Tracey currently has a dual appointment to the Sociology Department at The University of Auckland and as Joint Director of the Centre of Research Excellence Nga Pae o te Maramatanga.
Her current research is in Religion, death and dying, crime and extreme marginalisation.
Tracey has a number of distinct research strands, one looks at extreme death experience (genocide, war, torture) particularly in the way it relates to what she calls systematic suffering. Her work in this area has focused on the Holocaust and on the Rwandan genocide.
Alongside this (and often aligned with this work) Tracey has looked at processes of marginalisation and exteriorisation. Within this work she has looked at marginal experience both nationally and globally.
As a woman of Māori descent Tracey has a commitment to addressing issues that concern Māori. Her research and publications reflect this as well as the academic and pastoral role to Māori and Pacific Island students that she plays within the department. Tracey believes that it is vital that sociology in Aotearoa New Zealand reflects, supports and articulates the needs and aspirations of Māori.