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College of Humanities and Social Sciences

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With a Massey qualification in humanities or social sciences, you can inspire people, shape policy, solve problems and create new ways of thinking.

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Whether you’re a student or research partner, you’ll benefit from the expertise of our internationally recognised researchers.

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Meet our staff

Professor Cynthia White

Pro Vice-Chancellor

Cynthia White is an internationally recognised scholar in applied linguistics. She is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of New England and a member of the Marsden Fund Council where she chairs the Humanities panel. Cynthia is President of the Applied Linguistics Association of New Zealand and member of the International Committee of the International Applied Linguistics Association.

Professor Chris Gallavin

Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor

Chris Gallavin is an Eisenhower Fellow. He has given more than 1000 interviews on issues involving the criminal justice system of New Zealand. Chris is a senior tertiary manager skilled in policy analysis, strategic university planning, and criminal law and evidence.

Professor Bill Fish

Research Director

Bill Fish is a Professor of Philosophy, and his research focuses on issues in the philosophy of mind and perception. He is particularly interested in defending naïve realism in the philosophy of perception and exploring whether this view can be extended to theories of consciousness more generally.

Professor Glenn Banks

Head of School of People, Environment and Planning

Glenn Banks’ research is focussed on the socio-economic and cultural dimensions of large-scale, private sector investment in the extractive industries in Papua New Guinea.

Professor Meihana Durie

Head of Te Pūtahi-a-Toi / School of Māori Knowledge

Meihana Durie helped establish Ngā Purapura, a development committed to the empowerment of whānau through education in health, exercise, sport and the growth and creation of new Māori bodies of knowledge.

Associate Professor Ross Flett

Head of School of Psychology

Ross Flett has research interests in applied psychology, social and health psychology, and wellbeing and positive psychology.

Associate Professor Alison Kearney

Head of Institute of Education

Alison Kearney is co-director of the Equity Through Education Research Centre, and editor of New Zealand educational journal Kairaranga. Alison’s research focuses on social justice, education equity and inequity. Before working at Massey, Alison was a primary school teacher.

Associate Professor Jenny Lawn

Head of School of English and Media Studies

Jenny Lawn’s research interests are in postcolonial literature, narrative theory, Kiwi gothic, gender theory, representations of trauma in literature and film, contemporary NZ literary and cultural studies, and NZ writers’ response to neoliberalism.

Associate Professor Kerry Taylor

Head of School of Humanities

Kerry Taylor works in New Zealand history, specifically the history of the socialist left and Labour movement. He has published mostly on the history of the NZ communist movement.

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Our leading academics and scientists ensure their cutting-edge research works hard in the real world, not just in the classroom or laboratory. Find out more about our clinics, where you can benefit from the latest research and expertise from Massey's College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Massey psychology clinics

Massey University’s psychology clinics offer psychology services to the general public. We also do research, train psychology students, and offer services for practising psychology professionals. We have clinics on each campus:

Speech Language Therapy Clinic

Our clinic at Massey University’s Auckland campus provides services for communication and swallowing disorders in children and adults. Student clinicians assess and treat clients under the supervision of highly qualified and experienced clinical staff.

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