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Cameo Dalley

Senior Lecturer, The University of Melbourne

Dr Cameo Dalley is a settler descendant and anthropologist. Her multidisciplinary research has explored Indigenous identities, belonging in contemporary Australia, native title, pastoral economies, and contemporary agribusiness. Her research relationships include to Lardil, Yangkaal and Kaiadilt people in the Wellesley Islands, Gulf of Carpentaria, and the Kimberley region of Western Australia. She is the author of 'What Now: Everyday endurance and social intensity in an Australian Aboriginal community' (2021, Berghahn), and co-editor with Dr Ashley Barnwell of 'Memory in Place: Locating colonial histories and commemoration' (2023, ANU Press). She has held academic appointments at the Australian National University, Deakin University, and the University of Melbourne where she is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Indigenous Studies Program. She is an editorial board member of the Journal of Australian Studies and her research has been funded by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies and the Attorney-General’s Department.


  • 2023–present
    Senior lecturer, University of Melbourne
  • 2022–2023
    Lecturer, University of Melbourne
  • 2018–2022
    Research Fellow, Deakin University
  • 2015–2018
    McArthur Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Melbourne
  • 2012–2015
    Research fellow, Australian National University


  • 2018 
    University of Melbourne, Graduate Certificate in University Teaching
  • 2012 
    University of Queensland, Doctor of Philosophy (Anthropology)

Professional Memberships

  • Fellow, Australian Anthropological Society