Kris is a descendant of the Arabunna people. As a Charlie Perkins Scholar, he completed a DPhil in Cyber Security (Law) at Jesus College, Oxford in 2019. His doctoral thesis examined the structure and operation of data access offences in the context of criminalisation theory and the evolving nature of the 'use' of computing technologies.
Kris holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from Flinders University where he received the Ken Wanganeen Medal in 2012. He also holds a Master of Laws (Media and Technology) from the University of New South Wales.
He has worked with Aurora's High School Program as a mentor and attended four Aurora Indigenous Scholars International Study Tours' as a Cultural Liaison Officer.
Kris is an Academic Supervisor at the Faculty of Law, University of Technology, Sydney.
The biggest, and most valuable, experience was living in a space where my Aboriginality wasn't politicised or capable of being weaponised. This was both liberating, but also unsettling and took some getting used to. One of the first vivid experiences that had an impact on me was filling out my GP registration form in college in my firs week: there wasn't an 'Aboriginal' box so I had to sit and list a number of the conditions prevalent in my family. It was an interesting experience having to translate meanings that are otherwise bundled and expressed back home in political/medical shorthand.