Dr Alissa Macoun


School of Political Science and International Studies
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


Alissa is a non-Indigenous Australian. Her research in Australian Indigenous politics explores political and philosophical frameworks driving public debates, and in particular connections between articulations of Indigenous policy and expressions of Australian national identity. She has particularly explored these dynamics in relation to the Commonwealth Government’s 2007 Northern Territory Emergency Response, or Intervention. Alissa is interested in the politics of policy, particularly logics animating Australian policy and governance processes that legitimise settler colonial institutions and practices. Her research provides insights into assumptions framing Australian political debates and institutions while examining important dynamics in public policy and governance. Alissa’s work reflects a concern with the ways political communities in Australia and elsewhere are defined and regulated through the problematisation of particular activities and groups. She is interested in the affective connections between subjects, social structures and political institutions, and the ways these connections are affirmed and resisted through contestations over policy and practices. This animating concern unites a wide range of interests. Alissa’s research to date reflects her interest in Indigenous politics and policy, critical race and whiteness studies, settler colonial politics and questions of sovereignty. She is also interested in Australian politics and national identity, gender and sexuality politics, and in Queensland politics.

Research Interests

  • Australian Indigenous policy
  • Australian politics
  • Settler Colonialism and Critical Indigenous Studies
  • Critical Race and Whiteness studies
  • Gender and Sexuality politics


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Arts, The University of Queensland


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  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Book Chapter

  • Macoun, Alissa (2016). Colonising white innocence: complicity and critical encounters. In Sarah Maddison, Tom Clark and Ravi de Costa (Ed.), The limits of settler colonial reconciliation: non-indigenous people and the responsibility to engage (pp. 85-102) Singapore, Singapore: Springer.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Macoun, Alissa (2010). Aboriginality and the Northern Territory intervention. In: Selvaraj Velayutham, Norbert Ebert and Sheila Watkins, TASA 2010 Conference Proceedings: Social Causes, Private Lives. The Annual Conference of The Australian Sociological Association, Sydney, Australia, (1-14). 6-9 December 2010.

Other Outputs

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Joint Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor