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

  • Jane Park
    Senior Lecturer in Contemporary American Media
  • David Smith
    Senior Lecturer in American Politics and Foreign Policy & USSC Academic Director


Lecturers


Research Associates

  • John Barron
    ABC journalist, author and documentary filmmaker 
  • Sandy Burgoyne
    Director of the Future Cities Collaborative 
  • James Curran
    Research Associate in the History of the US-Australia Alliance
  • Leah Farrall
    Research Associate in Counter Terrorism
  • Evelyn Goh
    Shedden Professor of Strategic Policy Studies at the Australian National University 
  • Jurgen Haacke
    Associate Professor in International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Natasha Hamilton-Hart
    Associate Professor at the University of Auckland Business School
  • Pete Hatemi
    Researching the neurobiological mechanisms of social and political behaviours
  • Bill Hayton
    Writer on Southeast Asia, reporter, producer
  • Chin-Hao Huang
    Assistant Professor of Political Science at the Yale-NUS College in Singapore 
  • Malcolm Jorgensen
    Research Associate 
  • Andrea Koch
    Director of the Soil Carbon Initiative
  • Rebecca Nelson
    Lead Researcher, Comparative Groundwater Law and Policy Program at Stanford
  • Tom Switzer
    Editor of American Review
  • Ashley Townshend
    Research Fellow, Alliance 21


Visiting Scholars

  • Tony Haymet
    Director and Vice-Chancellor for Marine Sciences Emeritus, Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego
  • Nicole Hemmer
    Media and the modern conservative movement
  • Anna Lebovic
    Historian of modern America
  • Adam Lockyer
    US politics and foreign policy
  • Shawn Treier
    Lecturer at the Australian National University 


Affiliated Academics

 


Professors

 

Professor Edward Blakely

Honorary Professor in Urban Policy & disaster recovery expert

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


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 Lyn Carson

Honorary Professor of Civic Engagement

lyn.carson@sydney.edu.au

http://www.activedemocracy.net/


Carson was the founding Academic Program Director of the US Studies Centre and is now one of its Adjunct Professors. She was responsible for the design and implementation of the Master of US Studies, … more


Professor James Fallows

Visiting Professor at the US Studies Centre & National Correspondent for The Atlantic


James Fallows is Visiting Professor at the US Studies Centre and National Correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly magazine. One of the world's leading journalists, Fallows is author of nine books and o… more


Dr Bates Gill

Visiting Professor


Expertise: US domestic politics; US foreign policy, particularly in Asia; US security, defence and nonproliferation policy, particularly in Asia; US philanthropy; globalization of US sport… more


Professor Robert Hill, AC

Adjunct Professor in Sustainability


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

Visiting Professor at the US Studies Centre & Professor of Political Science at Stanford University


Simon Jackman is Professor of Political Science and (by courtesy) of Statistics at Stanford University. Jackmanʼs teaching and research centres on issues in democratic politics (public opinion, polit… 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


Professor Susan Pond AM, FTSE

Consultant and Adjunct Professor in Sustainability


Susan Pond has led the Alternative Transport Fuels Initiative at the United States Studies Centre since her appointment in 2010 to the Dow Sustainability Program.… more


Professor Russell Trood

Adjunct Professor, Defence and Security Program


Russell Trood is an adjunct professor in the Defence and Security Program at the US Studies Centre and a professor of international relations at Griffith University. He is also president of the United… 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 a non-resident fellow in the Alliance 21 Program and adjunct associate professor at the United States Studies Centre.… more


Senior Lecturers

 

Dr Jane Park

Senior Lecturer in Contemporary American Media


Dr Jane Chi Hyun Park's research interests include: film and popular media; race, ethnicity and multiculturalism; beauty, aesthetics, and embodiment; Asian diasporic studies; American studies; postcol… more


Dr David Smith

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

david.smith@sydney.edu.au


Expertise: Religion in the Untied 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 History and American Studies

thomas.adams@sydney.edu.au

Phone: +61 2 9036 7948


Expertise: Race, gender, and economic Inequality in America, US domestic and electoral politics, Latin American/Caribbean-US foreign affairs, "social" political issues such as abortion, gay rights, cu… 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


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Dr Aaron Nyerges

Lecturer

aaron.nyerges@sydney.edu.au

Phone: +61 2 8627 0170


Expertise: American literature, trans-Atlantic negotiations of American cultural products, book adaptations, sound studies.… more


Dr Rebecca Sheehan

Lecturer in US History

rebecca.sheehan@sydney.edu.au

Phone: +61 2 9036 9208


Expertise: Rock music history, women in popular culture, history of social movements in the US, cultural politics in the US including race, gender, religion and sexualityRebecca joined the United Stat… 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

ABC journalist and US Studies Centre 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 is an experienced business executive whose career includes 20 years in developing and leading business strategy, marketing, change and business transformation within the telecommunication, retai… more


Dr James Curran

Research Associate in the History of the US-Australia Alliance


Dr Curran teaches Australian history. His current research, funded by an ARC Discovery Project (2010-2012), explores the history of the Australia/US Alliance from Nixon's 1969 Guam Doctrine to the ear… more


Leah Farrall

Research Associate in Counter Terrorism


Dr Leah Farrall is a Research Associate in Counter Terrorism at the US Studies Centre. She was a speaker at the US Studies Centre's National Summit in June 2011… more


Professor Evelyn Goh

Shedden Professor of Strategic Policy Studies at the Australian National University


Evelyn Goh is the Shedden Professor of Strategic Policy Studies at the School of International, Political & Strategic Studies of the Australian National University, where she is also the Director … more


Associate Professor Jurgen Haacke

Associate Professor in International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science


Dr Jurgen Haacke is associate professor in international relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is part of the US Studies Centre's project "Emerging US Security Partners… more


Associate Professor Natasha Hamilton-Hart

Associate Professor at the University of Auckland Business School


Natasha Hamilton-Hart is Associate Professor in the Department of Management and International Business of the University of Auckland Business School and Director of the Southeast Asia Studies Centre … more


Associate Professor Peter Hatemi

Research Associate

phatemi@gmail.com


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


Bill Hayton

Writer on Southeast Asia, reporter, producer


Bill Hayton is part of the US Studies Centre's project "Emerging US Security Partnerships in Southeast Asia" generously supported by the MacArthur Foundation.… more


Dr Chin-Hao Huang

Assistant Professor of Political Science at the Yale-NUS College in Singapore


Dr Chin-Hao Huang is part of the US Studies Centre's project "Emerging US Security Partnerships in Southeast Asia" generously supported by the MacArthur Foundation.… more


Dr Malcolm Jorgensen

Research Associate

malcolm.jorgensen@sydney.edu.au

Phone: +61 2 9036 9055


Expertise: US domestic politics, elections and foreign policy, US international law policy, US security interests in the Asia-Pacific and Middle East, US-Australia Alliance… more


Andrea Koch

Director of the Soil Carbon Initiative

andrea.koch@sydney.edu.au


Andrea Koch leads the Soil Carbon Initiative, a project of the Dow Sustainability Program at the United States Studies Centre. From a fifth generation Australian farming family, she brings together he… more


Rebecca Nelson

Lead Researcher, Comparative Groundwater Law and Policy Program at Stanford


Rebecca is Lead Researcher, Comparative Groundwater Law and Policy Program at the Woods Institute for the Environment and the Bill Lane Center for the American West, Stanford University, a collaborati… more


Tom Switzer

Research Associate and Editor of American Review

tom.switzer@sydney.edu.au


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


Ashley Townshend

Research Fellow, Alliance 21 Program

ashley.townshend@sydney.edu.au


Ashley Townshend is a Research Fellow in the Alliance 21 Program. He specialises in international security and strategic affairs with a regional focus on China, Northeast Asia, and the Indo-Pacific re… more


Visiting Scholars

 

Professor Tony Haymet

Director and Vice­‐Chancellor for Marine Sciences Emeritus, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego


Tony Haymet is a distinguished scientist, educator, policy advisor and business development leader. Since 2006 he has been Distinguished Professor at Scripps Oceanography, and is now Emeritus Director… more


Dr Nicole Hemmer

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


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


Dr Anna Lebovic

Visiting Scholar

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


Dr Adam Lockyer

Visiting Scholar

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


Affiliated Academics

 

Dr Rowena Braddock

Lecturer, The American City


Rowena Braddock is an Honours graduate in arts and law from the University of Sydney.… more


Dr Bruce Isaacs

Lecturer, American Film & Hollywood


Bruce Isaacs has a PhD in Film Studies, with a focus on film aesthetics and culture. His research examines a wide range of film studies-related topics: histories of film (with a focus on Hollywood), f… more


Dr Harry Melkonian

Lecturer, US Constitution


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


Professor Ian Tyrrell

Scientia Professor of History at the University of New South Wales


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

Malcolm Jorgensen

Trump's campaign 'changing the rule book'

Research associate Malcolm Jorgensen speaks to Sky News about Donald Trump's debate no-show.


Tom Switzer

Breaking down Obama's speech on terrorism

Research associate Tom Switzer discusses President Obama's speech on terrorism on Bloomberg TV.

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