Professor Michele Grossman

BA (SUNY-Purchase), MA (CUNY-Queens), PhD (Monash)

Director and Research Program Leader, Centre for Cultural Diversity and Wellbeing (CCDW)

Professor Michele Grossman has taught and researched at VU since 1990. She is currently Director for the Centre for Cultural Diversity and Wellbeing (CCDW), where she also leads the Mobilities, Transitions and Resilience Research Program. Before joining CCDW, Professor Grossman served as Associate Dean (Research and Research Training) for the College of Arts’ predecessor Faculty from 2005-2012. 

Professor Grossman's research interests and track record focus on cultural diversity, cultural transitions and community engagement. She is especially interested in policing and cultural diversity, countering violent extremism and community engagement, and theories of multiculturalism, diaspora and convivial social pluralism. She has produced research and publications through collaboration with a wide range of community and government partners spanning the police and government sectors, health and wellbeing agencies, and community development and arts organisations. Professor Grossman is a member of the Attorney-General’s Dept. Countering Violent Extremism Research Panel and serves on the VicHealth Advisory Board to Reduce Race-Based Discrimination.

Professor Grossman actively supervises PhD research students in the areas of refugee studies, diaspora studies, cultural diversity and creative and critical writing. She has won university awards for excellence in research supervision, and her own work has been recognised through shortlisting for national awards from peak bodies such as the Australian Human Rights Commission.

Recent publications


Grossman, M (2013) Entangled Subjects: Indigenous/Australian Cross-Cultures of Talk, Text and Modernity (Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi).

Grossman, M (2003, coord. ed.), Blacklines: Contemporary Critical Writing by Indigenous Australians (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press). Reprinted 2006, 2012.

Refereed chapters

Grossman, M (2014) ‘Resilient multiculturalism? Diversifying Australian approaches to community resilience and cultural difference’ in Boulou Ebanda de B’beri and Fethi Mansouri (eds), Global Perspectives on Multiculturalism in the 21st Century, (London: Routledge), in press.

Grossman, M (2013) ‘What language is Nuba? Translocative identities in the Sudanese Nuba Australian diaspora’, in J Marlowe, A Harris and T Lyons (eds). South Sudanese Diaspora in Australia and New Zealand: Reconciling the Past with the Present. Newcastle-on-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013.

Refereed articles

Grossman, M (forthcoming 2014) ‘Disenchantments: Counter-terror narratives and conviviality’, Critical Studies on Terrorism.

Grossman, M (2010) ‘We are all learners now’, Griffith REVIEW Edition 29, August 2010, pp. 137-147 (shortlisted as a finalist for a 2010 Australian Human Rights Commission Award, long-listed for the Australian Book Review Calibre Prize for Outstanding Essay in 2010, broadcast on ABC Radio National’s ‘First Person’ series in November 2010 and on Radio Australia’s Indonesian-language ‘Multikultural Australia’ in June 2011).

Research reports

H Tahiri and M Grossman (2013) Community and Radicalisation: An examination of perceptions, ideas, beliefs and solutions throughout Australia, Counter-Terrorism Coordination Unit, Victoria Police, Melbourne.

M Grossman, Bruck, D, Stephenson, P, Dwyer, R, Roose, J (2013) Learning to Engage: A Review of Victoria Police Cross-Cultural Training Practices, Centre for Cultural Diversity & Wellbeing, Victoria University.

Postgraduate research students and fellows


9 PhD students (8 as Principal Supervisor, 1 as Co-Supervisor), 3 Masters by Research students (2 as Principal Supervisor, 1 as Co-Supervisor), 4 Honours students (all as Principal Supervisor).

Current supervision

Principal supervision of 4 PhD students, co-supervision of 1 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, co-supervision of one PhD student.

Research grants

M Grossman, D Bruck (CIs) and P Stephenson (AI) ‘Victoria Police Cross-Cultural Training Practice and Procedures: A Research-Based Review for the 21st Century’, Victoria Police, $15,000, 2013.

M Grossman and H Tahiri (Victoria Police), CIs, ‘Harnessing resilience capital in culturally diverse communities in the context of countering violent extremism’, Australia-New Zealand Counter-Terrorism Committee, Countering Violent Extremism Sub-Committee, Attorney-General’s Dept. (Australia), $195,000, 2012-2013.

M Grossman and C Fry, CIs, ‘Police Social Connectedness: Implications for Front-Line Policing of Youth in Culturally Diverse Communities’, pilot project, Victoria Police, $5,241, 2013.

K McDonald and M Grossman, ‘Evaluation of More than a Game – An Australian "Building Community Resilience" Program’, Western Bulldogs supported by a CVESC/Attorney-General’s Department program grant, $12,000, 2012.

H Tahiri (Victoria Police) and M Grossman, CIs, ‘Community and radicalisation: an examination of perceptions, ideas, beliefs and solutions throughout Australia’, National Counter-Terrorism Committee, Countering Violent Extremism Sub-Committee, Attorney-General’s Dept. (Australia), $233,922, 2010-11.

M Grossman and C Sonn, CIs, ‘New Moves: The impact of arts-based learning for young refugees’ sense of belonging, wellbeing and engagement with learning’, The Song Room/Macquarie Foundation, $118,000, 2010.

M Grossman and J Sharples, CIs, ‘Don’t go there: young people’s perspectives on community safety and policing’, Victoria Police, $99,060 (January 2008 –May 2010).

M Grossman (CI) and C Aguilera (AI), ‘Evaluation of Project 3019 – Improving relations between young people and the police in Braybrook, Melbourne’, DIAC, $5,000, 2009.

J Pyke and M Grossman, CIs, ‘Evaluation of the Victorian Refugee Brokerage Program’, Victorian Office of Multicultural Affairs, $75,000, 2008.

Professional memberships

  • National Countering Violent Extremism Research Panel (Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department
  • Reducing Race-based Discrimination Advisory Board, VicHealth
  • Cultural Studies Association of Australia
  • African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific

Appearances in the media

Grossman, M, Police say they're blind to race, but that's not how Melbourne youth see it, The Age (Melbourne), 18 August, 2010

Grossman, M, ‘Risk, roguery and revelation’ (review of Alexis Wright, Carpentaria), The Australian, 4 October 2006.


Areas of expertise

  • African-background refugee settlement experience in Australia
  • Countering violent extremism and community engagement
  • Indigenous Australian life-writing and textuality
  • Narrative and counter-narrative theory and practice
  • Policing and cultural diversity
  • South Sudanese culture and community

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