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Jesse is a lecturer in Management. Prior to his appointment at Victoria University of Wellington, Jesse held a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Multimodal Research Centre at Auckland University of Technology.

He takes a multimodal perspective, exploring how people use their bodies, environments, and objects in interaction. His most recent publications develop theoretical/methodological tools for multimodal analysis, in particular relating to agency and intersubjectivity. Jesse is also the editor of the Oxford Bibliographies entry on Multimodal Discourse Analysis.

Jesse develops practical applications of his work, and was awarded the Beeby Fellowship in 2014 to develop a resource for schools to train peer tutors. He also works with community and iwi groups to support education and capability development initiatives, and received a Curious Minds grant in 2017 to support this work.