, the Black Scholar, and Race and Society. In addition to serving as a media consultant on Idlewild, he is co-curator of Welcome to Idlewild, a Michigan State University Museum traveling photographic exhibition (2003-present).

Professor Stephens is currently completing three book manuscripts, Robert Franklin Williams Speaks: A Documentary History, 1925 to 1996; Black Impresario Reaching for the Stars: The Story of Larry Steele and his Smart Affairs; and in honor of the late Garvey scholar Tony Martin, an edited book on Global Garveyism.

Scott Manning-StevensScott Manning Stevens

Director Native American Studies Program, The College of Arts and Sciences, Syracuse University , NY

Formerly a visiting faculty member at the University of Notre Dame, while teaching at Notre Dame, Stevens simultaneously served as the director of the Newberry Library's D'Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies in Chicago. Stevens, a citizen of the Akwesasne Mohawk nation, holds a Ph.D. and master's degree from Harvard University. A highly sought-after educator, Stevens has taught at a number of universities, including Harvard, Arizona State and SUNY Buffalo. He was awarded a Ford Postdoctoral Fellowship at Brown University and held a number of fellowships at major archives. Stevens has lectured broadly throughout the United States and internationally. Stevens' primary areas of interest include diplomatic and cultural strategies of resistance among North American Indians in the face of European and American settler colonialism, as well as the political and aesthetic issues that surround museums and the indigenous cultures they put on display. Stevens is also preparing to publish a book-length research project titled "Indian Collectibles: Encounters, Appropriations, and Resistance in Native North." In his role as NAS program director, Stevens will develop and grow the program, build and manage the curriculum, advise students and teach undergraduate courses.

Michael WilliamsMichael Williams

Michael Williams was the University of Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies unit director 1992-2010. He is a member of the Goorang Goorang Aboriginal community from the country between Gladstone and Bundaberg in southeast Queensland.

Michael has served with distinction as an AIATSIS councillor and on the Special Broadcasting Services (SBS) Board.

Michael is a fully initiated Indigenous man with a long career in public and higher education management and teaching. His academic interests include Indigenous language, cross cultural communication, Indigenous knowledge and history. Drawing on over 30 years of experience in teaching within the higher education sector, as well as his high profile advisory roles he was a member of the Aboriginal historians for the bicentennial history 1788–1988 working party that also included Wayne Atkinson, Marcia Langton and Doreen Wanganeen.

He holds a Master of Philosophy degree from Griffith University.