Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) — English Literatures

Thesis — The Political Limits of the Conscious MC Brand: Ladi6, Urthboy and K'naan, University of Wollongong, 2019

Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) — English Literatures

Thesis — Pacific Hip Hop: Time Remixed, University of Wollongong, 2007

Bachelor of Creative Arts (Distinction) — Creative Writing

University of Wollongong, 2006

Publications

Refereed Journal Articles

"The Edge of Ladyspace: Ladi6 and the Political Limits of Self-Branding"

MediaNZ: Media Studies Journal of New Zealand. Vol. 15, No. 1, 2015. Special Issue: music/media/politics. https://doi.org/10.11157/medianz-vol15iss1id127

“African Drumming in Australia: White Men Can't Drum?”

Kunapipi, 30(2), 2008

Book Reviews

“Review: Rewired: Understanding the iGeneration and the way they learn.”

Special Issue: Digital Technologies and Educational Integrity. International Journal of Educational Integrity.(6): 2 Dec 2010. 64-6

Awards

UPA PhD Scholarship

Faculty of Arts, University of Wollongong, 2008

Honours Scholarship

Faculty of Arts, University of Wollongong, 2007

Deans Merit List

Faculty of Arts, University of Wollongong, 2004, 2006

Deans Merit List

Faculty of Creative Arts, University of Wollongong, 2005, 2006

Conference Activity

“Conversational Flow: Music as Interactional Resource”

(With Dr. Andrew Whelan). International Association for the Study of Popular Music - Australia and New Zealand Chapter Conference, 5 - 7 December, 2012

“Conscious Flow and the MC Brand”

International Association for the Study of Popular Music - Australia and New Zealand Chapter Conference, 5 - 7 December, 2012

“Hip Hop Identity Remixed: Urthboy, Ladi6 and K’Naan”

Revise: The Art and Science of Remix Cultures. 2 - 3 December, 2010

“Pacific Hip Hop: Ladi6”

The Big Island: Promoting Contemporary Art and Craft in Australia, 23 - 24 November, 2009

Teaching Experience

Subject Coordinator and Lecturer

Australian Content, Global Context

Media and Communication Studies, Faculty of Arts, University of Wollongong, 2013 - 2014

Occasional Lecturer

"Hip Hop as a Global Popular Culture"

2011- 2013: Transnational Media and Intercultural Communication, Media and Communication Studies, Faculty of Arts, University of Wollongong, 2011 - 2013

"Australian Hip Hop Identity"

Youth Cultures, Sociology, Faculty of Arts, University of Wollongong, 2010

"Pacific and Aotearoa-New Zealand Hip Hop"

Pacific Literatures, English Studies, Faculty of Arts, University of Wollongong, 2008 - 2010

Sessional Tutor

Narrating Contemporary Australia

English Literatures, Faculty of Arts, University of Wollongong, 2010 & 2011

Transnational Media and Intercultural Communication

Media and Communication Studies, Faculty of Arts, University of Wollongong, 2011 & 2012

Introduction to Indigenous Australia

Indigenous Studies, Woolyungah Indigenous Centre, University of Wollongong, 2012

Emerging Issues in Media and Communication

Media and Communication Studies, Faculty of Arts, University of Wollongong, 2011 - 2013

Introduction to Media and Communication

Media and Communication Studies, Faculty of Arts, University of Wollongong, 2013

Individual Tutor

Indigenous Tutor Assistance Scheme

Individual tutoring in English Literatures, Media and Communication and Creative Writing, Woolyungah Indigenous Centre, University of Wollongong, 2011 - 2013

Marker

Design Theory

Design Studies Faculty of Creative Arts, University of Wollongong, 2012

Research Experience

Research Assistant

Negotiating Subcultural Identities

Sociology, Faculty of Arts, University of Wollongong, 2011 - 2012
Head of project: Dr. Andrew Whelan

Professional Training

Social Inclusion Project Scheme

Centre for Educational Development, Recognition and Innovation, University of Wollongong, 2011

University Teaching and Learning Course

University of Wollongong, 2012 - 2013

Professional Experience

Founder and Director

Upward Dog online yoga store, 2013 - present

Learning Platform Transition Support Assistant

University of Wollongong Information Technology Services, 2012 - 2013

Facilitator

Road Safety Education Limited (RSE) Facilitator of Rotary Youth Driving Action (RYDA) program for high school students, 2012 - 2013

Teacher, Performer and Facilitator

The Song Room: student and staff music programs in disadvantaged primary schools, 2008 - 2009

Teacher, Performer and Facilitator

Hip Hop Duende: drumming, body percussion and spoken word in schools, workplaces, festivals and community organisations, 2005 - 2010

Teacher, Performer and Facilitator

Slapsista: drumming, body percussion, dance and spoken word in schools, festivals, workplaces and community organisations, 2000 - 2010

Executive Assistant

Museums and Galleries NSW (MGNSW), 2004

Executive Assistant

School of Design Studies, COFA, UNSW, 2003