Nikki Moodie is a Kamilaroi (Gomeroi/Gamilaraay) woman, born in Gunnedah, NSW. She is a Senior Lecturer in Indigenous Studies in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne. In 2017, Nikki received the Betty Watts Indigenous Researcher Award from the Australian Association for Research in Education, and is an Editor of the Critical Race & Whiteness Studies journal.
Nikki holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Political Science from the University of Queensland, and a PhD in sociology from the Australian National University. She teaches in the areas of social policy and Indigenous studies, and her main research interests are indigeneity, surveillance and education, focusing on social networks, the governance of Indigenous policy and data production.
Nikki is currently researching the issue of professional accreditation in Indigenous education for teachers, and the experiences of Indigenous research students at university. Nikki intends to expand her research to explore the application of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to education governance.