College of Humanities and Social Sciences

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Michael Belgrave

Acting PVC - College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Michael Belgrave is a historian. He was research manager of the Waitangi Tribunal and has continued to work on Treaty of Waitangi research and settlements. He has been involved in negotiating the historical aspects of treaty settlements with iwi, and has published widely on treaty and Māori history.

Professor Chris Gallavin

Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor

Chris Gallavin is an Eisenhower Fellow. He has given more than 1000 interviews on issues involving the criminal justice system of New Zealand. Chris is a senior tertiary manager skilled in policy analysis, strategic university planning, and criminal law and evidence.

Professor Rouben Azizian

Director, Centre for Defence and Security Studies

Rouben Azizian came to the Centre for Defence and Security Studies at Massey University after 13 years at the US Defense Department's Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in Honolulu.

Professor Glenn Banks

Head of School of People, Environment and Planning

Glenn Banks’ research is focussed on the socio-economic and cultural dimensions of large-scale, private sector investment in the extractive industries in Papua New Guinea.

Professor Meihana Durie

Head of Te Pūtahi-a-Toi / School of Māori Knowledge

Meihana Durie helped establish Ngā Purapura, a development committed to the empowerment of whānau through education in health, exercise, sport and the growth and creation of new Māori bodies of knowledge.

Associate Professor Ross Flett

Head of School of Psychology

Ross Flett has research interests in applied psychology, social and health psychology, and wellbeing and positive psychology.

Associate Professor Jenny Lawn

Head of School of English and Media Studies

Jenny Lawn’s research interests are in postcolonial literature, narrative theory, Kiwi gothic, gender theory, representations of trauma in literature and film, contemporary NZ literary and cultural studies, and NZ writers’ response to neoliberalism.

Professor John O'Neil

Head of Institute of Education

John O’Neill has been an elected Council member of the New Zealand Association for Research in Education, an invited member on the Marsden Fund Social Sciences Panel and the Performance Based Research Fund.

Associate Professor Kerry Taylor

Head of School of Humanities

Kerry Taylor works in New Zealand history, specifically the history of the socialist left and Labour movement. He has published mostly on the history of the NZ communist movement.

Professor Cynthia White

Research Director

Cynthia White's research interests include strategies, emotion and identity in online and distance language learning, language and settlement issues for immigrants and refugees, and discourses of national identity, resilience and belonging in transnational digital networks.

Professor Richard Shaw

Director, Bachelor of Arts (External Connections)

Richard Shaw promotes Massey’s BA to external audiences. He is also Professor of Politics. His research interests are in cabinet government systems.



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