Tom Switzer

Senior Fellow

Expertise: The US-led campaign against terrorism, US elections and presidential politics, US-Russia relations, US-Australia relations.

Tom Switzer is a senior fellow at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney where he teaches undergraduate courses in US politics, US foreign policy, US-Australia relations and Australian diplomatic history. He is also host of Between the Lines on the ABC’s Radio National.

In 2009 he was a candidate in the Liberal party primary for the federal seat of Bradfield in northern Sydney. In 2008 he was senior adviser to former federal Opposition Leader Brendan Nelson.

He is former editor of Spectator Australia (2009-14), opinion page editor for The Australian (2001-08), an editorial writer at The Australian Financial Review (1998-2001) and an assistant editor at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, DC (1995-98).
He has contributed articles to the Wall Street Journal (US, Asia and Europe), New York Times (internatonal), Foreign Affairs, The American Interest, The National InterestNational Review, The American Conservative, Far Eastern Economic Review, The Spectator (UK), The Australian, The Age, Sydney Morning Herald and Australian Financial Review. He is also a regular guest on Sky News, ABC News 24 and Radio Australia Asia Pacific and has appeared on ABC's 7:30, LatelineQ&A, The World Today, PM, Late Night Live as well as CNBC Asia/Europe, Bloomberg Television, Al Jazeera (English) and the BBC.
He has a Masters in International Relations in 1994 and a Bachelor of Arts in History (First Class Honours) in 1993, both at the University of Sydney.