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Professor Aileen Moreton-Robinson


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  • Moreton-Robinson is a key figure in the recently announced ARC Centre of Excellence for Indigenous Futures.

    She is of the Goenpul (Koenpul) people, who are part of the Quandamooka nation on Stradbroke Island in Queensland, Australia. She completed a 1st class honours degree in Sociology from the Australian National University and her doctorate from Griffith University. Her doctoral thesis was titled Talkin' up to the white woman: Indigenous women and feminism in Australia. Her thesis was subsequently published as a book in 1999 which was short-listed for the New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards and the Stanner Award for Indigenous writing.

    Moreton-Robinson taught Indigenous studies at Griffith University in Brisbane and Women's Studies at Flinders University in Adelaide. She was an Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at the Australian Studies Centre, University of Queensland. She worked at Queensland University of Technology from 2006 until 2019, becoming Professor of Indigenous Studies and Dean of Indigenous Research and Engagement. On 17 June 2016 she was the first Aboriginal Professor to be conferred the title of Distinguished Professor there. She has recently been Professor of Indigenous Research at RMIT in Melbourne, and an Indigenous Elder Scholar in Residence.

    Moreton-Robinson is the Director of the National Indigenous Research Knowledges Network, a former Council Member of the Native American Indigenous Studies Association, Executive member of National, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Education, President of Australian Critical whiteness studies Association, Member of Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, and has held positions on a number of boards, advisory committees and associations. Moreton-Robinson established and is an editor for the International eJournal of Critical Indigenous Studies.

    She has been invited to and presented at the University of Washington, University of California Los Angeles, Oberlin College, University of London, University of Geneva, University of Illinois, Dartmouth, Wesleyan University, University of Hawaii, University of Michigan and the University of Alberta.

    Moreton-Robinson developed a masterclass for Indigenous postgraduate students. The program is designed to build research skills and to improve the completion rates of Indigenous researchers. The Indigenous Research Methodologies Masterclass is the only Indigenous-designed and evidence-based model contributing to closing the education gap in Australia.

    Moreton-Robinson's research and writing has focused on the experience of Aboriginal Australians since colonial settlement and issues of race and Whiteness studies, post-colonialism, women's studies and indigenous feminism, indigenous studies, native title law and Aboriginal land rights.

    Moreton-Robinson, through her series of journal articles which were compiled to create the book The White Possessive, is considered to have made a significant contribution to the field of Indigenous Studies. Maori academic, Hemopereki Simon, refers to this collection of articles and the theory derived from them as "The White Possessive Doctrine" in his application of Moreton-Robinson's theory to Aotearoa/New Zealand.

    She was elected in 2020 as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the first Indigenous scholar from outside of the US to be chosen.