PhD Candidate, Archaeology, Flinders University

I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Archaeology at Flinders University. My research is about government interventions and how they have affected concepts of identity in a remote Northern Territory Aboriginal community. To gain archaeological insight into this, I am recording how people acquire, use, and discard material culture and how that changes over time.

I have been working as an archaeologist with people from Jawoyn communities near Katherine since 2010 and have conducted annual fieldwork in the region since that time. I've lived in Barunga since June 2016 while undertaking data collection for my PhD thesis.

The focus of my Honours research was contemporary graffiti of Jawoyn Country, which explored responses to the Howard Government's Northern Territory National Emergency Response (Intervention).

Outside of academia, I have worked as a heritage consultant in parts of South Australia, Queensland and Western Australia.

Experience

  • 2012–present
    Research assistant in archaeology, Flinders University
  • 2016–present
    Tutor, Department of Archaeology, Flinders University
  • 2015–present
    PhD Candidate, Department of Archaeology, Flinders University
  • 2015–2016
    Tutor, Yunggorendi First Nations Education Centre

Education

  • 2013 
    Flinders University, Bachelor of Archaeology (Honours)

Publications

  • 2014
    'We've got better things to do than worry about Whitefella politics': Contemporary Indigenous graffiti and recent government interventions in Jawoyn Country, Australian Archaeology 78:75-83
  • 2013
    Graffiti archaeology, In C. Smith (ed) Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology
  • 2013
    John Mulvaney, In C. Smith (ed) Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology
  • 2013
    World Archaeological Congress and cultural heritage management, In C. Smith (ed) Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology

Grants and Contracts

  • 2013
    Sharing the Heritage of Prospect Hill: From Siloed Memories to Public Histories
    Role:
    Project leader
    Funding Source:
    Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Association of Consulting Archaeologists Inc. (Associate Member)
  • World Archaeological Congress (Membership Secretary; Jnr Rep for Southeast Asia and the Pacific)
  • Australian Archaeological Association
  • Anthropological Society of South Australia

Research Areas

  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Archaeology (210101)
  • Archaeology Of Australia (Excl. Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander) (210104)
  • Historical Archaeology (Incl. Industrial Archaeology) (210108)
  • Visual Cultures (190104)