Kalissa Alexeyeff is an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow. Previously, she was a Senior Lecturer in Gender Studies with a background in Critical Theory and Anthropology. Kalissa specialises in the areas of gender and sexuality, globalisation and development. She has also published widely on a range of interdisciplinary topics including Pacific performing arts and material culture, contemporary transgender identities and masculinities in the Pacific, human-animal relations, tourism, and transnationalism. Her first book Dancing from the Heart: Movement, Gender and Cook Islands Globalization (2009) explores the significance of dance to Cook Islands femininity throughout colonial history and in its contemporary global manifestations. She is co-editor with Niko Besnier of Gender on the Edge: Transgender, Gay, and Other Pacific Islanders (2014) which explores alternative sexualities and gender identities in the Pacific region.
She is teaching in the Masters of Development Studies, Centre for Samoan Studies in Semester 2. Her subject is ‘Culture and Development’. She is also conducting research on economic development, gender and globalisation in Samoa.