Liana MacDonald

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Research fellow School of Education

Qualifications

PhD, MEd, BA, GDipTchg (Secondary)

Profile

I am of Ngāti Kuia, Rangitāne o Wairau, Ngāti Koata, Ngāti Apa, Ngāi Tahu and Pākehā descent. I taught secondary school English for 11 years in three culturally diverse schools. My research is in the area of settler-colonialism, whiteness and racism.

Research

Current research projects

I am currently a research fellow for a Marsden project: He Taonga te Wareware: Remembering and Forgetting New Zealand’s Colonial Past.

Recently completed research

Ngā Moemoea ō Āpōpō: Taiohi Māori Speak About the Future. This three-year project (2017-2019) engaged young Māori in a series of critical conversations about the future. They spoke about their hopes and fears and how they will deal with the diverse needs of their families and communities in the years ahead. Funded by Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga (The Māori Centre of Research Excellence).

Silencing and institutional racism in settler-colonial education. Access to my PhD thesis: http://researcharchive.vuw.ac.nz/bitstream/handle/10063/8095/thesis_access.pdf?sequence=1

Recent publications

MacDonald, L. (2019, July). Whose story counts? Enacting a state narrative of biculturalism in New Zealand education. Ipu Kererū, Blog of the New Zealand Association for Research in Education (NZARE). Retrieved from: https://nzareblog.wordpress.com/2019/07/23/whose-story-counts/?fbclid=IwAR0c8bCeaiQt10dF80VOK6u8iu1F525x9zap3G6HbuRKqC4bv9aLqRiscqI

MacDonald, L. (2019). “The same as everyone else”: How academically successful Indigenous secondary school students respond to a hidden curriculum of settler silencing. Whiteness and Education, 4(1), 38-52.

MacDonald, L. (2019, March). The pros and cons of not looking Māori. E-Tangata, A Māori and Pasifika Sunday magazine. Retrieved from: https://e-tangata.co.nz/reflections/the-pros-and-cons-of-not-looking-maori/

MacDonald, L. (2018). Silencing and institutional racism in settler-colonial education. (Unpublished doctoral thesis). Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

Kidman, J., Ormond, A. & MacDonald, L. (2018). Everyday hope: Indigenous aims of education in post-settler societies. In J. Petrovic & R. Mitchell, (Eds.) Indigenous philosophies of education around the world. (pp. 228-245). New York: Routledge.

MacDonald. L. (2018, February). Why I didn't sit with the other Māori girls at school.  E-Tangata, A Māori and Pasifika Sunday magazine. Retrieved from: https://e-tangata.co.nz/news/why-i-didnt-sit-with-the-other-m%C4%81ori-girls-at-school

MacDonald, L. & Reynolds, M. (2017). “It’s all part of the job”: Everyday silencing in the life of a secondary school teacher. MAI Journal, 6(1), 47-60.

MacDonald. L. (2017, July). Institutional silencing, racism, and New Zealand schooling. Ipu Kererū, Blog of the New Zealand Association for Research in Education (NZARE). Retrieved from:  https://nzareblog.wordpress.com/2017/07/12/institutional-silencing/

MacDonald, L. (2011). Ki te taumata: A personal journey into the multiple identities of academically high achieving Māori girls (Unpublished master’s thesis). Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

Research dissemination

MacDonald, L. (2019, July). Invited panel member for 25th National Māori Teachers’ Conference. Post Primary Teachers’ Association (PPTA) Te Huarahi Māori Motuhake. Rotorua.

Ormond, A. & MacDonald, L. (2019, July). Walking with our ancestors: Decolonising indigenous youth studies in Aotearoa. Paper presented at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) Conference, Brisbane, Australia.

MacDonald, L. (2019, June). Thinking critically about biculturalism. Presentation for Forest & Bird, Wellington.

MacDonald, L. (2018). Secrets from the crypt: Silencing and the New Zealand state education system. Paper presented at the Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia (PESA) Conference, Rotorua.

MacDonald. L. (2017, November). Institutional silencing and racism in the New Zealand education system. Paper presented at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation (ADI) 50 Years of Naming Institutional Racism: Realising Racial Equity or Intensifying Injustices? Conference, Melbourne, Australia.

MacDonald, L. (2017, June). Everyday settler-colonial silencing in Aotearoa New Zealand secondary school English classrooms. Paper presented at the National Indigenous Research and Knowledges Network (NIRAKN) Race, Whiteness and Indigeneity International Conference, Gold Coast, Australia.

MacDonald, L. (2016, November). Establishing a settler racial contract. Paper presented at the Māori and Indigenous Doctoral Students’ (MAI) Conference, Wellington.

MacDonald, L. (2016, November). “The same as everyone else”: Māori students’ plea to whitestream educators. Paper presented at the New Zealand Association for Research in Education (NZARE) Conference, Wellington.

MacDonald, L. (2016, November). Māori as the ‘junior partner’. Paper presented at the Māori Association of Social Science (MASS) Conference, Wellington.

MacDonald, L. (2015, November). Teaching from the margins: Māori English teachers’ experiences of working within English departments from Māori-medium and English-medium school settings. Paper presented at the New Zealand Association for Research in Education (NZARE) Conference, Whakatāne.

MacDonald, L. (2015, October). A chocolate sprinkled ice-cream national identity. Symposium conducted at the meeting of Māori and Indigenous Doctoral Students (MAI), Wellington.