Our People


Associate Professor Reuben Bolt is the Director of the Nura Gili Indigenous Programs Unit, and leads the Nura Gili Management Team. He is a descendant of the Yuin/Wandandian and Ngarigo peoples, and is the first person of Aboriginal heritage to graduate with a PhD at the Faculty of Health Sciences (Sydney Uni). He has many years teaching experience in NSW Universities, and currently oversees the operations of Nura Gili.

Teaching and Research

Dr Diana Perche’s research interests focus on politics and public policy, with a strong interest in how government decisions are made affecting Indigenous people in Australia, and how these decisions are influenced by ideology, evidence, activism and power. Before joining Nura Gili, Diana was the director of postgraduate studies in Politics and Public Policy at Macquarie University. Previously, Diana worked in a number of policy-related positions, including in the Australian Public Service.

Johanna joined Nura Gili in 2014. Her research interests are in the area of Australian Indigenous and colonial histories, including Indigenous activism and settler colonial engagement with Indigenous peoples. She co-ordinates ATSI 2003: Indigenous Material Culture - Objects and their JourneysATSI 3002: Indigenous Australia - Gendered Identitiesand ATSI3017: Indigenous Histories and the Colonial World.

Ben is a Lecturer at Nura Gili where he has taught since 2007. The overarching theme across his research and teaching is a concern with the politics and ideology of struggles for social change. He is currently completing a PhD at the University of Sydney. Ben coordinates ATSI2011 Indigenous Political History, ATSI3005 Whiteness Beyond Colour: Identity and Difference and ATSI2012 Contemporary Issues in Indigenous Politics.

Sarah is a Lecturer at Nura Gili and is also enrolled as a PhD candidate in the School of Education at UNSW. Her research focuses on teaching and learning scholarship in the field of Australian Indigenous Studies.  Sarah teaches ATSI1011 Indigenous Australia the gateway course to the Nura Gili Indigenous Studies Major and ATSI1012 Aboriginal Sydney. Both courses provide an introduction to scholarship in this field and are suitable as electives for all students across the university.