Languages spoken: English (native), French (fluent), Yuin (beginner)
Amanda Porter was appointed as Senior Fellow (Indigenous Programs) at Melbourne Law School in 2020. She is Yuin through her mother’s family and has over 15 years’ experience researching and advocating for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights in the settler colonial legal system.
Amanda’s work examines the violence of policing/security, with a particular focus on deaths in custody, premature deaths, and near misses. Her current book project, ‘Unsettling Security: Policing, Violence and the Myth of Public Safety’ is under contract with Palgrave. Previous research examined community safety and defence initiatives (such as night patrols, custody notification services and ‘no jurisdiction’ cases) and appeared in Theoretical Criminology, Current Issues in Criminal Justice and elsewhere.
In addition to the above, Amanda has worked as a research consultant with state and federal government agencies as well as with various non-government Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations in Australia. She has particular interests in racialisation and criminalisation, Indigenous legal issues, youth justice, police powers and social justice lawyering.
Before joining Melbourne Law School, Amanda was a Scientia Fellow at UNSW Law and a Chancellor's Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research at the University of Technology Sydney. She has held fellowships at Harvard Law School, the International Institute for the Sociology of Law, the National Centre for Indigenous Studies at the Australian National University and the Centre for Criminology at Oxford University.