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Senior Fellow (Indigenous Programs), The University of Melbourne

Amanda Porter (Yuin, she/her) is a lecturer, researcher and community advocate based at Melbourne Law School. Amanda researches processes of criminalisation and racialisation in policing, with a special interest in police powers and police accountability law. Amanda teaches legal research, criminal law and criminology, and coordinates the Indigenous Legal Advocacy Clinic, an experiential learning subject in partnership with the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service, Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency, Kinchela Boys Home Aboriginal Corporation, the Yoo rrook Justice Commission and the National Native Title Council. Her recent and current research projects examine: the history of the police and police unions, the history of Aboriginal community safety/defence mechanisms, deaths in police custody, near misses, missing and murdered Indigenous women and children, strategic litigation and the politics of Indigenous refusal in the justice context.


  • 2018–present
    Scientia Fellow, UNSW
  • 2020–present
    Senior Fellow (Indigenous Programs), Melbourne Law School
  • 2014–2018
    Chancellor's postdoctoral fellow, Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research, UTS
  • 2010–2011
    Adjunct lecturer, Sydney Law School, University of Sydney


  • 2014 
    University of Sydney, PhD
  • 2009 
    University of Sydney, BA/LLB (Hons 1)