Academics & Experts


The academics and experts who teach, research and offer commentary for the United States Studies Centre include some of the world's leading scholars on the United States, spanning fields including US politics, national security, contemporary media and culture, welfare policy, anti-Americanism, health care, business innovation, history and urban planning.

 

Professors


Associate Professors


Senior Lecturers

  • David Smith
    Senior Lecturer in American Politics and Foreign Policy & USSC Academic Director


Lecturers


Research Associates


Research Affiliates

  • Jeffrey L. Bleich
    Visiting Professor & former US Ambassador to Australia
  • James Curran
    Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Sydney
  • Nicole Hemmer
    Visiting Research Associate at the Miller Center, University of Virginia
  • Adam Lockyer
    Senior Lecturer in Security Studies at Macquarie University
  • Shawn Treier
    Lecturer at the Australian National University
  • Shane White
    Challis Professor of History at the University of Sydney


Casual Lecturers


Professors

 

Professor Edward Blakely

Chair, Future Cities Collaborative

edward.blakely@sydney.edu.au


Expertise: US and international urban policy, US domestic policy with emphasis on race, class and socioeconomic issues, global urban agendas on sustainability, global warming, development economics wi… more


Professor Robert Hill, AC

Professorial Fellow and Senior Advisor


Robert Hill was a member of the Australian Senate from 1981 to 2006, representing South Australia. He was educated at the University of Adelaide and the London School of Economics, where he gained a m… more


Professor Simon Jackman

Chief Executive Officer

simon.jackman@sydney.edu.au

Phone: +61 2 9351 7249


Expertise: US and Australian elections, public opinion, election campaigns and political participation.… more


Linda Jakobson

Visiting Professor


Expertise: regional competition between United States and China, impact of US-China dynamics on Australia-China relations, maritime security and the US-China dimension, Northeast Asian security dynami… more


Associate Professors

 

Adjunct Associate Professor James Brown

Adjunct Associate Professor & Research Director

brown.james@sydney.edu.au


Expertise: Australian defence and strategic policy, US defence and strategic policy, Australia-US political relations, all research produced by Alliance 21… more


Associate Professor Brendon O'Connor

Associate Professor in American Politics

brendon.oconnor@sydney.edu.au

Phone: +61 9036 9206


Expertise: US presidential and congressional elections, US domestic politics and foreign policy, US political history, American-Australian relations, cultural politics in the US.… more


Adjunct Associate Professor Elsina Wainwright

Non-Resident Fellow, Alliance 21 Program

elsina.wainwright@sydney.edu.au


Dr Elsina Wainwright is an adjunct associate professor at the United States Studies Centre and a non-resident fellow in its Alliance 21 Program. Based in New York, she is also a visiting senior fellow… more


Senior Lecturers

 

Dr David Smith

Senior Lecturer in American Politics and Foreign Policy & USSC Academic Director

david.smith@sydney.edu.au


Expertise: Religion in the United States, US elections and presidential politics, US domestic politics and foreign policy, US political history.Dr David Smith is jointly appointed between the United S… more


Lecturers

 

Dr Thomas Adams

Lecturer in American Studies and History

thomas.adams@sydney.edu.au

Phone: +61 2 9036 7948


Expertise: Race, gender, and economic inequality in the US; US domestic and electoral politics; social movements; labour and economics; constitutional law and the Supreme Court; American cities; … more


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Dr Sarah Graham

Lecturer in US Foreign Policy

se.graham@sydney.edu.au

Phone: +61 2 8627 4136


Expertise: US relations with India, Pakistan and the South Asia region, US foreign policy and defense issues in Asia, Australasia and the Middle East, US political debates around foreign policy and de… more


Dr Gorana Grgic

Lecturer in US Politics and Foreign Policy

gorana.grgic@sydney.edu.au

Phone: +61 2 8627 0128


Expertise: US domestic politics and foreign policy, US-Russia relations, foreign intervention in conflicts, transatlantic relations, ethnic conflicts and conflict resolution.… more


Dr Jennifer Hunt

Lecturer

jennifer.hunt@sydney.edu.au


Expertise: US domestic and foreign politics, US-Middle East relations, international security, energy… more


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Dr Aaron Nyerges

Lecturer in American Studies

aaron.nyerges@sydney.edu.au

Phone: +61 2 8627 0170


Expertise: American literature and film, global modernism and modernity, popular culture and celebrity, critical theory, regionalism… more


Dr Rebecca Sheehan

Lecturer in US History

rebecca.sheehan@sydney.edu.au

Phone: +61 2 9036 9208


Expertise: US women’s history, feminist history, history of gender and sexuality, history of social movements in the US, cultural politics including race, gender, religion and sexuality… more


Dr Rodney Taveira

Lecturer in American Studies

rodney.taveira@sydney.edu.au

Phone: +61 2 9114 2617


Expertise: American literature, American and European film (silent era to present), US television, comedy in the US, US popular culture, queer and sexuality studiesRodney Taveira joined the United Sta… more


Research Associates

 

John Barron

Research Associate


John Barron is a Research Associate at the US Studies Centre and teaches a winter course in US campaign politics and the media.… more


Sandy Burgoyne

Director of the Future Cities Collaborative

sandy.burgoyne@sydney.edu.au


Sandy Burgoyne has 20 years corporate experience in developing and leading business strategy, marketing, change and business transformation within the telecommunications, information technology, retai… more


Dr Anna Lebovic

Research Associate

anna.lebovic@sydney.edu.au


Anna Lebovic is a historian of modern America, with a particular interest in gender, consumer culture and national identity in the postwar period. She also has broad research interests in the history … more


Tom Switzer

Senior Fellow

tom.switzer@sydney.edu.au


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


Brendan Thomas-Noone

Research Associate, Alliance 21 Program

brendan.thomas-noone@sydney.edu.au

Phone: +61 2 9114 2632


Brendan Thomas-Noone is a Research Associate in the Alliance 21 Program. His interests include international security, nuclear deterrence in the Indo-Pacific and the politics of cyberspace.… more


Ashley Townshend

Research Fellow, Alliance 21 Program, currently a Visiting Fellow at the Asia-Pacific Center, Fudan University, Shanghai

ashley.townshend@sydney.edu.au


Expertise: International security, defense issues, and strategic affairs with a focus on Asian security, US and allied foreign policy, US-China relations, and the evolving Indo-Pacific region, includi… more


Research Affiliates

 

The Honourable Jeffrey Bleich

Visiting Professor & former US Ambassador to Australia


Jeffrey Bleich is the former US Ambassador to Australia. He is a Visiting Professor and a member of the Council of Advisors at the US Studies Centre.… more


Professor James Curran

Professor in the Department of History at the University of Sydney


James Curran teaches courses in Australian political culture and foreign policy, as well as the history of America's relations with the world. His latest book, Unholy Fury: Whitlam and Nixon at War, i… more


Dr Nicole Hemmer

Visiting Research Associate at the Miller Center, University of Virginia


Expertise: Media and politics in America; US domestic politics especially the Republican Party and conservative movement; Women and politics in the US… more


Dr Adam Lockyer

Senior Lecturer in Security Studies at Macquarie University

adam.lockyer@mq.edu.au


Dr Adam Lockyer is a Senior Lecturer in Security Studies at Macquarie University.… 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


Professor Shane White

Challis Professor of History at the University of Sydney


Shane White is Professor of American History, and an Australian Professorial Fellow, at the University of Sydney. He is the author of Somewhat More Independent: The End of Slavery in New York City, 17… more


Casual Lecturers

 

Dr Harry Melkonian

Casual Lecturer


Dr Harry Melkonian is a practicing lawyer and legal educator. He has practiced law since 1975 and is licensed in England, New South Wales as well as New York and California in the USA. He has lectured… more


Michael Thompson

Casual Lecturer


Michael Thompson is a historian of US foreign relations and US religious and intellectual history with over five years experience lecturing in American History at several of Australia’s leading … more


Professor Ian Tyrrell

Casual Lecturer


Ian Tyrrell is Scientia Professor of History at the University of New South Wales. Born in Brisbane, Queensland, he was educated at the University of Queensland and Duke University, where he was a Ful… more


 

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VIDEOS & INTERVIEWS

Simon Jackman

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Nicole Hemmer

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