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Victoria Grieves Williams

Adjunct Professor, RMIT University

Professor Grieves Williams is Warraimaay - an Aboriginal Australian historian who has published on Aboriginal family history, slavery, activism and the history wars in Australia. The first Aboriginal BA (Hons) graduate in Australia (from the UNSW) she has had a varied career as a manager in policy and program development contexts within the Commonwealth public service, universities and as CEO of Biripi Aboriginal Medical Service.

Victoria works in interdisciplinary ways to progress the development of Indigenous knowledges, positioning Aboriginal spirituality /philosophy as the baseline for knowledge production in the academy, with a focus on establishing the values and ethics inherent in what it means to be human in a changing world. She has published critiques of public policy for Aboriginal people, identifying homo sacer in Aboriginal camps and amongst displaced Aboriginal people, as states of exception, and has thus argued for Aboriginal Sovereignty in a newly constituted Republic.

Victoria aims to establish a Healing Histories Foundation in which she will apply the Aboriginal principles of healing the wounds of history through "truth telling" from research and reuniting families separated by the vagaries of war.


  • 2019–2020
    Adjunct Professor, RMIT University


  • 2009 
    Macquarie University, PhD

Research Areas

  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Knowledge Management (080701)
  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander History (210301)
  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Cultural Studies (200201)
  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Policy (160501)