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. Register here and 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

Register for this free event here


Thomas Adams

Dr 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.


Dr Madeleine Pill
Lecturer in Public Policy, The University of Sydney

Madeleine Pill’s research focuses on urban and neighbourhood governance and policy, taking a comparative perspective with a particular emphasis on the UK and US. She is interested in increased expectations of the ‘local’ and of communities and civil society organisations engaging in self-help strategies, heightened by economic pressures and the adoption of austerity measures, and the extent to which these efforts are facilitated or undermined by their governance context. She has conducted extensive research into neighbourhood governance, including a comparative investigation in Baltimore and Bristol; an assessment of approaches in London; development of the evidence base for policy approaches in Wales; and regarding the implications of England’s localism agenda. She is currently undertaking international comparative research into the effects of austerity on the collaborative governance of cities.


Dr Ethan Blue

Senior Lecturer in History, University of Western Australia

Dr Ethan Blue's research examines the American past across multiple scales, from the minute struggles of individuals’ lives to the global contexts geopolitical social and economic forces. His work has examined the history of crime and punishment in the United States (which boasts the highest per-capita incarceration rate on earth), but also the histories of medicine, photography, music, and the militarization of higher education. His work has appeared in numerous edited volumes and scholarly journals, including Pacific Historical Review; Journal of Social History; Radical History Review; Humanities Research; Law, Culture, and the Humanities; among others. His current research on the origins of American mass deportation is a companion to his earlier work on the origins of American mass incarceration.

Blue is also a member of the Deaths in Custody Watch Committee (WA).


Moderated by Scott StephensScott Stephens

Scott Stephens is Editor of the ABC’s Religion and Ethics website, and specialist commentator on religion and ethics for ABC radio and television. He presented two series of the critically acclaimed “Life’s Big Questions” program for Compass on ABC1, and has been guest presenter of Conversations with Richard Fidler on ABC local radio. Before coming to the ABC, Scott taught theology, ethics and Semitic studies for many years.

He has published widely on moral philosophy, theology and political theory, and is currently writing a book on whether public ethics can survive in a media age. He is editing a further two volumes: on theological ethics and social order, and on political Islam and the collapse of the Arab Spring.

He has spoken at dozens of international conferences on issues ranging from theology and aesthetics through to education and mental health. He has also co-edited and translated the selected works of the philosopher and cultural critic, Slavoj Zizek, which was named by The Guardian one of its 'Books of the Year' in 2007.


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