ACRAWSA Executive Committee

President 

Alana Lentin is Associate Professor in Cultural and Social Analysis at the Western Sydney University. She works on the critical theorization of race, racism and antiracism.  She is co-editor of the Rowman and Littlefield International book series, Challenging Migration Studies. Her latest books are Racism and Sociology (with Wulf D. Hund 2014) and The Crises of Multiculturalism: Racism in a Neoliberal Age (with Gavan Titley, 2011). Her articles have appeared in Ethnic and Racial Studies, European Journal of Social Theory, the European Journal of Cultural Studies, and Patterns of Prejudice. www.alanalentin.net.

Vice President

Yassir Morsi is a lecturer in the Department of Politics and Philosophy at La Trobe University. His first book, Radical Skin/Moderate Masks: De-radicalising the Muslim and Racism in Post-racial Societies was published by Rowman and Littlefield International in August 2017. He is a columnist for The Guardian.

 


Treasurer

Sharlene Leroy-Dyer is a descendant of the Gadigal, Guringai, Wiradjuri and Dhurag peoples, born in Sydney, NSW.  Sharlene has a Doctor of Philosophy (Management) from the University of Newcastle, Bachelor of Business (Hons) from the University of Newcastle, and a Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Research and Leadership from the University of Melbourne. Sharlene is employed by the University of Newcastle as the Program Convenor for Yapug. Yapug is a pathway program designed to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people gain skills for entry into undergraduate degrees at the University of Newcastle. Sharlene’s research areas are:  Closing the Gap on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment disadvantage, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander  Labour market disadvantage, Aboriginal employment in Corporate Australia, Critical Indigenous Studies and Indigenous Enabling Pedagogies.

Secretary

Alissa Macoun completed her PhD in Political Science at the University of Queensland in 2012. Her thesis examined discourses about Aboriginality deployed by advocates and architects of the Commonwealth Government’s 2007 intervention in Northern Territory Indigenous communities. Alissa works mainly in the area of Australian Indigenous policy, with interests in Indigenous-settler politics, settler colonialism and questions of sovereignty.  She is also interested in critical race and whiteness studies, gender and sexuality politics, contemporary Australian politics and national identity, and in Queensland politics.

Postgrad Representative

Fi Belcher is a white, non-Indigenous woman living and studying on Wurundjeri Country. She is currently undertaking her PhD with the Melbourne Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne. Her research is focused on how sustainability discourses operate in secondary school curriculum, in relation to the Indigenous perspectives cross curriculum priority.