Notes on Contributors

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Notes on Contributors


Marie-Claire Patron

(Ph.D.) is Assistant Professor of Intercultural Communication, French and Spanish at Bond University, Australia. Her research interests and publications include monographs, ethnographies and co-edited books on cultural identity issues, internationalisation of students and interpersonal relationship issues, including emotional and psychological abuse. Marie-Claire has published four books and three co-edited volumes since 2007.

Julia Kraven

(Ph.D.) has a background in English and Japanese Linguistics. She is currently teaching English as a Second Language whilst doing her second Ph.D. in the field of Intercultural and Global Citizenship Education at Bond University. Her ongoing research centres around the problem of personal growth through intercultural experience.


James Arvanitakis

(Ph.D.) is the Pro Vice Chancellor (Research and Graduate Studies) at Western Sydney University. He is a Professor in the Humanities and a member of the University’s Institute for Culture and Society. He researches the future of universities, data ethics and citizenship.

Damian Cox

(Ph.D.) is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Bond University. He is co-author of Integrity and the Fragile Self (Ashgate, 2003), Politics Most Unusual (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), and Thinking through Film (Blackwell, 2011). He has published numerous articles in ethics and philosophy.

Mark Dinnen

(Ph.D.) is Assistant Professor of International Relations at Bond University, Gold Coast. For his work in education and Model United Nations Mark was awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning through Sustained Innovation, and in 2019 received a national Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning through the Australian Awards for University Teaching.

R. James Ferguson

(Ph.D.) is Director of the Centre for East-West Cultural and Economic Studies and Assistant Professor of International Relations, the Faculty of Society and Design, Bond University, Australia. He is actively involved in research, lecturing, course design and publishing in International Relations, European and Eurasian Studies, East-West Studies, Strategic Studies and Asian cultures. Recent books include The Politics and Philosophy of Chinese Power (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016) and China’s Eurasian Dilemmas (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2018).

Tom Frengos

(M.Ed.) is an author, lecturer, facilitator, coach and intercultural researcher currently based in Japan and Australia. He holds a Master of Applied Science (Psychology of Coaching) and a Master in Education. Born in Canada, he has lived in Japan, Korea, and Australia and has taught university and corporate audiences about cross-cultural understanding and wisdom. He is currently researching Japanese philosophy and how it can facilitate intercultural dialogue.

Dennis Harmon II

(M.S.Ed.) is a Lecturer in the Faculty of International Communication at Hokuriku University. His research interests deal with intercultural contact, identity, and construction of self, with specific focus on pedagogical influences on identity.

Donna Henson

(Ph.D.) is Associate Professor of Communication in the Faculty of Society and Design at Bond University. Her research interests centre on meaning-making post-trauma, rumination and narrative, autoethnography and relational communication. Her work has been published in various journals including Qualitative Inquiry and Cultural Studies – Critical Methodologies.

Alexandra Hoyt

(B.A.) is a full-time Event Coordinator specialising in entertainment and academia. She most recently has worked at Loyola Marymount University in University Advancement Special Events, and prior to that she worked in entertainment events at companies such as Nickelodeon (Viacom) and Sesame Workshop. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Manhattanville College (New York, USA).

William Kelly

(Ph.D.) is a retired lecturer in Communication Studies at UCLA. His area of specialisation is Intercultural Communication, and he is currently working on a book about how the writings of African Americans have expanded his identity as a white American. He spent 24 years abroad, mostly in Japan and Southeast Asia.

Lucyann Kerry

(Ph.D.) is a full Professor at the American University of Armenia where she teaches in the English and Communications Program. Her research interests focus on the creative industries, film genre and storytelling, celebrity studies and the global film industry.

Taryn J. Mathis

(M.B.A.) lectures at Bond University in Global Citizenship and also teaches Ethics. Her research focuses on Ethics in Volunteerism and Global Citizenship as part of her Ph.D.

Tony McHugh

(M.D.Sc., Ph.D., FRACDS) has been affiliated with the University of Sydney for more than three decades. His clinical practice and broad-ranging research in both the health sciences and sociocultural theory has provided a multifaceted background to his latest book Faces Inside and Outside the Clinic (Routledge, 2016). Tony divides his time between Australia and Europe, and is well-recognised across diverse disciplines as an academic editor, adviser and lecturer.

Raoul Mortley

(Ph.D.) is a scholar working in Philosophy and the history of ideas, particularly in the areas of the Greek and Christian tradition, and of modern European philosophy. His latest book is on Plotinus, and he is currently working on the ideas of narcissism, and of hope.

Kristin Newton

(B.A.) specialises in conducting corporate workshops on art and creativity internationally, using drawing as a tool to enable people to think in a new way. During the Spring term she is a Lecturer of Art at International College of Liberal Arts, Yamanashi Gakuin University, Japan.

Darren Swanson

(Ph.D.) is an Associate Lecturer at Central Queensland University’s School of Access Education in Sydney, and the University of Sydney’s Centre for English Teaching. His research interests and publications mostly deal with the social history of foreigners in Japan.

Peter Mbago Wakholi

(Ph.D.) is an author, educator and independent researcher working with the Education Department of Western Australia. He is actively involved in research, teaching, and publishing in areas of Cultural Identity, Cultural Competence and Belonging. Recent books include African Cultural Education and the African Youth in Western Australia (VDM Verlag, 2008).