Dr Gregory Vass

BA/Bsoc Sci, BSoc Sch (Hons), Grad Dip Ed, PhD
School of Education


+61 2 9385 2524
+61 2 9385 1946
110 Goodsell Building
Kensington Campus
Fields: Sociology of Education, Curriculum and Pedagogy, Race and Ethnic Relations, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education, Education Policy
Tags: Teaching and Instruction not elsewhere classified, Learner and Learning not elsewhere classified, Curriculum, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education

Greg's work in the Sociology of Education is concerned with social and Indigenous perspectives in education. His research interests are focused on investigating relationships between policy enactment, and pedagogic/curricula performative race-making practices and inequalities. This work explores how discrimination and privilege are connected to subjectivities that continue to rely on racialised social scripts and everyday practices. Building on his experiences as a high school teacher, central to his work are concerns with how educators can work towards disrupting the reproduction of raced hierarchies and inequalities within educational settings.


    Book Chapters

    • Vass G, 2018, 'White microaffirmations in the classroom: Encoungers with everyday race-making', in The relationality of race in education research, edn. Local/Global Issues in Education, Routledge, Abingdon, pp. 72 - 84
    • Stanley P;Vass G, 2018, 'On the difficulties of writing about culture in autoethnography', in Questions of culture in autoethnography, Routledge
    • Vass G;Chalmers G, 2016, 'NAPLAN, achievement gaps and embedding indigenous perspectives in schooling: Disrupting the decolonial option', in National Testing in Schools: An Australian Assessment, pp. 139 - 151, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315659312
    • Vass G, 2015, 'Derrida: The 'impossibility' of deconstructing educational policy enactment', in Gulson K; Clarke M; Bendix Petersen E (ed.), Education Policy and Contemporary Theory: Implications for Research, Routledge, Abingdon, Oxon, pp. 52 - 62, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315818429
    • Lingard B;Creagh S;Vass G, 2013, 'Education policy as numbers: Data categories and two Australian cases of misrecognition', in Politics, Policies and Pedagogies in Education: The Selected Works of Bob Lingard, pp. 51 - 67, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780203765708
    • Lingard B;Vass G;Mackinlay E, 2012, 'Reimagining Lines of Flight in Schooling for Indigenous Students in Australia', in Lavia JM; Mahlomaholo S (ed.), CULTURE, EDUCATION, AND COMMUNITY: EXPRESSIONS OF THE POSTCOLONIAL IMAGINATION, edn. Postcolonial Studies in Education, PALGRAVE, pp. 125 - 146, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000313990000009&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a

    Journal articles

    • Vass G, 2018, ''Aboriginal learning style' and culturally responsive schooling: Entangled, Entangling, and the possibilities of getting disentangled', Australian Journal of Teacher Education, vol. 43, pp. 89 - 104, http://dx.doi.org/10.14221/ajte.2018v43n8.6
    • Vass G, 2017, 'Preparing for Culturally Responsive Schooling: Initial Teacher Educators Into the Fray', Journal of Teacher Education, vol. 68, pp. 451 - 462, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0022487117702578
    • Vass G, 2017, 'Getting inside the insider researcher: does race-symmetry help or hinder research?', International Journal of Research and Method in Education, vol. 40, pp. 137 - 153, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1743727X.2015.1063045
    • Vass G;Gottschall K, 2016, 'Social justice and race critical education research', Critical Studies in Education, vol. 57, pp. 411 - 419, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17508487.2016.1225399
    • Vass G, 2016, 'Everyday race-making pedagogies in the classroom', British Journal of Sociology of Education, vol. 37, pp. 371 - 388, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01425692.2014.928585
    • Vass G, 2015, 'Putting critical race theory to work in Australian education research: ‘we are with the garden hose here’', Australian Educational Researcher, vol. 42, pp. 371 - 394, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13384-014-0160-1
    • Vass G, 2014, 'Everyday race-making pedagogies in the classroom', British Journal of Sociology of Education, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01425692.2014.928585
    • Vass G, 2014, 'The racialised educational landscape in Australia: Listening to the whispering elephant', Race Ethnicity and Education, vol. 17, pp. 176 - 201, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13613324.2012.674505
    • Vass G, 2013, 'Hear no race, see no race, speak no race: teacher silence, Indigenous youth, and race talk in the classroom', Social Alternatives, vol. 32, pp. 19 - 24
    • Vass G, 2012, '‘So, What is Wrong with Indigenous Education?’ Perspective, Position and Power Beyond a Deficit Discourse', The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, vol. 41, pp. 85 - 96, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/jie.2012.25
    • Lingard B;Creagh S;Vass G, 2012, 'Education policy as numbers: Data categories and two Australian cases of misrecognition', Journal of Education Policy, vol. 27, pp. 315 - 333, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02680939.2011.605476

    Edited Books

    • 2018, The Relationality of Race in Education Research
    • 2018, Questions of culture in autoethnography, Routledge, Abingdon UK

Teaching and Supervision


Year 1 Convenor BA/BEd; BCom/BEd; BEc/BEd; BFA/BEd; BMA/BEd; BDes/BEd
EDST2070 Culture, Identity and Education
EDST1104 Social Perspectives in Education

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