Researcher biography

I am a cultural anthropologist with extensive experience in West Papua (Tanah Papua) and eastern Indonesia, and I am developing comparative research activities in Papua New Guinea. I joined UQ in 2017. From 2013-2016 I was a research fellow at the Australian National University's College of Asia and the Pacific and prior to that a postdoctoral fellow funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research in the Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Calgary. My research is ethnographic, qualitative, and collaborative, with a strong focus on health, gender and education. I have led research teams focusing on reproduction and sexuality, gender-based violence prevention, HIV education and care, and alcohol, collaborating with NGOs and universities in Indonesia. My theoretical interests are in racialisation, sovereignty, and biopolitics. I am currently writing about Indigenous humanitarianism in response to the HIV crisis in West Papua (forthcoming in the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute) and researching Indigenous Papuan experiences of antenatal care and hospital delivery, especially caesarean births (funded by a UQ grant). I am a Chief Investigator on an ARC Discovery Project led by Professor Lyn Parker (UWA) that is currently exploring vulnerabilities and resilience in Indonesia. At UQ I teach medical anthropology, anthropological theory, and Honours-level research and professional development. I currently advise HDR students researching gender, health, and violence, and I am interested in advising postgraduate anthropological research on health, especially in the Asia-Pacific region.

Some recent publications include my monograph, Dreams made small: The education of Papuan highlanders in Indonesia (Berghahn, 2018) and an article in The Contemporary Pacific called Indigenous Masculinities and the "Refined Politics" of Alcohol and Racialization in West Papua.

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