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Research Fellow (Indigenous Policy), UNSW

A proud Wiradjuri man, James is a Research Fellow in Indigenous Policy at the Centre for Social Impact at the University of New South Wales. His work at CSI has focused on the Indigenisation of higher education research & curricula, and the strong embedding of anti-racism work within for-purpose organisations. He is also committed to and working on research around Australian constitutional reform, specifically on supporting the Uluru Statement from the Heart & its call for a constitutionally-enshrined Voice to Parliament.

James also is an academic within political science & international relations. He writes and researches a number of areas in this field, including Indigenous foreign policy, civil-military relations, U.S. & Australian defence policy, and U.S. electoral politics. His current projects in this area are on U.S. Army restructuring in the post-Vietnam era, as well as 21st Century First Nations foreign policy approaches, practices, and participation.


  • 2020–present
    Visiting Fellow, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, Australian National University
  • 2020–present
    Visiting Fellow, Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, Australian National University
  • 2020–present
    Research Fellow (Indigenous Policy), Centre for Social Impact, University of New South Wales
  • 2018–2020
    Researcher, School of Political Science and International Studies, University of Queensland


  • 2022 
    Charles Sturt University, Graduate Certificate in Wiradjuri Language, Culture and Heritage
  • 2019 
    The University of Queensland, Master of International Relations
  • 2018 
    The University of Sydney, Bachelor of Political, Economic, and Social Science

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Political Science Association