Dr Ian Thomas Fookes

B.A., B.A. Hons (1st Class), M.A. (1st Class Honours), Ph.D (Auckland), CELTA Certificate (Cambridge).


Born in Hamilton in 1978, Ian was raised in Australia and New Zealand. On completion of his undergraduate degree at the University of Aucklandin 1999, he spent 9  months in French Polynesia as a teaching assistant, before completing his CELTA certification in 2000. He then taught English and completed his Master's degree in Philosophy before travelling to France where he taught English in a primary school in a rural village. Having returned to NZ, he was accepted for the Japanese Exchange Teaching Programme (JET), subsequently teaching in junior high schools in Japan from 2004-2009. Following this experience, he returned to NZ and and began a PhD at the University of Auckland. His research took him to Paris from 2010 to 2012, where he attended seminars at Université de Paris 8, while teaching as a lecteur on English courses at the Sorbonne. Returning to Auckland, he completed his PhD thesis in 2017.

From 2012 to the present, he has tutored courses at the University of Auckland, while teaching English in top tier language schools. Since graduating in May 2017, he has been publishing my research on exoticism, nationalism, travel writing and global studies, preparing his thesis for publication as a monograph, while continuing to teach at the University of Auckland.     

Research | Current

Upcoming Publications 

Fookes, I. 2017. ‘Victor Segalen: Familiarity and Exoticism within an Exote’s Poetics.’ XXVIIth FILLM Conference Proceedings: The Familiar and the Exotic in Language and Literature: The Politics of Perception and Representation, India International Centre, New Dehli, March 15-17 (Forthcoming) 

Adams, T and Fookes, I. 2017. ‘Queens and Courtesans in Japan and Early-Modern France’ in ARC Humanities Press (Forthcoming)

Cartes Postales by Chantal Spitz: Disrupting the casual pursuit of myth in French Polynesia’ in Conference proceedings of Borders and Crossings Travel Writing Conference, Aberystwyth University, 10-12 July.   

Upcoming Conference Papers

‘L’Exotisme de Victor Segalen et l’œuvre romanesque de François Cheng: une relation d’influence.’ NZ Inter-University French Seminar, University of Canterbury, 7-8 December. 

‘Exoticism in Japanese-themed Fiction by New Zealand Authors: Carl Shuker’s The Method Actors and James McNaughton’s New Hokkaido.’ NZASIA Conference 2017, University of Otago, 27-29 November.






Teaching | Current

July 2012 – Present :University of Auckland  www.auckland.ac.nz

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Asian Studies, School of Cultures Languages & Linguistics

  • Asian Identities (Asian 200 / 302) Semester 1, 2013 (Dr. Hilary Chung)
  • New Zealand and Asia (Asian 140/ 140G) Semester 1, 2015 (Dr. Hilary Chung)
  • Images of Asia (Asian 100), Semester 1, 2017 (Dr. Ellen Nakamura)
  • Asian Identities (Asian 200 / 303) Semester 1, 2017 (Dr. Hilary Chung)
  • New Zealand and Asia (Asian 140) Semester 2, 2017 (Dr. Hilary Chung)


Graduate Teaching Assistant, Japanese, School of Cultures, languages & Linguistics

  • Japanese Language 1A (Japanese 130), Summer School, 2017 (Chako Amano)

Graduate Teaching Assistant, French, School of Cultures, languages & Linguistics

  • French Language Acquisition 3 (French 203) Semester 2, 2012              (Dr Tracy Adams)
  • French Language Acquisition 1 (French 101) Semester 1, 2013              (Dr. Tracy Adams)
  • French Language Acquisition 2 (French 102) Semester 2, 2013              (Dr Tracy Adams)
  • French Language Acquisition 1 (French 101) Semester 1, 2015              (Dr Kevin Mendousse)


Graduate Teaching Assistant, European Studies, School of Cultures, languages & Linguistics

  • Europe and the World (Euro 100), Semester 1, 2016 (Dr Mark Swift)


Graduate Teaching Assistant, Philosophy, School of Humanities

  • 20th Century German Philosophy (Phil 221/341) Semester 2, 2012 (Dr Matheson Russell)
  • Classical Chinese Philosophy (Phil 214) Semester 2, 2014 (Dr Jeremy Seligman)



University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship

(Fees + stipend NZD20,000 P/A 3 years

University of Auckland

Senior Prize in Philosophy

Maxwell Walker Memorial Scholarship in French

University of Auckland


Asian 140 course administration and delivery

Areas of expertise

Life and works of Victor Segalen, Exoticism, Postcolonial literature in French, Writing in French Polynesia, Cross-cultural encounter in travel writing, the construction of identity through the use of Japanese themes in NZ fiction. 

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Fookes, I. T. (2017). Victor Segalen: Exotisme, Altérité, Transcendance The University of Auckland. ResearchSpace@Auckland.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/31920


Contact details

Office hours

Wednesday 2-3pm

Arts 2 (207), Room 313

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