Kristi Giselsson is an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at The Cairns Institute.

She has a First Class Honours Degree in English Literature and a PhD within the discipline of Philosophy. Her PhD thesis  (later published as a book, Grounds for Respect: Particularism, Universalism and Communal Accountability) critically assessed past and present formulations of – and challenges to – the concept of a common humanity, providing a new conceptualisation of what it might mean to be human and the grounds needed in order to justify respect for others.

Kristi's research interests span Moral and Political Philosophy, Indigenous Studies, critical thinking, adult literacy, and the intersection between literature and philosophy.

In relation to Moral and Political Philosophy, her article Rethinking Dignity ( http://rdcu.be/Idbr) explores the relationship between dignity and human rights, offering an account of dignity within which all humans might be seen as possessing inherent worth.

More recently, Kristi's article Critical Literacy and Critical Thinking: Mutually Exclusive? explores whether the relativistic frameworks underpinning critical literacy have the potential to undermine concepts traditionally associated with critical thinking, such as logic and truth.


  • Moral and Political Philosophy Human Rights Critical Thinking Indigenous Studies Adult Literacy Literature
  • 2021 to present - Language, Literacy and Numeracy Volunteer and Trainer, Lotus Glen Correctional Centre (Mareeba, Far North Queensland)
  • 2021 to 2022 - Indigenous Peer Assisted Learning Advisor, Indigenous Education and Research Centre, James Cook University (Nguma-Bada Campus, Cairns)
  • 2021 to 2022 - Indigenous Studies Lecturer, Tutor and Research Assistant, Indigenous Education and Research Centre, James Cook University (Nguma-Bada Campus, Cairns)
  • 2015 to 2020 - Coordinator, Pathways Program, James Cook University (Nguma-Bada Campus,Cairns)
  • 2016 to 2018 - Graduate Certificate in Education, Academic Practice, James Cook University (Nguma-Bada Campus, Cairns)
  • 2014 - Tutor and Project Officer, James Cook University (Nguma-Bada Campus, Cairns)
  • 2007 to 2013 - Lecturer, Tutor, Honorary Reseach Associate, University of Tasmania (Hobart)
  • 2007 to 2009 - PhD candidate, University of Tasmania (Hobart, Tasmania)
  • 2004 to 2005 - Bachelor of Arts, First Class Honours in English, University of Southern Queensland (Toowoomba, Queensland)
  • 1999 to 2003 - Bachelor of Arts, English, Murdoch University (Perth, WA)
Research Disciplines
  • 2019 - Australian Award for University Teaching: Award for Programs that Enhance Learning – Student Experiences and Learning Support Services – James Cook University Diploma of Higher Education
  • 2018 - Inclusive Practice Award: Awarded in Recognition of Exceptional Support for Students with a Disability. James Cook University, 2018
  • 2018 - Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning: The Diploma of Higher Education Team, Pathways Programs, James Cook University, 2018
  • 2005 - Unilink Village Prize for Best Honours Thesis in Literature, University of Southern Queensland
  • 2005 to 2008 - Australian Postgraduate Award Scholarship
  • 2006 to 2007 - Inaugural Zonta Research Grant, 2006-2007.

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