Melinda Hinkson was appointed Director of the Institute in March 2019. Prior to taking up this position she was Associate Director, with responsibility for curating public and academic programs. Melinda is a social anthropologist with wide ranging interests in the faultlines of settler colonial Australia. Much of her scholarship has been informed by long-term friendships and ethnographic research with Warlpiri people of Central Australia. She has written widely on Aboriginal visual production and contemporary politics of representation; on the history of Australian anthropology; on the punitive transformation of Indigenous governance since the 2007 Northern Territory Intervention; and on processes of displacement and practices of postcolonial placemaking.

Melinda is an associate professor of Anthropology in the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University and also an Arena Publications Editor. For more on Melinda’s academic biography and publications visit her Deakin University webpage.