Dr Bargallie is a descendent of the Kamilaroi and Wonnarua peoples of New South Wales. Debbie is a Postdoctoral Senior Research Fellow with the Griffith Institute for Educational Research, Griffith University and is also an associate of the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research. Debbie holds a Doctor of Philosophy from the Queensland University of Technology and researches on race and racism.
Debbie also holds a Bachelor of Social Science and a Master of Social Policy and Planning. Debbie has been the recipient of the prestigious Stanner Award for her doctoral thesis manuscript. Her book Unmasking the Racial Contract: Indigenous voices on racism in the Australian Public Service (2020) was published by AIATSIS Aboriginal Studies Press in June 2020. Dr Bargallie's postdoctoral research focusses on fostering critical racial literacy as anti-racist praxis in Australian institutions to enhance understandings of race, racism and power.