Mr Lincoln Dam

BA(Hons) with First Class Honours (Auckland), MRSNZ

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Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy


Lincoln is a New Zealand-born Chinese-Thai. He is currently a Professional Teaching Fellow in Te Puna Wānanga (the School of Māori and Indigenous Education) at the Faculty of Education and Social Work, and a Research Associate at the Public Policy Institute. Lincoln’s current research explores the ethics and politics of Migrant-Indigenous relations in Aotearoa-New Zealand. More specifically, he is interested in the relationships between Asian New Zealanders, and tangata whenua and Te Tiriti o Waitangi; and possibilities for the simultaneous pursuit and co-existence of biculturalism and multiculturalism in Aotearoa-New Zealand. Lincoln's academic CV can be found here.

Teaching | Current

Semester 1, 2021:

  • EDPROFM 600 Te Ao Māori He Tirohanga Whakamua Kia Haere Whakamuri (Epsom)
  • EDUC 114 Introduction to Māori Education (City)
  • EDUC 716 Education and Diversity (Epsom/Tai Tokerau)
  • EDUCSW 201 Diversity in Aotearoa/New Zealand (Epsom)

Semester 2, 2021:

  • EDPROFST 377 Bilingual Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy (Epsom)
  • EDUC 211 Schooling Ethnic Diversity (City)
  • EDUC 360 Treaty Politics in Education (City)

Not offered in 2021:

  • EDUC 712 Race, Ethnicity and Education (Epsom)

Postgraduate supervision

Lincoln is available to supervise Honours projects that exlore:

  • The ethics and politics of Migrant-Indigenous relations
  • Te Tiriti o Waitangi and Migrant communities
  • Biculturalism and multiculturalism in Aotearoa-New Zealand
  • Asian philosophies and mātauranga Māori
  • Asian New Zealanders


  • University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship (2015-)
  • Postgraduate Study Award, Te Puna Wānanga, Faculty of Education and Social Work (2014)
  • Trusts Charitable Foundation (Inc.) Scholarship (2009)




Areas of expertise

  • Biculturalism and multiculturalism in Aotearoa-New Zealand
  • Te Tiriti o Waitangi/Treaty of Waitangi (and Asian communities)
  • Ethnicity and national identity, especially Asian New Zealanders
  • Asian philosophies
  • Ethics-politics of Emmanuel Levinas and Jacques Derrida
  • Theories of democracy, particularly agonistic pluralism
  • Multicultural education
  • Educational leadership

Committees/Professional groups/Services


  • Participant, Third Culture Leadership and Cultural Connection Programme (2020-2021)
  • Reviewer, New Zealand Journal of Educational Research (2020)
  • Member, Royal Society of New Zealand (MRSNZ) (2017-)
  • Reviewer, Ethnicities (2016-)
  • Member, New Zealand Asian Leaders (2015-)
    Invited to join the New Zealand Asian Leaders (NZAL), a professional organisation for Asian New Zealanders who are leaders and high achievers. The NZAL seeks to promote, educate and build a critical mass of top Asian leaders and emerging leaders in New Zealand who will have an active role in the future of New Zealand and promote cultural understanding in New Zealand’s diverse communities.
  • Member, Asia New Zealand Foundation Leadership Network (2015-)
    Selected to join the Asia New Zealand Foundation Leadership Network, a global professional network at the forefront of developing and maintaining strong links between Asia and New Zealand. The network is an established group of talented young professionals aged between 20 and 40 who are dedicated to the future of New Zealand-Asia relations.


  • "Racism, Discrimination and Stigma - Intersectionality Discovery" Workshops (2018-2019)
    Invited to participate in workshops on the Government’s Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy focus area “Children are free from racism, discrimination and stigma”. These workshops are co-led by the Ministries of Education and Justice.
  • "Focus on Diversity" Workshop, Auckland Council (23 February 2017)
  • Foundation Member, Chairman and Honorary Chairman, New Zealand China Trade Association Young Associates (2014-2018)
    The New Zealand China Trade Associate (NZCTA) Young Associates was established in 2013 to create opportunities for young New Zealanders to strengthen trade relations between New Zealand and China.
  • Member, Advisory Board, New Zealand China Council (2014-2016)
    Invited to join the New Zealand China Council as an Advisory Board member. The New Zealand China Council forms part of the New Zealand Inc China Strategy and was launched by Prime Minister John Key in February 2012. The Council supports a key goal of the Strategy: to retain and build a strong and resilient relationship with China.
  • Young Leader, Office of Ethnic Communities (2012-2013)
    One of ten selected to participate in the Office of Ethnic Affairs' (now Office of Ethnic Communities') young leaders programme which aims to build leadership potential and improve knowledge about how to succeed in government.

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

As of 29 October 2020 there will be no automatic updating of 'selected publications and creative works' from Research Outputs. Please continue to keep your Research Outputs profile up to date.
  • Dam, I. L. (2018). Love and politics: Rethinking biculturalism and multiculturalism in Aotearoa/New Zealand. In Z. L. Rocha, M. Webber (Eds.) Mana Tangatarua: Mixed heritages, ethnic identity and biculturalism in Aotearoa/New Zealand (pp. 135-150). Abingdon, United Kingdon: Routledge. 10.4324/9781315309811-8


Contact details

Primary office location

Level G, Room G16
New Zealand

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