College of Humanities and Social Sciences

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Creative thinking for a changing world

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With a Massey qualification in humanities or social sciences, you can inspire people, shape policy, solve problems and create new ways of thinking.

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Whether you’re a student or research partner, you’ll benefit from the expertise of our internationally recognised researchers.

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Meet our staff

Professor Cynthia White

Pro Vice-Chancellor

Cynthia White is an internationally recognised scholar in applied linguistics. She is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of New England and a member of the Marsden Fund Council where she chairs the Humanities panel. Cynthia is President of the Applied Linguistics Association of New Zealand and member of the International Committee of the International Applied Linguistics Association.

Professor Bill Fish

Research Director

Bill Fish is a Professor of Philosophy, and his research focuses on issues in the philosophy of mind and perception. He is particularly interested in defending naïve realism in the philosophy of perception and exploring whether this view can be extended to theories of consciousness more generally.

Professor Glenn Banks

Head of School of People, Environment and Planning

Glenn Banks’ research is focussed on the socio-economic and cultural dimensions of large-scale, private sector investment in the extractive industries in Papua New Guinea.

Associate Professor Alison Kearney

Head of Institute of Education

Alison Kearney is co-director of the Equity Through Education Research Centre, and editor of New Zealand educational journal Kairaranga. Alison’s research focuses on social justice, education equity and inequity. Before working at Massey, Alison was a primary school teacher.

Professor Kerry Taylor

Head of School of Humanities, Media and Creative Communication

Kerry Taylor works in New Zealand history, specifically the history of the socialist left and Labour movement. He has published mostly on the history of the NZ communist movement.

Professor Mandy Morgan

Head of School of Psychology

Mandy Morgan is a Professor of Feminist Psychology. She has particular interests in theoretical debates concerning the relationships between feminisms, poststructural theories and psychologies. As well as these theoretical interests, she’s involved in a programme of studies on the ways that domestic violence service and intervention providers and clients understand their experiences.

Professor Hēmi Whaanga

Head of School Te Pūtahi-a-Toi

Hēmi Whaanga specialises in mātauranga, indigenous methodologies, linguistics and te reo Māori, ethics and technology. His background includes research, leadership and teaching, and he has contributed at disciplinary, institutional, national and international levels.

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    Massey psychology clinics

    Massey University’s psychology clinics offer psychology services to the general public. We also do research, train psychology students, and offer services for practising psychology professionals. We have clinics on each campus:

    Speech Language Therapy Clinic

    Our clinic at Massey University’s Auckland campus provides services for communication and swallowing disorders in children and adults. Student clinicians assess and treat clients under the supervision of highly qualified and experienced clinical staff.

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