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Dr Jessica Walton



Senior Research Fellow


Faculty of Arts and Education


Alfred Deakin Institute


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Doctor of Philosophy, University of Newcastle, 2010



Dr Jessica Walton is an ARC DECRA Senior 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

identity, belonging, racism, 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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Whiteness and national identity: teacher discourses in Australian primary schools

J Walton, N Priest, E Kowal, F White, Y Paradies, B Fox

(2018), Vol. 21, pp. 132-147, Race ethnicity and education, Abingdon, Eng., C1


'I am Korean': contested belonging in a 'multicultural' Korea

J Walton

(2018), pp. 93-115, Interrogating belonging for young people in schools, Basintstoke, Eng., B1


The politics of conditional citizenship in South Korea: an analysis of the print media

D Hundt, Jessica Walton, Soo Lee

(2018), pp. 1-36, Journal of contemporary Asia, Abingdon, Eng., C1


Beyond 'getting along': understanding embodied whiteness in educational spaces

J Walton

(2018), pp. 59-71, The relationality of race in education research, Abingdon, Eng., B1


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

N Priest, J Walton, F White, E Kowal, B Fox, Y Paradies

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


Towards reflexive ethnicity: museums as sites of intercultural encounter

J Walton, Y Paradies, F Mansouri

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


Fostering intercultural understanding through secondary school experiences of cultural immersion

J Walton, Y Paradies, N Priest, E Wertheim, E 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

P Schorch, J Walton, N Priest, Y Paradies

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


Feeling it: Understanding Korean adoptees' experiences of embodied identity

J 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

J Walton, N Priest, E Kowal, F White, K Brickwood, B Fox, Y 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 systemic review

N Priest, J Walton, F White, E Kowal, A Baker, Y Paradies

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


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

J Walton, N Priest, Y Paradies

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


Identifying and developing effective approaches to foster intercultural understanding in schools

J Walton, N Priest, Y Paradies

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


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

J 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

J Walton

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


Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

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

Dr Jessica Walton

ARC DECRA - Discovery Early Career Researcher Award

  • 2018: $109,505
  • 2017: $139,645
  • 2016: $137,062

Other Public Sector Funding

Centre of Excellence on Resilient Communities and Inclusive Societies (CERCIS)

Prof Michele Grossman, Prof Fethi Mansouri, Prof Shahram Akbarzadeh, Prof Greg Barton, Dr Amanuel Elias, A/Prof Anna Halafoff, Dr Vivian Gerrand, Prof Anita Harris, Dr Amelia Johns, Prof Amanda Keddie, Prof Yin Paradies, Dr Matteo Vergani, Dr Jessica Walton, A/Prof Chad Whelan, Dr Ana-Maria Bliuc, Dr Philippa Collins, Dr Hass Dellal, Dr Nida Denson, Prof Kevin Dunn, Dr Liam Magee, Dr Liam McGarty, A/Prof Amanda Third, Dr Michael Ungar

  • 2018: $1,065,362

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

A/Prof David Hundt, Dr Jessica Walton

  • 2018: $28,292
  • 2017: $28,131
  • 2016: $31,929


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