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SEUTA'AFILI 
PATRICK THOMSEN (PHD)

Queer Pacific Academic, Scholar-Activist, Writer and Social Commentator 

Committed to the development of collaborative Pacific voices across multiple fields of academic scholarship and public discourse.

 
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ABOUT

Born and raised in South Auckland, Seuta'afili Dr Patrick Thomsen is of Samoan descent and a Lecturer in Global Studies at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. As a newly-emerging Pacific academic he is also a well-known social commentator, researcher, freelance writer and activist concerned with SOGI Rights across the Pacific and in New Zealand. 

He is also currently the Principal Investigator for the Manalagi Project, New Zealand's first Pasifika Rainbow Health and Wellbeing Project and is the Pacific Co-Lead for the Human Rights Measurement Initiative (HRMI).

He is available for consultancy work in all things Pacific and SOGI. Also currently taking on supervision of new UoA graduate students interested in conducting work on these areas:

* Gender and Sexuality

* Transnational Pacific Studies

* Critical Race Theory

* New Zealand Politics

* Queer Pacific Studies

* Korean Studies

 

JOURNAL ARTICLES

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The Journal of New Zealand Studies, December 2019

 

NEWSPAPER PUBLICATIONS

 
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April 18 2021

Arriving on the precipice of potentially momentous change, historians are likely to record a combination of factors and issues that have played a part in this election outcome. These include constitutional amendments, electoral strategy, the measles epidemic, the taxing of the churches, and an increasingly connected transnational diaspora influencing local politics.

Whatever explanation our political analysts settle on in the next few months, I hope that we dispel once and for all the myth that democracy in Sāmoa and the wider Pacific is uneventful or unsophisticated and unworthy of New Zealand attention.

CURRENT RESEARCH AND COLLABORATION

Researching and Writing

CURRENT AND DEVELOPING RESEARCH PROJECTS

* ASSOCIATE INVESTIGATOR - RAINBOW, INTERSEX AND TAKATĀPUI YOUTH SURVEY DR JOHN FENAUGHTY PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR.

* PACIFIC PEOPLES IN SOUTH KOREA

 

TEACHING

Current Courses Taught at The University of Auckland

Semester 1, 2021

Introduces students to the discipline of Pacific Studies, framed by Pacific ways of knowing and doing and the expression and understanding of Pacific cultures. Topics covered include: health and wellbeing, ethnic and gender identities, spirituality, history, politics, sports and society, languages, performing arts, leadership and innovation and sustainability.

Semester 2, 2021

GLOBAL 200 introduces theories, methods and challenges of Global Studies research. Students engage with research design and methods in order to work in teams and independently to construct research proposals relevant to Global Studies majors and/or conjoints.

Semester 1 and 2, 2021 (TBC)

Semester 1
* Arts Scholars (What's a Samoan doing in Korean Queer Studies?)
Semester 2 
* Asian 140

 

GET IN TOUCH

Contact Seuta'afili Patrick Thomsen (PhD) to discuss their published work, teaching, collaboration opportunities or for any other inquiries.

Room 431 Te Puna Reo School of Cultures Languages and Linguistics (CLL) Building - 18 Symonds Street, Auckland Central

+6499236757

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