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.
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 of Regional Studies and Development
Higher Education Research and Development
The New Zealand Annual Review of Education, March 2020
Journal of Homosexuality. December 2019
PUBLISHED IN E-TANGATA
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
CURRENT AND DEVELOPING RESEARCH PROJECTS
* ASSOCIATE INVESTIGATOR - RAINBOW, INTERSEX AND TAKATĀPUI YOUTH SURVEY DR JOHN FENAUGHTY PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR.
* PACIFIC PEOPLES IN SOUTH KOREA
Current Courses Taught at The University of Auckland
GUEST LECTURES AND TALKS IN 2021
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)
* Arts Scholars (What's a Samoan doing in Korean Queer Studies?)
* 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