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Jessa Rogers

First Nations Senior Research Fellow, Queensland University of Technology

Dr Jessa Rogers CF GAICD MAIATSIS is a Wiradjuri researcher, educator and board director with over fifteen years of teaching experience in schools and tertiary education. Jessa’s research focuses on Indigenous research methods and methodologies, and Indigenous peoples’ experiences of education.

Jessa holds positions of First Nations Senior Research Fellow, and Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Early Career Research (DECRA) Fellow (DE230100140) in the Digital Media Research Centre (DMRC) at QUT. She was the founding principal of Australia’s first boarding school for Indigenous young mothers and babies in Far North Queensland. She has been a Fulbright Scholar (Harvard University), a Churchill Fellow, and was awarded a National NAIDOC Award for her contributions to Indigenous girls’ education. Jessa’s research draws attention to the voices of Indigenous students, with a specific focus on Indigenous boarding school experiences in Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii and mainland USA.

Jessa is the Managing Director of Baayi Consulting. She serves on the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, St Philip's College (Alice Springs), the Wesley Mission Queensland Board, and the Pearson First Nations Advisory Board. Jessa is a member of the ACCAN Indigenous Steering Committee, and serves on the Aboriginal Australian Studies Journal Editorial Board, among other boards and committees.


  • –present
    First Nations Senior Research Fellow, Queensland University of Technology


  • 2018 
    ANU, PhD, Indigenous Studies