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DR Cameo Dalley




  • Cameo is a socio-cultural anthropologist and current McArthur Fellow in the School of Social and Political Sciences. Her current research project is based in the remote East Kimberley region of Western Australia examining local race relations, particularly in light of the proposed closure of Aboriginal communities. From 2012 to 2015 she ran the Centre for Native Title Anthropology at the Australian National University with Professor Nicolas Peterson based on a grant awarded by the Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department. She has published on issues of identity, indigeneity and race relations. Her doctoral research was based in the remote Aboriginal community of Mornington Island in Queensland's Gulf of Carpentaria and included over eighteen months of ethnographic fieldwork. The thesis was focused on Aboriginal people's relational ontologies — the construction of families and relatedness, alcohol and violence, mobile and digital technologies and connections to country. The thesis was nominated for the Australian Anthropological Society Best PhD Thesis Prize 2012. Cameo has undertaken native title and cultural heritage consultancy work with Aboriginal people in South East Queensland, Cape York and the Northern Territory. She was Secretary of the Australian Anthropological Society from 2010-2012.   


Member of

  • Australian Anthropological Society. Fellow 2009 -


Selected publications



Education and training

  • PhD, The University of Queensland 2012
  • BA (Hons), The University of Queensland 2004


Available for supervision

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