I work in the general field of sociology of education. My books and articles have focused on a diverse range of social and political sites including feminist theory, an ethnography of Pacific Islands girls’ schooling, and social anxiety about touching children. My most recent work is on the complexities of Māori-Pakeha educational relationships, in their origins in the early 19th century and in their present configurations. The ontological work in ‘post humanism’ and ‘new materialism’ stimulates my writing and thinking. I teach research methodologies, and I offer academic writing workshops for staff and graduate students.