Academic CV



2016: PhD

University of Wollongong (ABD)

Thesis — The Political Limits of the Conscious MC Brand: Ladi6, Urthboy and K’naan


2007: Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours)

English Literatures Major

University of Wollongong

Thesis — Pacific Hip Hop: Time Remixed


2006: Bachelor of Creative Arts (Distinction)

Creative Writing Major

University of Wollongong



Refereed Journal Articles

2015: “The Edge of Ladyspace: Ladi6 and the Political Limits of Self-Branding” MediaNZ: Media Studies Journal of New Zealand. Vol. 15, No. 1.  Special Issue: music/media/politics.  DOI: 10.11157/medianz-vol15iss1id6

2008: “African Drumming in Australia: White Men Can’t Drum?”  Kunapipi, 30(2), 2008.

Book Reviews

2010: “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.



2008:  UPA PhD Scholarship.  Faculty of Arts, University of Wollongong

2007: Honours Scholarship. Faculty of Arts, University of Wollongong

2006: Dean’s Merit List.  Faculty of Arts, University of Wollongong

2006: Dean’s Merit List.  Faculty of Creative Arts, University of Wollongong

2005: Dean’s Merit List.  Faculty of Creative Arts, University of Wollongong

2004: Dean’s Merit List.  Faculty of Arts, University of Wollongong



Papers Presented

2012: (With Dr. Andrew Whelan) “Conversational Flow: Music as Interactional Resource”.  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.

2010: “Hip Hop Identity Remixed: Urthboy, Ladi6 and K’Naan”. Revise: The Art and Science of Remix Cultures.  2 – 3 December.

2009: “Pacific Hip Hop: Ladi6”.  The Big Island: Promoting Contemporary Art and Craft in Australia, 23 – 24 November.



Subject Coordinator and Lecturer, University of Wollongong

2013 – 2014: Australian Content, Global Context


Tutor, University of Wollongong

2013: Introduction to Media and Communication

2012 – 2013: Emerging Issues in Media and Communication

2012: Introduction to Indigenous Australia

2011 – 2012: Transnational Media and Intercultural Communication

2010 – 2011: Narrating Contemporary Australia


Occasional Lecturer, University of Wollongong


2011- 2013: Transnational Media and Intercultural Communication

Lectures on Hip Hop as a Global Popular Culture


2010: Youth Cultures

Lecture on Australian Hip Hop Identity


2008 – 2010: Pacific Literatures

Lectures on Pacific and Aotearoa-New Zealand Hip Hop


Marker, University of Wollongong

2012: Design Theory




Research Assistant

2011 – 2012: University of Wollongong, Negotiating Subcultural Identities

Head of Project: Dr. Andrew Whelan.




University of Wollongong

2011: Centre for Educational Development, Recognition and Innovation (CEDIR): Social Inclusion Project Scheme (SIPS)

2012 – 2013: University Teaching and Learning Course (ULT)




Learning Platform Transition Support Assistant

2012 – 2013: University of Wollongong Information Technology Services

Individual support for academics and writing help documents for a University-wide transition to a new eLearning platform


Individual Tutor

2011 – 2014: Woolyungah Indigenous Centre, University of Wollongong

Indigenous Tutor Assistance Scheme (ITAS)

Creative Writing, Media, Communication, and Cultural Studies subjects



Teacher, Performer, and Facilitator 

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

2000 – 2011: Slapsista: music, dance and spoken word

2005 – 2010: Hip Hop Duende: drumming and spoken word in schools, workplaces and community organisations

2008 – 2009:The Song Room: student music and staff development programs in disadvantaged primary schools.


Executive Assistant


2004: Museums and Galleries Foundation of NSW (MGNSW).

2003: School of Design Studies, College of Fine Arts (COFA), UNSW.




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