Postgraduate Information Session

Postgrad studyDo you want to advance your international career prospects? Increase your understanding of American politics, foreign policy, business, media and culture?

Then come to our Postgraduate Information Evening and learn how to launch your international career with the Master of US Studies.

A high-level understanding of the US and its role in the world is essential to pursuing any career on the international stage. Whether your background is in the humanities, business or law, the Master of US Studies will give you the opportunity to advance and contextualise your international career.

The Master of US Studies is more than just a degree. You will have unprecedented access to the academic and professional networks that the United States Studies Centre has leveraged in Australia and the US. This includes internship opportunities on Capitol Hill through our advanced degree program.

Find out more at our Postgraduate Information Evening with an expert panel discussion on police violence and protest in America. (see details below).

You will also have the opportunity to speak one-on-one with our academics, current and graduate students.

Police violence and protest in America: what it means for Australia

Tuesday 26 May 2015

"The problem of the Twentieth Century is the problem of the color-line" wrote political activist W.E.B. DuBois in 1903. In 2015 that same line seems inexpugnable. For all the celebrations of the Obama age and a new "post-racial” America, the fault lines of the nation continue to be most problematic and seismic when they can be drawn in black and white. For more than a year the news has been full of the deaths of young black men at the hands of white police officers: the unarmed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Eric Garner choked to death on a New York City street, 12 year old Tamir Rice shot in a Cleveland park while holding a replica pistol, Freddie Gray delivered to a Baltimore Police Station with a mostly-severed spinal cord, after being unbuckled and tossed about in the van. The series of high profile incidents has opened public discussions about the role that law enforcement plays in American society, especially in communities of colour. It has turned police unions against elected officials, such as New York Mayor Bill Blasio. It has increased the suspicion and fear that divides police forces from the communities they are organised to serve. What can be done to redress the problems? And what does it mean for Australia?

Join the Centre for a public panel on race, police violence and protest in the US and Australia.

Date: Tuesday 26 May 2015
Time: 6.30-8.30pm
Venue: United States Studies Centre, Institute Building



Thomas AdamsDr Thomas Adams
Lecturer in History and American Studies, US Studies Centre

Dr Thomas Jessen Adams is jointly appointed between the United States Studies Centre and the Department of History. He received his PhD in US History from the University of Chicago.

His research focuses on a variety of topics in US history including the history of political economy and labour, urban history, social movements, legal history, and race and gender. Recently his work has begun to examine the contemporary history, politics, and culture of New Orleans and the Gulf South.


David SmithDr David Smith
Lecturer in American Politics and Foreign Policy, US Studies Centre

Dr David Smith is jointly appointed between the United States Studies Centre and the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Sydney.

His research examines political relations between governments and religious communities in the US and other countries with a focus on Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses. Recently he has explored how the religious identity of Presidential candidates affects support for them, looking especially at Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.


Moderated by Aaron Nyerges
Lecturer in American Studies & Masters Coordinator, US Studies Centre Aaron Nyerges

Aaron Nyerges is a Lecturer in American Studies at the US Studies Centre. He completed a PhD in Modern American Literature at the University of Sydney in 2013. He has recent and forthcoming publications on theories of intellectual property in the transpacific, the Coppola family in the Philippines, and William Faulkner’s relationship to cinema. His first book is in progress under the title The Grammar of Ecstasy: Theories of Community in the Geography of American Modernism.


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