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Dr Jessica Walton



DECRA Research Fellow


Faculty of Arts and Education


Alfred Deakin Institute


Melbourne Burwood Campus



Dr Jessica Walton is an ARC DECRA Research Fellow with a disciplinary background in socio-cultural anthropology and is currently based at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation at Deakin University. Her doctoral research examined intercountry adoption as a transnational process by focusing on Korean adoptees’ embodied experiences of identity and belonging. She has also conducted research on everyday conceptualisations and experiences of racism and intercultural approaches in education. Her current research is an ethnographic study of how children in South Korea and Australia navigate inter-ethnic relations and experiences of ‘multiculturalism’ through an international school partnership.

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Research interests

racism, anti-racism, identity, belonging, transnational migration, intercultural relations, embodiment, lived experience, South Korea


American Anthropological Association
Australian Anthropological Society

Teaching interests

identity, racism, intercultural relations, qualitative research methods


Selected presentations:

Walton, J. Understanding South Korean ‘multiculturalism’ through elementary student’s everyday experiences of ethnic and cultural diversity. American Anthropological Association, Denver, USA, November 2015.

Walton, J. South Korean multiculturalism? Understanding children’s everyday experiences in South Korean schools. World Congress for Korean Politics & Society, Gyeongju, South Korea, August 2015.

Walton J, Priest, N, Paradies Y. ‘Talking culture? Egalitarianism, colour-blindness and racism in Australian primary schools’, Reconfiguring Anti-Racism: Tolerance, Harmony, Inclusion or Justice?, Deakin University, Melbourne, December 2013.

Walton, J, Priest, N, Paradies, Y, Kowal, E, White, F. ‘Who is Australian? Children’s conceptualisations of cultural identity and everyday experiences of racism’. The Australian Sociological Association, November 2013

Walton J, Priest N, Kowal E, White F, Fox B, Paradies Y. “‘You are not born being racist, are you?’: Discussing racism and cultural diversity with primary-aged Australian children”, Racism and Anti-racism through Education and Community Practice: An International Exchange, University of Edinburgh, June 2013.

Walton J, Paradies Y, Priest N, Waters E, Wertheim E, Freeman, E, Trinder M. “Promoting intercultural understanding in Australian schools through local and global community engagement”, American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting. San Francisco, CA, November 2012.

Walton, J, Paradies Y, Priest N, Waters E, Wertheim E, Freeman, E, Trinder M. “Strengthening and critically reflecting on cultural identity to promote intercultural understanding in Australian schools”, Australian Anthropological Society Annual Meeting, Brisbane, September 2012.

Walton J, Priest, N, Paradies Y. “Conceptualisations of Everyday Racism”. Racisms in the New World Order: Realities of Culture, Colour and Identity, James Cook University, Cairns, August 2012.

Walton J. “Re-visiting the ‘unknown’: What it means to be adopted from the perspectives of Korean adoptees”, Interdisplinary Perspectives on Intercountry Adoption in Australia: History, Policy, Practices and Experience, Monash University Adoption Symposium, September 2010.

Walton, J. Transitional spaces and ambivalent identities: Korean adoptees (re)inventing themselves. Joint International Anthropology Conference (ASA/ASAANZ/AAS), Auckland, New Zealand, December 2008.

Walton, J. Engaging experience: Toward understanding Korean adoptee identities. American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, November 2008.

Walton, J. “An anthropological analysis of the ways Korean adoptees negotiate shifting identities in the South Korean context”. Moving Cultures, Shifting Identities: A conference about migration, connection, heritage and cultural memory, Adelaide, December 2007.


Faculty of Education and Arts Postgraduate Research Publication Prize, University of Newcastle (2009)

Australian Network of Student Anthropologists (ANSA) Postgraduate Travel Grant (2008)

Phi Beta Kappa Society for academic excellence (2004)


2016-2019 Navigating difference: Children’s everyday intercultural encounters in Australia and South Korea. (Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award) - Sole CI.

2015 Examining everyday experiences of inter-ethnic relations in South Korea (Deakin University Central Research Grant) - Sole CI.

2012-2015 Using museums to counter racism and increase acceptance of diversity among young people. (Australian Research Council Linkage) - RF.


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‘You are not born being racist, are you?’ Discussing racism with primary aged-children

Dr Naomi Priest, Dr Jessica Walton, Fiona A. White, Prof Emma Kowal, Ms Brandi Nichole Fox, Prof Yin Paradies

(2016), Vol. 19, pp. 808-834, Race, ethnicity & education, Abingdon, Eng., C1


Towards reflexive ethnicity: museums as sites of intercultural encounter

Dr Jessica Walton, Prof Yin Paradies, Prof Fethi Mansouri

(2016), Vol. 42, pp. 871-889, British educational research journal, London, Eng., C1


Fostering intercultural understanding through secondary school experiences of cultural immersion

Dr Jessica Walton, Prof Yin Paradies, Dr Naomi Priest, Eleanor H. Wertheim, Elizabeth Freeman

(2015), Vol. 28, pp. 216-237, International journal of qualitative studies in education, Abingdon, Eng., C1


Encountering the ‘other’: interpreting student experiences of a multi-sensory museum exhibition

Dr Philipp Schorch, Dr Jessica Walton, Dr Naomi Priest, Prof Yin Paradies

(2015), Vol. 36, pp. 221-240, Journal of intercultural studies, Oxford, Eng., C1


Feeling it: understanding Korean adoptees' experiences of embodied identity

Dr Jessica Walton

(2015), Vol. 36, pp. 395-412, Journal of intercultural studies, London, Eng., C1


Talking culture? Egalitarianism, color-blindness and racism in Australian elementary schools

Dr Jessica Walton, Dr Naomi Priest, Prof Emma Kowal, Fiona A. White, Katie Brickwood, Ms Brandi Nichole Fox, Prof Yin Paradies

(2014), Vol. 39, pp. 112-122, Teaching and teacher education, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1


Understanding the complexities of ethnic-racial socialization processes for both minority and majority groups : a 30-year systematic review

Dr Naomi Priest, Dr Jessica Walton, Fiona A. White, Prof Emma Kowal, Alison Baker, Prof Yin Paradies

(2014), Vol. 43, pp. 139-155, International journal of intercultural relations, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1


Identifying and developing effective approaches to foster intercultural understanding in schools

Dr Jessica Walton, Dr Naomi Priest, Prof Yin Paradies

(2013), Vol. 24, pp. 181-194, Intercultural education, Abingdon, Eng., C1


'It depends how you're saying it': the conceptual complexities of everyday racism

Dr Jessica Walton, Dr Naomi Priest, Prof Yin Paradies

(2013), Vol. 7, pp. 74-90, International journal of conflict and violence, Bielefeld, Germany, C1


Supporting the interests of intercountry adoptees beyond childhood: access to adoption information and identity

Dr Jessica Walton

(2012), Vol. 11, pp. 443-454, Social policy & society, Cambridge, England, C1-1


More than a Korean adoptee: making sense of identity and adoption in South Korea and adoptive countries

Dr Jessica Walton

(2009), pp. 1-15, Other people's children: adoption in Australia, Melbourne, Vic., B1-1



Australian Competitive Grants

Navigating difference: Children's experiences in Australia and South Korea

Dr Jessica Walton, Prof Yin Paradies

ARC DECRA - Discovery Early Career Researcher Award

  • 2017: $61,444
  • 2016: $137,062

Industry and Other Funding

A Study of Koreans in Australia and New Zealand: The Rise of a New Generation and the (Post-)Communal Lives of Today and Tomorrow

Dr David Hundt, Dr Jessica Walton

  • 2016: $31,929


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