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Challenging Racism research team

Cluster Members

  • Professor Kevin Dunn (opens in a new window) 
    Cluster Director
    Pro Vice Chancellor Research | Provost - Penrith Campus |Professor of Geography and Urban Studies
  • Professor Linda Briskman (opens in a new window)
    Professor Of Social Work & Community Welfare
  • Assoc. Prof. Nida Denson (opens in a new window)
    Academic Course Advisor, Fourth Year Psychology Programs, Sexualities & Genders Research
  • Dr Sonia Tascon (opens in a new window)
    Academic Course Advisor, Community and Social Development, Social Work and Community Welfare
  • Dr Jennifer Cheng (opens in a new window)
    Lecturer in Sociology
  • Dr Rachel Sharples (opens in a new window)
    Researcher - Challenging Racism Project
  • Dr Alanna Kamp (opens in a new window)
    Post Doctorial Research Fellow - Geography, Tourism and Urban Planning

Research Assistants

The Challenging Racism Project has benefited from the diligent and enthusiastic work of excellent research assistants. Research assistants over the years have included:

  • Doug Cronin (2018 - )
  • Husnia Underabi (2017 - )
  • Rachel Sharples (2016 - )
  • Khaled Almedyab (2016 - )
  • Alexia Derbas (2015 - )
  • Zarlasht Sarwari (2015 - )
  • Brigid Trenerry (2015)
  • Margherita De Ri (2015 - )
  • Rhonda Itaoui (2015 - )
  • Virginia Mapedzahama (2015 - 2016)
  • Katie Blair (2013 - )
  • Rosalie Atie (2011 - )
  • Alanna Kamp (2008 - 2015)
  • Jacqueline Nelson (2009 - 2012)
  • Karin Maeder (2006 - 2011)
  • Vidhu Gandhi (2003 - 2004, 2009 - 2011)
  • Danielle Pelleri (2009 - 2010)
  • Therese Kenna (2008 - 2009)
  • Abbie White (2007 - 2008)
  • Maria Hollero (2003 - 2007)
  • Stephen Smith (2004 - 2006)
  • Amy McDonald (2000 - 2003)

PhD Students (current)

  • Noorie Safa (2019 - )
    Thesis Title: Construction of Masculinities of Refugee Men and its Impact on Intrahousehold Gender Relationship: A study on Rohingya Residing at Registered Refugee Camp in Bangladesh
    Supervisors: Professor Kevin Dunn  and Dr Rachel Sharples
  • Mehrnosh Lajevardi Fatemi (2019 - )
    Thesis Title: Application of Servant Leadership Model to the Understanding of Muslim Leadership in the Modern in Australia
    Supervisors: Professor Linda Briskman and Professor Robert Stones
  • Douglas Cronin (2018 - )
    Thesis Title: The Motivations and Impacts of Anti-racism and Rehumanisation: Towards an Ethical Counterstorytelling Framework
    Supervisors: Professor Kevin Dunn, Assoc. Prof Nida Denson and Dr Oishee Alam
  • Rhonda Itaoui (2015-)
    Thesis Title: Experiences of Islamophobia: Impacts on Young Muslims' Mobility in Major 'Western' Cities
    Supervisors: Professor Kevin Dunn, Professor Adam Possamai, Dr Rae Dufty-Jones
  • Joumanah El matrah (2018 - )
    Thesis Title: The Role of Women in Countering Violent Extremism.
    Supervisors: Professor Linda Briskman, Professor Kevin Dunn and Scott Poynting
  • Wesam Charkawi (2017 - )
    Thesis Title: Attitudes towards radicalising to violent extremism among Australian Muslims: role of structures, social dynamics and social identity
    Supervisors: Professor Kevin Dunn and Dr Ana-Maria Bliuc
  • Alexia Derbas (2016- )
    Thesis Title: The impact of international political conflicts on young Australian Muslim women
    Supervisors: Assoc. Prof. Alphia Possamai-Inesedy and Dr Peter Bansel
  • Khaled Almedyab (2016- )
    Thesis Title: Australian Government Countering Violent Extremism Strategy and the Response of the Australian Muslim Community in Western Sydney
    Supervisors: Professor Kevin Dunn and Dr Ana-Maria Bliuc
  • Zarlasht Sarwari (2015- )
    Thesis Title: Afghan Australian Identity
    Supervisors: Professor Kevin Dunn, Dr Cameron McAuliffe, Dr Alanna Kamp

PhD Students (completed)

  • Katie Blair (2014-2019 )
  • Husnia Underabi (2013-2018 )
  • Oishee Alam (2012-2015)
  • Alanna Kamp (2009-2014)
  • Brigid Trenerry (2009-2012)
  • Jacqueline Nelson (2009-2012)
  • Maria Hollero (2003-2007)

Student Interns

  • Michael Shearston (2016 - 2017)