Higher Degree by Research Candidate
School of Humanities
Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics
My PhD dissertation compares Māori and Aboriginal stories from the past in which communities used alphabetic literacy for political activism and civic engagement. My prior History Honours thesis researched how Māori language immersion schooling emerged from community initiatives.
My Māori iwi affiliations include: Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Te Arawa, Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Maru, and Tainui.
Date Position Institution name 2020 - 2020 Teacher Strathmore Secondary College 2018 - 2019 Student Administrator, Course Advisor, and Administrative Officer University of Adelaide 2018 - 2019 Casual Relief Teacher Gulfview Heights Primary School and Golden Grove Primary School 2014 - 2018 Student Services Officer Gulfview Heights Primary School
Awards and Achievements
Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount 2021 Scholarship NAA/AHA Postgraduate Scholarship National Archives of Australia / Australian Historical Association Australia 2375 2020 Award University Medal for Outstanding Academic Achievement The University of Adelaide Australia - 2019 Award Lynda Tapp Prize in History (Best Honours Thesis) The University of Adelaide Australia 900 2018 Award DD Harris Geography Award for Outstanding Achievement The University of Adelaide Australia 200
Language Competency English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
Date Institution name Country Title 2019 - 2019 University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) 2015 - 2018 University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Teaching 2015 - 2018 University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Arts
Date Title Institution name Country 2020 Authority to Teach Government of South Australia Australia 2019 HLTAID004: Provide an Emergency Response in an Education and Care Setting Australian Red Cross Society Australia 2017 Professional Learning for Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum SHINE SA South Australia 2015 Strategies to Support Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder Autism SA Australia 2011 Certificate II in Information Technology TAFE SA Australia
Research InterestsAboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Studies Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Policy Citizenship Education Education Policy Education systems Geography History History and Philosophy of Education History and Philosophy of the Humanities Human Geography Kohanga Reo Kura Kaupapa Maori Maori Cultural Studies Maori Education Maori History Maori Information and Knowledge Systems Maori Languages
Year Citation 2023 Kusabs, J. R. (2023). Education to secure empire and self-government: civics textbooks in Australia and Aotearoa, New Zealand, from 1880 to 1920. History of Education Review, 52(2-3), 85-98.
Year Citation 2023 Kusabs, J. (2023). Indigenous Historical Writings and Decolonial Futures of Education. In ISA Book of Abstracts (pp. 414-415). Melbourne.
Date Role Committee Institution Country 2021 - ongoing Representative Gender Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee (Faculty of Arts) The University of Adelaide Australia
Date Role Membership Country 2016 - ongoing Member Golden Key International Honour Society United States
Date Title Engagement Type Institution Country 2022 - ongoing Story: Teaching Civic Literacy Public Community Engagement ARC Discovery Project 'Envisaging Australian Citizenship', 2020-2023 (DP200100088) Australia 2019 - ongoing Article 'Learning Te Reo Māori' published in On Dit student newspaper Public Community Engagement On Dit Australia
Date Event Name Event Type Institution Country 2017 - ongoing Small Group Discovery Experience Canvas Showcase Exhibition The University of Adelaide Australia 2017 - ongoing We Thrive: Making Media Forum Conference Radio Adelaide Australia
Date Topic Presented at Institution Country 2023 - 2023 Indigenous Historical Writings and Decolonial Futures of Education ISA World Congress of Sociology International Sociology Association Australia 2022 - ongoing Child Literacy in Holocaust Education South Australian History Festival The University of Adelaide Australia 2022 - 2022 Pirltawardli School (Foundation to Federation event) South Australian History Festival The University of Adelaide Australia 2021 - 2021 Narratives of British legal ‘benevolence’ in Australian and New Zealand school textbooks in the early twentieth century. History Postgraduate Conference 2021 The University of Adelaide Australia
Review, Assessment, Editorial and Advice
Date Title Type Institution Country 2021 - 2021 Undergraduate Research Conference Conference Review The University of Adelaide Australia 2020 - 2020 Chapter Review for Labhaoise Upton's PhD Advice The University of Flinders Australia
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