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Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Aboriginal Studies, Curtin University

Sean Gorman has studied and worked in the Indigenous Studies field for nearly 20 years. In 2004, he was awarded his doctorate and his book Brotherboys: The Story of Jim and Phillip Krakouer (Allen & Unwin Australia) which was published in 2005. A play from Brotherboys has been adapted by award-winning playwright Reg Cribb and toured nationally in July 2011.

Gorman has contributed to the national debates regarding Australian Rules Football and Indigenous participation in the code on radio, television and the print media. Gorman has just finished writing a book on the AFL’s Indigenous Team of the Century. Legends was published in August 2011 by Aboriginal Studies Press.


  • 2009–present
    Research Fellow, Centre for Aboriginal Studies, Curtin University.
  • 2007–2009
    Senior Lecuturer, Indigenous Studies Program University of Melbourne
  • 2004–2006
    Post Doctoral Research Scholar, Kurongkurl Katitjin, Edith Cowan University, Perth.


  • 2004 
    Murdoch University, Perth, Phd


  • 2011
    Legends: The AFL's Indigenous Team of the Century, Indigenous History, Football History, Biogrpahy.
  • 2008
    White Lines Black Lives, Indigenous History, Sports History.
  • 2005
    Brotherboys: The Story of Jim and Phillip Krakouer, Sport History, Indigenous History and Politics.

Grants and Contracts

  • 2010
    Review of the AFL's Vilification laws to promote community harmony and reconciliation
    Lead Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
  • 2008
    Oral History Archive - AFL Indigenous Team of the Century
    Funding Source:
    University of Melbourne
  • 2006
    Assessing the Test: Aboriginal Students and the WALNA test
    Funding Source:
    Western Australian Education and Training Council

Research Areas

  • Multicultural, Intercultural And Cross Cultural Studies (200209)
  • Psychology Not Elsewhere Classified (170199)
  • Race And Ethnic Relations (160803)