Postdoctoral Fellows

The postdoctoral fellowship program brought to Sydney a cohort of the world's emerging scholarly leaders working on the United States in the humanities, social sciences and related professional disciplines.

Fellows completed a major research project as well as engaged with students and scholars in Sydney and around Australia during the fellowship period.

Class of 2012

  • Nicole Hemmer Postdoctoral Fellows 2011
    Messengers of the Right: Media and the Modern Conservative Movement
  • Carrie Hyde
    Alienable Rights: Negative Figures of U.S. Citizenship, 1787-1868
  • Jean J. Kim
    Transnationalizing U.S. History: Medical and Scientific Trans-Pacific Circuits in the Making of U.S. Empire
  • Marc Palen
    The Conspiracy of Free Trade: Anglo-American Relations and the Ideological Origins of American Globalization, 1846-1896
  • Rob Rakove
    The history of U.S. relations with Afghanistan prior to the Soviet invasion 
  • Shawn Treier
    Ideas, Interests, and the Politics of the US Constitutional Convention

Class of 2011


Class of 2010

  • Postdoctoral Fellows 2009

    Jason Casellas
    No Latino Left Behind: The Development of Latino Education Policy, 1968
  • Mark W. Geiger
    Financial Innovation and the Chicago Board of Trade
  • Willie Gin
    Transforming Exclusivist Identities in the USA, Australia and Canada
  • Sabino Kornrich
    Consumerism and Inequality in the 1980s and 90s: the Role of Emulation, Bidding and Lifestyle
  • Jeremy Pressman
    The United States & Arab-Israeli Relations: Force, Diplomacy & Interests
  • Rebecca Sheehan
    American Redemption: Sex, Rock, and Religion, 1968-1983



Class of 2012


Dr Nicole Hemmer

Visiting Scholar at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney & Visiting Assistant Professor at University of Miami

Nicole Hemmer received her PhD in History from Columbia University in 2010. From 2008-2009, she was a fellow at the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia, and from 2009-2011 sh… more

Assistant Professor Carrie Hyde

Postdoctoral Fellow

Carrie Hyde is an Assistant Professor of English at UCLA. She received her PhD from Rutgers University in 2011. Her research on early U.S. literature, politics, and citizenship has been supported by n… more

Assistant Professor Jean J. Kim

Postdoctoral Fellow

Jean Kim received her PhD in History from Cornell University and is an Assistant Professor at Dartmouth College. She has been a fellow at the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity at … more

Dr Marc Palen

Lecturer at Tufts University, Massachusetts

Marc-William Palen was a postdoctoral fellow at the US Studies Centre in 2011 and a research associate from 2012 to 2015.… more

Dr Rob Rakove

Postdoctoral Fellow

Robert Rakove has worked as a Visiting Assistant Professor of history at Colgate University and a Visiting Lecturer at Old Dominion University. He is in the process of completing his first book, Kenne… more

Dr Shawn Treier

Lecturer at the Australian National University

Shawn Treier is a Lecturer at the School of Politics and International Relations (CASS RSS) at the Australian National University and received his Ph.D. from Stanford University. His research interest… more


Class of 2011


Assistant Professor Georgiana Banita

Postdoctoral Fellow

Georgiana Banita is Assistant Professor of Literature and Media Studies at the University of Bamberg, Germany. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Konstanz.… more

Dr Robert Blakeslee Gilpin

Postdoctoral Fellow

R. Blakeslee Gilpin received his PhD from Yale University in May, 2009 and spent the next year as a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for the Study of the American South at the University of North Car… more

Associate Professor Peter Hatemi

Research Associate

Pete Hatemi is a research fellow at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney and Associate Professor of Political Science, Microbiology and Biochemistry at The Pennsylvania State U… more

Dr Maria Ponomarenko

Postdoctoral Fellow

Maria Ponomarenko completed her PhD in History at Stanford University, where she was a graduate fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center. She received her AB and AM in History and Economics from the… more

Assistant Professor Allison Pugh

Postdoctoral Fellow

Allison Pugh is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Virginia, which she joined in January 2007 after completing her Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research inte… more

Dr Felicity Turner

Postdoctoral Fellow

Felicity Turner graduated from Duke University with her PhD in May 2010. Her research, which analyzes the handling of infanticide cases within local communities to consider larger questions about gen… more


Class of 2010


Dr Jason Casellas

Postdoctoral Fellow

Jason Casellas is Assistant Professor of Government and Associate Director of the Public Policy Institute at the University of Texas at Austin. He received his B.A. in political science from Loyola Un… more

Dr Mark Geiger

Postdoctoral Fellow

Mark W. Geiger received his B.A. from Carleton College and his M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania. Before starting graduate study in history at the University … more

Dr Willie Gin

Postdoctoral Fellow

Willie Gin received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was also a fellow in the Democracy, Citizenship, and Constitutionalism Program. He is primarily interes… more

Sabino Kornrich

Postdoctoral Fellow

Sabino Kornrich received his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Washington. His dissertation research examined household outsourcing - spending on services which replace household labour - and … more

Dr Jeremy Pressman

Postdoctoral Fellow

Jeremy Pressman is an Associate Professor of political science at the University of Connecticut (United States). He is author of Warring Friends: Alliance Restraint in International Politics (Cornell … more

Dr Rebecca Sheehan

Lecturer in US History

Phone: +61 2 9036 9208

Rebecca joined the United States Studies Centre as Lecturer in US History in September 2010. Prior to that she was one of the US Studies Centre’s first postdoctoral fellows cohort.… more


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