Professor Hokowhitu, who is Maori of Ngati Pukenga descent, is a greatly respected Indigenous academic and university leader with decades of experience and an extensive media profile in both New Zealand and Canada. 

He has served as Dean and Professor of Indigenous Studies at both the University of Waikato (NZ) and University of Alberta (Canada), and has held teaching positions at the University of Otago (NZ) and University of Victoria (Canada). 

His academic track record includes a range of innovations in course and curriculum design including the development of the ‘Indigenous Canada’ MOOC, which became the largest course in all of Canada, and the creation of an Indigenous Studies PhD at Alberta. 

Professor Hokowhitu is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand and recently became President of the Native and American Indigenous Studies Association. 

He has an extensive publication record including as lead editor of the recently published (2021) Routledge Handbook of Critical Indigenous Studies, and has led numerous significant external research grants. 

Professor Hokowhitu will be based in New Zealand at this time during CoVID restrictions.