Karen Hughes is Senior Lecturer in Indigenous Studies at Swinburne University of Technology. She has also taught at Monash University and the University of South Australia, and in 2011 was a Visiting Fellow at University Paris 13. Her research focuses on intimate and gendered histories of the contact zone in New World settler-colonial societies, incorporating transnational perspectives. She is currently involved in a cross-cultural collaborative project with Indigenous communities in southern Australia and the United States, as well as an intergenerational study with the Ngukurr community of South East Arnhem Land. Her research pursues de-colonising methodologies through a partnership approach to ethnography.