Massey University: Things that make me go hmm

Massey University Vice-Chancellor Professor Jan Thomas Photoshopped image credit: Pixy

Following on from recent discussions about the standard of teaching at Massey University, I have pulled a few examples of staff bio’s off the Massey website.? It’s pretty hard to deny the Marxist influence when so many of them openly claim it as their motivation.? Others appear to be just plain nutty as fruitcakes. It’s scary stuff.

Massey University staff:

Dr Peter Howland (Anthropology)

  • Lecturer in Sociology
  • School of People, Environment and Planning

I am a former tabloid journalist (general/ sports); an anthropologist by training and qualification; and a neo-Marxist sociologist by inclination and employment. I am particularly interested in analysing the seemingly banal, mundane and micro, and particularly in relation to deconstructing the various myths and illusions that underpin middle-class/ reflexive enclaves of comfort, privilege and life politics. I also enjoy walking in the rain, playing badminton, and am a Scorpion by virtue.

Dr Cat Paus?

  • Senior lecturer
  • Institute of Education

Cat Paus? is a Fat Studies scholar whose research focuses on the effects of fat stigma on the health and wellbeing of fat individuals.

Doctor Cat Pause

Cat Paus? is the lead editor of Queering Fat Embodiment (Ashgate). A Fat Studies Researcher, her research focuses on the effects of spoiled identities on the health and well-being of fat individuals. Her work appears in scholarly journals such as Human Development, Feminist Review, HERDSA, and Narrative Inquiries in Bioethics, as well as online in The Huffington Post and The Conversation, among others.

She hosted Fat Studies: Reflective Intersections in 2012 and Fat Studies: Identity, Agency, Embodiment in 2016. Cat is also involved in sociable scholarship; her work is highlighted in her social media presence, Friend of Marilyn, on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, iTunes, and her blog. Her fat positive radio show, Friend of Marilyn, is travelling the world this year ? make sure your city is on the tour!

Research Interests My scholarship examines the impact of fat stigma on the health and well-being of fat people. This has included work on, ?Identity management of fat stigma ? Queering fatness ?Identity management of fat stigma in online spaces ?Using Web 2.0 tools to queer fatness ?Fat stigma as a barrier to accessing health and healthcare ?Fat stigma as a social determinant of health Secondary research interests include fat pedagogies, fat ethics, and how scholars use social media to dissiminate [sic] their work and be held accountable by the communities they study (I’ve termed this, sociable scholarship).

Photograph of New Zealand Communist Party National Committee, 1939.
George Jackson (seated first on left) and Tom Stanley (seated third from right) were prominent activists for the Spanish Republican cause within the union movement.

Associate Professor Kerry Taylor BA(Hons), PhD Well.

Head of School of Humanities

Research Interests I work in the area of New Zealand history, specifically the history of the socialist left and labour movement. I have published mostly on the history of the NZ communist movement. This research has increasingly taken on a comparative and transnational approach.

Prof Michael Belgrave

Professor in History

School of Humanities

Michael Belgrave is a historian and foundation member of Massey’s Albany campus. He was research manager of the Waitangi Tribunal and has continued to work on Treaty of Waitangi research and settlements, providing substantial research reports into a wide number of the Waitangi Tribunal’s inquiries. More recently he’s been involved in negotiating the historical aspects of treaty settlements with aiwi. He has published widely on treaty and Maori history. His most recent book, Dancing with the King (AUP, 2017) is an exploration of diplomacy and peace-making in the decades between the Waikato War and the opening of the King Country

Gender Theory

Dr Celina Bortolotto

Senior Lecturer

School of Humanities

Research Interests

I am interested in exploring the interrelation between cultural values and individual emotions as it is represented in literary fiction. My research uses a particular interdisciplinary approach to read and interpret the relation between emotions (especially shame and humour) and cultural identities in contemporary fiction from the Caribbean, Latin America and the U.S., bringing together literary criticism, psychoanalytical research and postcolonial and gender theory.

Dr Ozan Nadir Alakavuklar PhD, MA

Senior Lecturer School of Management

As an organisational scholar, I draw arguments and theory from a wide range of critical social science traditions, which aim to challenge the dominant assumptions in the field of management and organisation. With my research, my aim is to create an impact on the ongoing scholarly discussions with a focus on ethics, politics and alternative models as well as go beyond the academy and access social and economic actors (e.g. policy makers, non-governmental agencies, social entrepreneurs, public organisations and social movements) addressing the current burning issues of our contemporary society.

Research Interests

My research interests revolve around three main themes, Ethics and politics of organising: My research focuses on the intersection of ethical assumptions and power dynamics in/around organisations. In addition to studying power/resistance dynamics in organisations, I analyse CSR, sustainability and ethical claims of organisational practices from a critical point of view. Management education and business schools: My main aim is to problematize the dominant practices and assumptions related to management education and business schools to argue for a more responsible and critical role for management scholars and business education which should become part of the solutions instead of contributing to or neglecting the ongoing socio-economic problems.

As a part of this broad theme, I study the ways of localising management knowledge which also resonates with my teaching philosophy. Alternative forms of organising: I study non-capitalist forms of organising including social movements, activism and community organising practices. I argue that such organising forms have potential for unorthodox and challenging solutions to socio-economic and environmental issues. Studying alternative forms of organising based on food has opened up a totally new and exciting space to ask broader questions around food (over)production, waste, sustainability, ethical assumptions and role of community organizing. In terms of theoretical resources, mostly rely on Marxian political economy and post-Marxist theoretical frameworks.


by Wibble