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Dr Michelle Schaaf

michelleBA, BCom, DipArts, MA, PhD (Otago)
Tongan and Samoan

Contact details

Office: 4S5, Te Tumu (Richardson Building, South Tower)
Tel: +64 3 479 8805
Email: michelle.schaaf@otago.ac.nz

Research

Michelle's research interests include Pacific Islands women and education, and the representation of Polynesian female body image with particular reference to sport in New Zealand.

Teaching

Supervision

Current

  • Tautala Aiono-Faletolu - MIndS - Tofa Soifua Fa Laia: Implications of the So’otaga Model to Social Work Practice
  • Helen Schmidt - MIndS - Is Alcohol our spiritual water?

Past

  • Esmay Eteuati (with Associate Professor Henny Bryant-Tokalau) - MIndS - ‘E te sau ma ou fa’aniusila na…You bring with you your New Zealand ways.’ Roots migration and its impact on Samoan identity affirmation” (2010)
  • Malia Lameta (with Professor Michael Reilly) - MA - The changing role of Samoan women in Samoan society (2009)

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Publications

Schaaf, R. M. (2017). The Pacific body and racism. In H. Randell-Moon (Ed.), Incarceration, Migration and Indigenous Sovereignty: Thoughts on Existence and Resistance in Racist Times. (pp. 44-50). Dunedin, New Zealand: Department of Media, Film and Communication, University of Otago.

Brown, C., Lao, C., Lawrenson, R., Tin Tin, S., Schaaf, M., Kidd, J., … Elwood, M. (2017). Characteristics of and differences between Pasifika women and New Zealand European women diagnosed with breast cancer in New Zealand. New Zealand Medical Journal, 130(1467), 50-61. Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Finigan, A., Taumoepeau, M., Richards, R., & Schaaf, M. (Eds.). (2017). Proceedings of the Pacific Postgraduate Symposium: Pacific Voices XIII. Dunedin, New Zealand: Pacific Islands Centre, University of Otago. 49p.

Schaaf, M. (2016, February). The legacy of P.A.C.I.F.I.C.A Inc.: Rendering the prominence of Pacific female leadership in Dunedin. Verbal presentation at the Making Women Visible Conference: A Conference in Honour of Barbara Brookes, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Schaaf, R. M. (2014). A place to stand and belong. Proceedings of the Combined Association of Social Anthropologists of Aotearoa New Zealand and Australian Anthropological Society (ASAANZ/AAS) Conference: Cosmopolitan Anthropologies. (pp. 52-53). Retrieved from http://www.otago.ac.nz/anthropology/conf/publications.html

Chapter in Book - Research

Schaaf, M. (2011). Navigating the competing worlds and lived realities of a PhD candidate. In M. Waring & K. Kearins (Eds.), Thesis survivor stories. (pp. 203-211). Auckland, New Zealand: AUT Media.

Saisoa'a, M. M. (2004). Ngā hekenga hou : Pacific peoples in Aotearoa/New Zealand. In T. M. Ka'ai, J. C. Moorfield, M. P. J. Reilly & S. Mosley (Eds.), Ki te whaiao: An introduction to Māori culture and society. (pp. 227-243). Auckland: Pearson.

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Chapter in Book - Other

Schaaf, R. M. (2017). The Pacific body and racism. In H. Randell-Moon (Ed.), Incarceration, Migration and Indigenous Sovereignty: Thoughts on Existence and Resistance in Racist Times. (pp. 44-50). Dunedin, New Zealand: Department of Media, Film and Communication, University of Otago.

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Journal - Research Article

Brown, C., Lao, C., Lawrenson, R., Tin Tin, S., Schaaf, M., Kidd, J., … Elwood, M. (2017). Characteristics of and differences between Pasifika women and New Zealand European women diagnosed with breast cancer in New Zealand. New Zealand Medical Journal, 130(1467), 50-61. Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Schaaf, R. M. (2014). A place to stand and belong. Proceedings of the Combined Association of Social Anthropologists of Aotearoa New Zealand and Australian Anthropological Society (ASAANZ/AAS) Conference: Cosmopolitan Anthropologies. (pp. 52-53). Retrieved from http://www.otago.ac.nz/anthropology/conf/publications.html

Schaaf, M. (2009). Experiences of postgraduate supervision: A supervisee's perspective. In C. Matthewson & M. Taumoepeau (Eds.), Proceedings of the Pacific Postgraduate Symposium: Pacific Voices VI. (pp. 43). Dunedin, New Zealand: Pacific Islands Centre, University of Otago. [Abstract]

Schaaf, R. M. (2006). Notions of the Pacific Island female body and the impact on Pacific participation in the sport of Netball. In C. Matthewson & M. Taumoepeau (Eds.), Proceedings of the Pacific Postgraduate Symposium: Pacific Voices III. (pp. 39). Dunedin, New Zealand: Pacific Islands Centre, University of Otago. [Abstract]

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Conference Contribution - Edited volume of conference proceedings

Finigan, A., Taumoepeau, M., Richards, R., & Schaaf, M. (Eds.). (2017). Proceedings of the Pacific Postgraduate Symposium: Pacific Voices XIII. Dunedin, New Zealand: Pacific Islands Centre, University of Otago. 49p.

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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Schaaf, M. (2016, February). The legacy of P.A.C.I.F.I.C.A Inc.: Rendering the prominence of Pacific female leadership in Dunedin. Verbal presentation at the Making Women Visible Conference: A Conference in Honour of Barbara Brookes, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Schaaf, M. R. (2005, November). Pacific Island women, body image and sport. Verbal presentation at the 7th World Indigenous Peoples' Conference on Education Conference, Hamilton, New Zealand.

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Other Research Output

Schaaf, M. (2010, October). Navigating the competing worlds and lived realities of a PhD candidate. University of Otago Te Tumu, School of Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies Seminar, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Department Seminar].

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Awarded Doctoral Degree

Schaaf, R. M. J. (2011). Pacific participation in Aotearoa/Niu Sila netball: Body image, family, church, culture, education and physical education (PhD). University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.

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Awarded Masters Degree

Saisoa'a, R. M. (1999). Tama'ita'i wilson mai o moata'a: The role of Sāmoan women as facilitators of learning University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.

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