Dr Jessa Rogers

Adjunct Research Fellow

ORCID: 0000-0003-2651-773X

Master of Education (Guidance & Counselling), USQ
Bachelor of Creative Industries (with Distinction), QUT
Bachelor of Education (First Class Honours), QUT

T +61 400 698 207

E jessa.rogers@pwc.com


Dr Jessa Rogers is a Wiradjuri academic, artist, board director and consultant. She sits on the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, the Steering Committee of Future Earth Australia, the AITSL Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Group, and the AHPRA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Strategy Group. Dr Rogers is a Churchill Fellow and was a Fulbright Scholar in 2017 based at Harvard University. She currently holds an Honorary Fellowship with the National Centre for Indigenous Studies (ANU), and works as a manager with PwC's Indigenous Consulting.

Dr Rogers was previously Project Director - Indigenous Education and Research Strategy in the Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic Innovation) at the University of New England. She was on the Federal Expert Group for the English Language Learning for Indigenous Children (ELLIC) program and completed her 3-year term on the National NAIDOC Committee in 2017. Her PhD at the ANU looked at the use of Indigenous research methods and methodologies with young Indigenous women to understand their experiences of education away from home.

Dr Rogers previously opened Australia’s first boarding school for Aboriginal young mothers and babies as the youngest Aboriginal principal in Australia. Jessa is a Wiradjuri woman with cultural connections to Cootamundra and surrounding areas of NSW, and whānau connections (through marriage) to Ngāti Kauwhata, Ngāti Raukawa in Aotearoa New Zealand. Her current research looks at Kanaka ‘Ōiwi youth experiences attending Indigenous boarding schools in Hawai‘i using Indigenous visual research methods.

Scholarly interests

Indigenous research methods and methodologies, Aboriginal pedagogies, Indigenous education, Indigenous women’s education, Aboriginal boarding school experiences, Maori boarding schools, Kanaka Maoli and Native American boarding schools


  • Rogers, J. (2019) Photostory Methodology: An Aboriginal-Kanaka Māoli Research Journey (Part Two), Aboriginal Australian Studies Journal, Vol 1.
  • Price, K. & Rogers, J. (eds.) (2019) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education: An Introduction for the Teaching Profession. 3rd Ed. Cambridge University Press.
  • Rogers, J. (2018) "Indigenous Empowerment and Diversity in Higher Education", in S. Marshall (Ed.) Strategic Leadership of Change (2nd ed). Routledge & Kegan Paul.
  • Rogers, J. (2018). Photostory and Relatedness Methodology: The Beginning of an Aboriginal-Kanaka Maoli Research Journey (Part One), Aboriginal Australian Studies Journal, Issue 2.
  • Rogers, J. (2017). “Photoyarn: Developing a New Arts-Based Method”, In Burnard, P., Ross, V., Minors, H., Powell, K., Dragovic, T & Mackinlay, E. (eds.) Building Intercultural and Interdisciplinary Bridges: Where Theory Meets Research and Practice. BIBACC Publishing
  • Rogers, J. (2017). “Resisting and Re-Educating: Teaching the Teacher in Tertiary Australian Indigenous Education”, in Whitinui, P., McIvor, O. & and Rodriguez de France, C. (eds.) Promising Practices in Indigenous Teacher Education. Springer.
  • Rogers, J. (2017). Photoyarn: Aboriginal and Maori Girls Researching Boarding Experiences. Australian Aboriginal Studies Journal. Vol 1.
  • Rogers, J. (2016). Boarding School Business: Exploring Aboriginal Girls’ Boarding Experiences Through Photoyarn. Journal of Australian Indigenous Issues. Vol. 19, No. 1-2.
  • Rogers, J. (2016). “Education.” in Price, K. (Ed.), Knowledge of Life. Cambridge University Press

Media Publications

  • Rogers, J. (2019). Indigenous people cannot feel defeated. The Guardian.
  • Rogers, J. (2019). Ken Wyatt’s historic appointment could be truly transformational for IndigenousAustralians. The Guardian.
  • Rogers, J. (2017). We need to know the true cost of Indigenous boarding scholarships on Indigenous communities. The Conversation.
  • Rogers, J. (2017). Seats at the table: our voices need to be heard. National Indigenous Television.
  • Rogers, J. (2015). Australia desperately needs more Indigenous teachers. Our students deserve it. The Guardian.

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