Hayley Marama Cavino, PhD is of Māori (Iwi/Tribes: Ngāti Whitikaupeka, Ngāti Pūkenga) and Pākehā (English) descent. She holds a PhD (Cultural Foundations of Education) and C.A.S (Women's & Gender Studies) from Syracuse University where she wrote a doctoral thesis on the colonial context of sexual violence and trauma experienced by Māori whānau (indigenous extended family) and the connections between violence on the land and body. She holds Masters and Bachelors degrees in Psychology from the University of Waikato (Aotearoa/New Zealand), and a Certificate in Māori Language (Poupou Huia Te Reo) from Te Wānanga o Raukawa (Aotearoa/New Zealand). Hayley is currently a teaching fellow in the Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies at the University of Waikato where she teaches indigenous research methods to graduates, and an adjunct professor in Native American & Indigenous Studies at Syracuse University where she teaches indigenous women’s lives. She has previously taught at Colgate University (Educational Studies), Ithaca College (Sociology, Women's & Gender Studies), and Syracuse University (Women’s & Gender Studies, Renee Crown Honors Program, Cultural Foundations of Education).

Hayley is a past recipient of the New Zealand Psychological Society James Ritchie Fellowship for Contributions to the Development of Bi-Cultural Research, Syracuse University School of Education Creative Research Grant, New Zealand Health Research Council Postgraduate Fellowship (Te Atawhai o Te Ao Independent Research Unit for Environment & Health – He Kokonga Whare program), Ithaca College Dissertation Diversity Fellowship (Women's & Gender Studies), and the Bringing Theory to Practice (Association of American Colleges & Universities) Campus Dialogue Grant. Previously she worked for more than 20 years as a program evaluator and coordinator—wherein she managed research and scholarly projects for a variety of clients/funders to include: US Department of Education, NYSED, Mellon Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and in Aotearoa/New Zealand: Ministry of Health, Te Rūnanga o Kirikiriroa, Hamilton Safer Cities/Hamilton Police, Foundation for Research, Science, & Technology, Alcohol Advisory Council, Children, Young Persons, & Their Families Agency, Health Funding Authority, and Te Puni Kōkiri/Ministry of Māori Development.

Hayley has previously published in various forums to include the American Journal of Evaluation, Sexual Abuse in Australia & New Zealand: An Interdisciplinary Journal, and the recently released edited volume Decolonizing Research: Indigenous Storywork as Methodology (Zed Books). She is currently revising a book manuscript provisionally titled Of Land & Bodies: Rewriting Rape on Indigenous Territory. In addition to research, teaching and writing, Hayley is a practitioner of raranga (traditional Māori weaving) as taught by her kaiako Veranoa Hetet of Hetet School of Māori Art. Hayley is honored to sit in solidarity with the Rematriation sisterhood—a community of Haudenosaunee women working to restore balance in indigenous worlds. When not at home in Aotearoa she lives on settler occupied Onondaga Territory with her partner, three boys, and a Boston Terrier.


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