Dr Patrick Saulmatino Thomsen

BA Pol Sci Auckland, MA International Studies Seoul National University, Ph.D. The University of Washington - Seattle

Biography

Born and raised in South Auckland, Seuta'afili Dr Patrick Thomsen is of Samoan descent and received his doctorate from the University of Washington in Seattle. His dissertation work was the first to use Pacific research methodologies to explore the complexities of coming-out for Korean gay men in a transnational setting. His research interests include gender, sexuality, racism, intersectionality, identity politics, Pacific research methodologies, queer theory and development studies. He is currently developing two new research projects, the first looks at the way Pacific diaspora populations in South Korea encounter racialized hierarchies and how this affects the ways in which Pacific identities are practiced in Asia. The second focuses on the health and wellbeing of Pasifika Rainbow populations in New Zealand.

Research | Current

  • Pacific peoples in South Korea
  • The health and wellbeing of Pasifika rainbow communities in New Zealand
  • How Korean gay men navigate coming-out and gay subjectivity in an increasingly cosmoplitan queer world

Teaching | Current

  • PACIFIC 105: The Contemporary Pacific

Distinctions/Honours

  • 2019 Te Tomokanga Postdoctoral Fellow, The University of Auckland
  • 2018 Ph.D. Awarded with Distinction, The University of Washington
  • 2018 Sochon Fellow, Center for Korea Studies, The University of Washington 
  • 2017 Lisa Brown Fellow, Center for Human Rights, The University of Washington
  • 2016 Ewha Woman's University Alumni Association of Seattle Scholarship Recipient
  • 2015 Top Scholar Award, The University of Washington
  • 2012-13 Global Leadership Scholarship, Seoul National University

Areas of expertise

  • Gender Studies
  • Queer Theory
  • Pacific Studies
  • Pacific Research Methodologies
  • Qualitative Research Methodologies
  • Korean Studies
  • Intersectionality
  • Politics and International Relations
  • Race/Racism 
  • Samoan Language and Culture

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Thomsen, P. (2019). Israel Folau’s demise is also partially ours. https://e-tangata.co.nz/comment-and-analysis/israel-folaus-demise-is-also-partially-ours/. Related URL.
  • Thomsen, P., & Jun, M. (2018). Expanding Korea’s Development Paradigm? The Case for Closer Samoa-ROK Relations. 지역발전연구 = Journal of Regional Studies and Development, 27 (2), 173-214. 10.18350/ipaid.2018.27.173
  • Thomsen, P. (2016). ‘Hobgoblin’ logic on Pacific gay rights has distinctly Western roots. The Spinoff Related URL.

Contact details

Primary office location

FALE - OFFICE BUILDING - Bldg 273
Level 2, Room 201E
20 WYNYARD ST
AUCKLAND CENTRAL
AUCKLAND 1010
New Zealand