Associate Professor Sarah McDonald is the Director of Global Studies, and Associate Dean (Education) at Monash University. Associate Professor McDonald’s discipline area is Latin American Studies with a special focus contemporary Latin American Cinema, in particular the development and representation of popular culture within film as it relates to representations of women and marginal social groups.
Other areas of interest include gender representation and identity. Over the last two years Associate Professor McDonald has been collaborating with Dr Gabriel Garcia Ochoa on developing different strategies for incorporating Cultural Literacy into the Higher Education curriculum. She is a member of the Bachelor of Global Studies Advisory Board.
Dr Gabriel Garcia-Ochoa was born in Mexico City and for as long as he can remember he has been drawn to narrative, storytelling, and language – interests that have led him inevitably to the study of literature. He is a writer, academic, and professional translator. His research interests focus on Cultural Literacy, translation, and Latin American Literature, in particular the works of Jorge Luis Borges.
Contributing guest lecturers
Associate Professor John Bradley is the Deputy Director of the Monash Indigenous Centre. He originally trained as a primary and high school teacher and his subsequent PhD research concentrated on Indigenous ways of understanding dugong and marine turtles. For over three decades he has been actively involved in issues associated with Indigenous Natural and Cultural Resource Management.
Dr Liam Brady is an anthropological archaeologist and senior lecturer based at the Monash Indigenous Centre. His areas of research include rock art studies, the anthropology and archaeology of art, island and coastal archaeology, collaborative or partnership archaeology, and material culture studies. He is currently involved in a number of research projects including working with the Palyku Aboriginal community in the inland Pilbara region of Western Australia.
Adam Clulow is a historian of Tokugawa Japan although his current work is concerned more broadly with the maritime history of early modern Asia. He is currently working on a series of projects that examine diplomacy in early modern Asia, the Amboyna incident of 1623 and the origins of international law. He has taught at Monash since 2008, and teaches a range of units in International Studies and History.
Associate Professor Kevin Foster was educated in the UK, Canada and Australia and received his Ph.D from Monash University where he has taught since 1995. The principal focus of his research has been on the construction and articulation of national identity in literature, media and film.
Professor Paula Gerber is an internationally renowned legal scholar with expertise in international human rights law and construction law. She is Deputy Director of the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law and a Professor at the Monash University Faculty of Law. She specialises in international human rights law generally, with a particular focus on children’s rights and LGBTI rights.
Dr Zareh Ghazarian is a political scientist in the School of Social Sciences and co-author of Australian Politics for Dummies. His latest book is The Making of a Party System: Minor Parties in the Australian Senate. Zareh has published widely in the field of Australian politics and is a leading commentator in the media. His teaching and research interests including political parties, public policy, comparative politics, elections and governance, politics and the media and political leadership.
Dr Jason Jones joined Monash in 2015 after having taught in the United States and Japan. His research centres on visual representations of contemporary Japanese popular culture and the associated international adaptations, and what has been referred to as the ‘Japanization’ of Western cultural elements. He is also an an active translator and interpreter, his most recent project being the English-Japanese translation and subtitling of the documentary film, Tohoku Tomo (2014).
Dr Stewart King‘s interest in Spanish language and culture dates from 1988 when he started learning the language privately before travelling throughout Spain in 1989-90. He became interested in Catalan culture through friends and, as part of his B.A. he studied history, Spanish and Catalan language and literature. His research centres on identity construction in Spain and Catalonia from the nineteenth century until the present day, particularly as it is expressed through literature and film.
Associate Professor Pete Lentini is Co-Convenor of the Global Terrorism Research Unit, a Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations. Pete’s main research areas include contemporary Russian and post-Soviet politics, the politics of extremism, terrorism and political violence, and identity and media politics. His current research projects include: ‘Islam and Islamism: New Mediations’ and ‘Counter-Terrorism Policing for Culturally Diverse Communities’.
Dr Howard (Howie) Manns works in the Monash Linguistics Program and studies language variation and change in Australia and its near neighbours. His primary research interest is linguistic and cultural contact and the implications of this contact for individual speakers in late modernity. He is particularly interested in communities undergoing rapid sociolinguistic change. His current work focuses on Indonesian youth interaction, Australian Deaf-Blind communication and intercultural communication in professional settings.
Dr Jonathan McIntosh works in the Faculty of Arts at Monash University as a Lecturer in Ethnomusicology. Jonathan’s research focuses on issues of identity, movement and music in ethnomusicology and anthropology. In 2015, he received a prestigious Monash Accelerator Teaching Award to undertake professional development with esteemed ethnomusicologists who teach at leading music departments in the UK and US. In addition, he received a Monash University Faculty of Arts Award for Teaching Excellence.
Dr Noah Shenker is a lecturer in Holocaust and Genocide Studies within the Monash Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation. He earned a doctorate in critical studies from the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California in 2009, completing a dissertation exploring the mediations of Holocaust survivor testimonies. His research and teaching focus on the trauma and memory in general with a particular focus on the Holocaust and Genocide.
Jacqui True is Professor of Politics & International Relations and an Australian Research Council Future Fellow. She received her PhD from York University, Toronto, Canada and has held academic positions at Michigan State University, the University of Southern California, and the University of Auckland. She is specialist in Gender and International Relations. Her current research is focused on understanding the political economy of post-conflict violence against women and the patterns of systemic sexual and gender-based violence in Asia Pacific conflict-affected countries.