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Associate Professor Carl Mika

Director, Centre for Global Studies

Faculty of Education, University of Waikato

Carl is Senior Lecturer in Education.  As a Māori Academic, Carl completed his PhD titled 'Reclaiming mystery: A Māori philosophy of Being, in light of Novalis' ontology'.  He has a background in law and brings an important set of perspectives to the Centre. His interests are in phenomenological aspects of the Māori worldview; Early German Romanticism and Heideggerean philosophy; the impacts of philosophical colonisation on indigenous peoples; the law and Māori. He has expertise in Education, Indigenous Education, Māori, Māori History, Māori Identity and Māori Legal Issues.

You can find more detail and a list of Carl's recent publications at his staff profile.

Associated Faculty

Professor Brian Findsen

Faculty of Education, University of Waikato

Brian Findsen has worked in adult and continuing education in universities for most of his career.  He is currently a professor of (adult) education in Te Whiringa School of Educational leadership & Policy with a special research interest in learning in later life, an area in which he has published extensively.  Aside from working in this University (initially in 1980 in the Centre for Continuing Education), Brian has worked as an adult educator at the University of Auckland, AUT University and the University of Glasgow (2004-2008) where he was Head of Department for Adult & Continuing Education.  He completed his doctoral studies in adult education and sociology at North Carolina State University in the mid 1980s. Hence, he brings to his research and teaching, a strong interest in international adult education.

Information about Brian's more recent publications can be found on his staff profile

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Dr Sonja Arndt

Faculty of Education, University of Waikato

Sonja's research is concerned with the marginalisation of immigrant early childhood teachers in Aotearoa New Zealand and in their early childhood settings. It engages with philosophical discourses on the notion of the foreigner and foreignness, and on the policy and political milieu of early childhood education. Sonja's doctoral work and research applies philosophical and poststructural theories as an analytical lens on conceptions of the Other, notions of the subject and identity, and moving beyond the subject. Sonja aims to provoke critical pedagogies and to complicate ethical, moral orientations towards the Other, and towards responsible encounters with, across and because of differences.

You can find more detail and a list of Sonja's recent publications at her staff profile.

Dr Donella Cobb

Faculty of Education, University of Waikato

Donella's research explores the cultural political economy of education and the intersection between critical pedagogy, education in development and international education policy. Her current research examines both the role of international aid organisations in the globalisation of learner-centred pedagogy and the ideation and advancement of digital education aid. Donella holds a PhD from the University of Auckland in Comparative and International Education and is the Communications Officer for the Oceania Comparative and International Education Society (OCIES).

You can find more detail and a list of Donella's recent publications at her staff profile.

Dr. Tracy Bowell

Pro-Vice Chancellor Teaching & Learning, University of Waikato

Tracey Bowell is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Waikato. She holds a BA (Hons) from the University of Sussex, an MPhil in Philosophy from the University of Cambridge and a PhD from the University of Auckland. Her current research focuses in the area of Critical Thinking, Epistemology, Wittgenstein's Philosophy and Feminist Philosophy.

You can get more detail and a list of her recent publications at her staff profile

 Justine Kingsbury

Dr Justine Kingsbury

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Waikato

Justine Kingsbury is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Waikato. She holds a BA (Hons) and an MA from Victoria University of Wellington and a PhD in Philosophy from Rutgers University. Her current research areas are Critical Thinking, Applied Epistemology, Aesthetics and Philosophy of Mind.

You can get more detail and a list of her recent publications at her staff profile

Catherine Legg

Dr Catherine Legg

Senior Lecturer, Philosophy Department, Deakin University, Australia

Honorary Associate, Philosophy Department, University of Waikato

Catherine Legg is an Honorary Associate in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Waikato. She holds a BA (Hons) from University of Melbourne, an MA from Monash University and a PhD from Australian National University. Initially trained in analytical philosophy, she developed a strong interest in American pragmatism, particularly Charles Peirce. Her 1999 PhD thesis (Modes of Being) brought Peirce’s three fundamental philosophical categories to contemporary debates in mainstream philosophy.

Her current research bridges history of philosophy, metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of language, semiotics and logic. Her specialization in American pragmatism has led to a keen interest in pedagogies drawing on communities of inquiry, most notably the Philosophy for Children movement founded by Matthew Lipman and Ann Sharp - in which she has received level 2 certification and trained NZ teachers at both primary and secondary level.

Cathy was awarded a grant from the New Zealand Marsden Fund with Professor Ian Witten, Department of Computer Science, University of Waikato in 2012. The 3 year project is titled, “A Self-correcting Knowledge base for Large-scale Knowledge Engineering.”

You can get more detail and a list of her recent publications at her staff profile.

Professor Neil Boister

Faculty of Law, University of Waikato

Born in Zambia, after having read English and Law at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, Neil Boister completed his PhD on the “The Suppression of Illicit Drugs through International Law” at the University of Nottingham under the supervision of Professor DJ Harris. A revised version of the thesis was published as Penal Aspects of the UN Drug Conventions (Kluwer, 2001), described in the journal Addiction as ‘a text of magisterial authority’. He has held academic positions in South Africa, the UK and New Zealand where he is currently based. He teaches transnational criminal law, international criminal law, criminal law, evidence and criminology. His main research interest is ‘transnational criminal law’, the suppression of transnational crime through international law. He has published widely in this area including most recently An Introduction to Transnational Criminal Law (OUP, 2012) and (with Robert Currie, Dalhousie) the Routledge Handbook of Transnational Criminal Law (Routledge, 2014). He is also the author of texts in mainstream international criminal law including (with Robert Cryer, Birmingham) The Tokyo International Military Tribunal, A Reappraisal (Oxford: OUP, 2008), described in the Journal ofJapanese Studies as ‘the most complete and objective account of the Tokyo Trials to date.’ In 2014 he was awarded the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Prize from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany for his work on transnational criminal law. In 2015 he was awarded the New Zealand Law Foundation’s International Fellowship to undertake a research project on the simplification of the law of extradition.

More information is available on his staff profile

Distinguished Professor Graham Hingangaroa Smith

Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM)

Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi

Iwi: Patrilineage: Ngāti Porou, Kai Tahu; Matrilineage: Ngāti Apa, Ngāti Kahungunu

Distinguished Professor Graham Smith is an internationally renowned Māori educationalist who has been at the forefront of Māori education initiatives contributing significantly to the political, social, economic and cultural advancement of Māori communities.  He has also worked extensively with other indigenous/ First Nations peoples across the world, including Canada, Hawaii, US mainland, Taiwan, Chile, Australia and the Pacific nations, contributing to national forums on indigenous issues.

His academic background is within the disciplines of education, social anthropology and cultural and policy studies, with recent academic work centred on developing theoretically informed transformative strategies for intervening in Māori cultural, political, social, educational and economic crises. He is involved in the development of Tribal Universities and formerly as Pro Vice-Chancellor (Māori), he was responsible for developing a Māori University structure within the University of Auckland.

With MA (Hons) dissertation ‘Māori Rituals of Encounter’, Graham was the first teacher of a Māori immersion Kura Kaupapa Māori school (Māori philosophy and principle-based School). His theoretical leadership has informed the emergence of Māori Education Studies as a distinct entity within the Tertiary Sector, in particular New Zealand Universities. This work has developed a wide-ranging academic discussion developed from his PhD, Kaupapa Māori Theory, Critical Theory and Transformative Praxis.  Graham has been an active contributor to the critical debate on ‘race’ and ‘ethnicity’ both in New Zealand and abroad and maintains a strong influence in the Māori language revitalisation movement. His other specialist interest is in institutional transformations in order to deliver more effectively to, and for the interests of, indigenous students, faculty and communities. He has published widely and is in demand as a commentator on national and international indigenous matters.

Yusef Waghid

Dean of Education, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Professor Yusef Waghid is the Dean of Education at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. He is an elected member (fellow) of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), executive member of the International Network of Philosophers of Education (INPE), and Editor-in-Chief of the South African Journal of Higher Education. His current research focuses on philosophy of education, democratic citizenship education, cosmopolitanism and higher education transformations. His seminal thoughts in these fields of study which relate to the cultivation of democratic iterations ('talking back'), connecting hospitably with the Other, and risk taking in pedagogical practices, appear in highly reputable international academic journals.

George Lazaroiu

Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences, New York

Associate Professor George Lazaroiu is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences, New York, and an Associate Professor in communication sciences at Spiru Haret University, Bucharest.  He is publishing executive editor at Addleton Academic Publishers, New York.  His books are indexed in EBSCO and in more than 2000 library catalogues.  His articles have been published in Educational Philosophy and Theory, Analysis and Metaphysics, Contemporary Readings in Law and Social Justice, etc.  He has published several review essays in the Sixteenth Century Journal and approximately 100 book reviews indexed in EBSCO and ProQuest.  He has presented papers at conferences organised by Harvard University, University of Cambridge, Western Michigan University, University of Glasgow, Paris-Sorbonne University, Philipp University of Marburg, Wuhan University, etc.  He has coordinated the translation of more than 3000 pages authored by Richard Swinburne, Edward Zalta, Josph Raz, Nicholas Rescher, Dale Jacquette, Hartley Slater etc.

Inna Semetsky

University of Newcastle, Australia

Inna Semetsky has a PhD in philosophy of education from Columbia University in New York, an MA in human development and counselling and a Grad Dip Ed in mathematics and science. Her Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Monash University was followed by an appointment as a research academic at the University of Newcastle. She has published five books and two more are forthcoming. Inna is on the editorial board of four academic journals including Educational Philosophy and Theory.