DR Kalissa Alexeyeff

DR Kalissa Alexeyeff


  • Dance (Affect)
  • Gender
  • Globalisation (Migration, Neoliberalism, Development)



  • Kalissa Alexeyeff is an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow. Previously, she was a Senior Lecturer in Gender Studies with a background in Critical Theory and Anthropology. Kalissa specialises in the areas of gender and sexuality, globalisation and development. She has also published widely on a range of interdisciplinary topics including Pacific performing arts and material culture, contemporary transgender identities and masculinities in the Pacific, human-animal relations, tourism, and transnationalism. Her first book Dancing from the Heart: Movement, Gender and Cook Islands Globalization (2009) explores the significance of dance to Cook Islands femininity throughout colonial history and in its contemporary global manifestations. She is co-editor with Niko Besnier of Gender on the Edge: Transgender, Gay, and Other Pacific Islanders (2014) which explores alternative sexualities and gender identities in the Pacific region.
    In 2015, Gender on the Edge was a recipient of the ICAS Reading Committee Edited Volume Accolade in the Social Sciences.
    Since 2012, Kalissa has been the vice president of the Australian Association for Pacific Studies (AAPS) and in 2015, an editorial board member of American Ethnologist.

    Current Research Projects
    New Regional Labour Circuits in the South Pacific: Gender, Culture and Transnationalism (ARC Future Fellowship)
    This project examines globalisation, migration and gendered affect. It looks at circuits of labour mobility in the Pacific region, Australia, Cook Islands, Samoa and Fiji in order to map inter-regional labour flows. The broad geopolitical and economic triggers of this movement are connected to the movement of individuals and families, and to their gendered and culturally embedded and embodied practice. Working with local NGOs across the region it aims to generate applied outcomes through documenting the impact and implication    


Member of

  • Vice President, Australian Association for the Advancement of Pacific Studies (AAAPS). Vice-President 2012 -
  • Australian Anthropological Society. Member 1998 -


Selected publications


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Additional Grant Information

  • McArthur Research Fellow 2008 – 2013
    Securing Pacific Development: Aid, Migration and Globalisation in the Cook Islands



Education and training

  • BA, La Trobe University
  • MA, Monash University
  • GCUT, University of Melbourne 2006
  • PhD, The Australian National University 2004



Available for supervision

  • Y