Postgraduate Information Session
Do 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 the Syrian crisis (see details below).
You will also have the opportunity to speak one-on-one with our academics, current and graduate students.
Panel discussion: What next for the US in Syria?
The Syrian Civil War is now two and a half years old. Over 100,000 Syrians have been killed, 2 million have become refugees and the violence looks increasingly likely to draw in the country's neighbours. Nevertheless, until recently, the United States has resisted becoming directly involved in the conflict. Why hasn't the Obama Administration played a more active role in Syria? Is it likely to become increasingly involved? Join our expert panel of US Studies Centre academics and special guest Professor Amin Saikal, Director of the Centre of Arab and Islamic Studies at the Australian National University to discuss these pressing strategic, political and humanitarian questions.
When: Tuesday 15 October 2013, 6-8pm
Where: United States Studies Centre, Institute Building (H03), City Road, The University of Sydney
Registrations are now closed as this event has reached capacity. Walk-ins may be accepted on the night if room permits. A video recording of the event will be made available on the website.
If you would like to find out more about postgraduate study please contact:
Student Affairs and Recruitment Officer
T: (02) 9036 5086
- Professor Amin Saikal, Director of the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies at the Australian National University
- Associate Professor Brendon O'Connor, Associate Professor in American Politics & Director of Teaching and Learning, US Studies Centre
- Dr Adam Lockyer, Lecturer in US Politics and Foreign Policy, US Studies Centre
- Tom Switzer, Research Associate and Editor of American Review, US Studies Centre
Professor Amin Saikal
Director of the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies at the Australian National University
Amin Saikal is Professor of Political Science and the Director of the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies at the Australian National University. He has been a Visiting Fellow at Princeton University, Cambridge University and the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, as well as a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow in International Relations. Saikal was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2006 for services to the international community and to education.
Saikal is a specialist in the politics, history, political economy and international relations of the Middle East and Central Asia. His works have been published in international journals and newspapers. He is also a frequent commentator on radio and television.
Associate Professor Brendon O'Connor
Associate Professor in American Politics & Director of Teaching and Learning
Brendon joined the US Studies Centre at the University of Sydney in 2008 as Associate Professor in American Politics. He is the Director of Teaching and Learning at the Centre and the coordinator of the American Studies program at the University of Sydney.
Brendon was a Fulbright Fellow at Georgetown University in 2006, the Australian Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington DC in 2008 and a Visiting Fellow at the University of Cambridge in 2012. He is the editor of seven books on anti-Americanism and has also published articles and books on American welfare policy, presidential politics, US foreign policy, and Australian-American relations. He has taught courses on American domestic politics and foreign affairs, and supervised theses on a variety of topics such as anti-Americanism, neoconservatism, the Iraq War and presidential politics. He is a regular commentator in the Australian media on American politics and foreign policy.
Dr Adam Lockyer
Lecturer in US Politics and Foreign Policy
Dr Adam Lockyer is a lecturer in US politics and foreign policy and Postgraduate Coursework Coordinator at the US Studies Centre at the University of Sydney.
In 2009, he was awarded his PhD from the University of Sydney. He has been a visiting fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, in Washington, DC and was the Lowy Institute's 2008 Thawley Scholarship winner. His article entitled "Evaluating Civil Development in Counterinsurgency Operations" won the prestigious Boyer Prize for best original article published in the Australian Journal of International Affairs in 2012. Dr Lockyer also spent four years serving in the Australian Army.
He has published widely on issues relating to US defence and foreign policy, post-conflict reconstruction, governance and insurgency.
Research Associate and Editor of American Review
Tom Switzer is a research associate at the US 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 editor of Spectator Australia and American Review, the Centre's quarterly journal of opinion.
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.
Before that, he was 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 (online), International Herald Tribune, the American Interest, National Review, Far Eastern Economic Review, The Australian, The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, Australian Financial Review, Herald Sun, Courier Mail, Quarterly Essay, Fox News online, The Drum and Quadrant magazine. He is also a regular guest on Sky News, ABC News 24 and Radio Australia Asia Pacific and has appeared on ABC1's 7:30, Lateline, Q&A, CNBC Asia/Europe, and Bloomberg Television.
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.
Moderator: John Barron
ABC journalist and co-host of Planet America
John Barron has more than twenty years experience as a journalist and broadcaster, he is the author of a book about US Presidential politics and has written for publications including The Washington Post.
John is the Presenter of ABC FactCheck – the new fact checking unit creating content for ABC TV, ABC Radio and ABC Online, he has hosted news and current affairs programs including; Planet America, The Drum, The Future Forum, and The Party of Reagan on ABC TV.
John has been a Research Associate at the US Studies Centre at the University of Sydney since 2009 and teaches the postgraduate unit USSC6920 US Media and Politics.
2012 Postgraduate Information Session
At the Postgraduate Information Session in October 2012, guests had the opportunity to speak one-on-one with academics, current students and course graduates about their study options, including individual units, which can be taken in many degrees at the University of Sydney.
US Election: America at a crossroad
Following the postgraduate information session a panel of experts discussed not only who will win the 2012 presidential election but its implications on US domestic and foreign policy. The election comes at a time when the two major parties are especially divided. But, regardless of the outcome, Americans and their leaders are going to have to make difficult choices on how to confront a still struggling economy, growing national debt, and the country’s uncertain role on the international stage. The panel discussed these challenges and how the US can and should proceed in the years ahead.
- Nick Bryant, BBC Correspondent
- Mike Seccombe, Business and Economics Correspondent, The Global Mail
- Rebecca Sheehan, Lecturer in United States History
- Fourth speaker TBC
- Moderator: John Barron, ABC journalist and co-host of Planet America
Nick served as a BBC correspondent in Washington and South Asia before arriving in Sydney in 2006.
In Washington, he covered the presidencies of Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, while in South Asia he reported from the sharp end of the Bush administration's war on terror in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
He has filed from many of the world's most famous datelines, including the White House, the Kremlin, the DMZ on the Korean Peninsula, Downing Street, Ground Zero and Guantanamo Bay.
He has also reported from many trouble spots, including Kashmir, the Afghanistan-Pakistan border region, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Gaza, Iran and Rwanda.
A history graduate from Cambridge with a PhD in American politics from Oxford, he is the author of the books, The Bystander: John F. Kennedy and the Struggle for Black Equality and Adventures in Correspondentland.
Mike, widely known as ‘Secco’ is known by many for his coverage of national affairs and politics for The Sydney Morning Herald. He authored the once-infamous Kookaburra column, so named after then-PM Paul Keating referred to Secco as “that [expletive] Kookaburra.”
Secco has covered the term of three Prime Ministers and also served as the SMH’s Canberra Chief of Staff. From 2006-2011, he lived on Martha’s Vineyard Massachusetts writing for the venerable Vineyard Gazette. Secco is covering business and economics for The Global Mail, based in Sydney.
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.
Rebecca Sheehan received her PhD in United States history from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. She received her MA in history from USC, and a BA from the University of New South Wales with first-class honours in history and a major in literature and linguistics. Rebecca spent a year as a Fulbright Scholar at UCLA, served on the Executive Council of the American Studies Association, and was a Graduate Fellow of the Center for Law, Humanities, and Culture at USC.
Rebecca has published on rock music in the 1970s and on boxing in Australia and the Philippines. She is currently working on a book manuscript. "American Redemption: Sex, Rock, and Religion, 1968-1983" argues that in the long 1970s a new sexual order was forged through the interactions of sexual liberation, popular music, evangelical religion, and market forces. Even as women enjoyed greater freedoms and homosexuality became more visible, permissive sexuality was mitigated by traditional Christian morality. It was in the 1970s that the battle lines were drawn for the culture wars fought ever since over issues including abortion, gay rights, and the ongoing sexual double standard.
John Barron has been covering Presidential campaigns as a journalist for almost 20 years.
He hosts a weekly program for ABC NewsRadio called “Inside America”, he is the author of the book “Vote for Me” about the 2008 Presidential campaign and a documentary film examining the history of the nominating contest “First Stop, Iowa”.
In 2012 John has been co-hosting ABCTV’s weekly “Planet America” program and producing a documentary on the GOP primary campaign called “The Party of Reagan”.
He also taught a course on US campaign politics and the media for the US Studies Centre this year.
2011 Postgraduate Information Session
Hear Bob Carr speak on the US presidency past and present:
With a capacity crowd and thoughtful words on peace and presidencies from Bob Carr, the Centre’s first Postgraduate Information Evening was a great success.
The night at Sydney’s MLC Centre was intended to provide information and enable prospective students to speak to academic, administrative staff, and former students, about the US Studies Centre’s postgraduate course offerings.
"Terrific night,” commented one prospective student. “I’ll be putting my application in soon.”
Former NSW premier and Centre board director, Bob Carr, spoke to the gathering about the US presidency – including his recent reassessment of John Kennedy having listened to his 1963 ‘peace speech’ urging an end to the Cold War.
On more current matters, he said hindsight suggested Obama made significant errors in his early handling of the global financial crisis. “It seems clear now as the US economy takes another dip that something was lacking in his response [to the GFC].”
If you want to kick-start your global career and learn more about US politics, foreign policy, business, media and culture, the Master of US Studies is the smart move. Find out more.
VIDEOS & INTERVIEWS
Senior lecturer Harry Melkonian offers his memory of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and says the tragic reality of JFK's death at the hands of Lee Harvey Oswald should not undermine his important legacy.
Convener of the Public Knowledge Forum and national correspondent at The Atlantic James Fallows discusses tensions between the media business model and its public service function. Is the media failing to inform us?