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

  • Roger Benjamin
    Professor of Art History
  • Edward Blakely
    Honorary Professor in Urban Policy & disaster recovery expert
  • Jeffrey L. Bleich
    Visiting Professor & former US Ambassador to Australia 
  • Lyn Carson
    Honorary Professor of Civic Engagement
  • James Fallows
    Visiting Professor & National Correspondent for The Atlantic
  • Bates Gill
    Professor of Politics 
  • Murray Goot
    Visiting Professor & ARC Australian Professorial Fellow at Macquarie University
  • Robert Hill, AC
    Adjunct Professor in Sustainability
  • Michael Hiscox
    Director of the STAR Lab at the US Studies Centre & Clarence Dillon Professor of International Affairs at Harvard University
  • Simon Jackman
    Visiting Professor & Professor of Political Science at Stanford University
  • Linda Jakobson
    Visiting Professor 
  • Margaret Levi
    Visiting Professor & Bacharach Professor of International Studies at the University of Washington
  • Susan Pond, AM, FTSE
    Adjunct Professor in Sustainability
  • Russell Trood
    Adjunct Professor, Defence and Security Program


Associate Professors

  • Brendon O'Connor
    Associate Professor in American Politics & Director of Teaching and Learning


Senior Lecturers

  • Jane Park
    Lecturer in Contemporary American Media


Lecturers


Research Associates

  • John Ahlquist
    Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Thomas Barlow
    Research strategist specialising in science and technological innovation
  • John Barron
    ABC journalist, author and documentary filmmaker
  • Sandy Burgoyne
    Project Lead, Urban Environments 
  • James Curran
    Research Associate in the History of the US-Australia Alliance
  • Leah Farrall
    Research Associate in Counter Terrorism
  • Sean Gallagher
    Researcher specialising in American higher education
  • Pete Hatemi
    Researching the neurobiological mechanisms of social and political behaviours
  • Mary E. Kissel
    Member of The Wall Street Journal editorial board
  • Andrea Koch
    Program Leader, Soil Carbon Initiative
  • Rebecca Nelson
    Lead Researcher, Comparative Groundwater Law and Policy Program at Stanford
  • Marc Palen
    Research Associate
  • Jamie Pittock
    Research Associate, Climate-Energy-Water Nexus project
  • Nina Silove
    Researcher specialising in US grand strategy 
  • Tim Stephens
    Associate Dean of the Sydney Law School 
  • Tom Switzer
    Editor of American Review
     

Senior Visiting Scholars

  • Christopher Parker
    Stuart A. Scheingold Professor of Social Justice and Political Science

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
  • Adam Lockyer
    US politics and foreign policy
  • Huw McKay
    Executive Director and Senior International Economist at Westpac
  • Shawn Treier
    Lecturer at the Australian National University 


Tutors

  • Malcolm Jorgensen
    PhD candidate in US Foreign Policy and International Law at the US Studies Centre


Affiliated Academics

 


Professors

 

Professor Roger Benjamin

Professor of Art History

roger.benjamin@sydney.edu.au


Roger Benjamin trained in art history at the University of Melbourne and Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania. His research has focused on the art and theory of Matisse, French Orientalist painting, an… more


Professor Edward Blakely

Honorary Professor in Urban Policy & disaster recovery expert

edward.blakely@sydney.edu.au

http://www.blakelycitytalk.com/


Edward Blakely is Honorary Professor of Urban Policy at the US Studies Centre, having previously served for two years as Executive Director of the Office of Recovery and Development Administration, th… 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 Centre and is now one of its Adjunct Professors. She is currently Professor in applied politics, with the Centre for Citizenship and Public Pol… 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


Professor Murray Goot

Visiting Professor & ARC Australian Professorial Fellow at Macquarie University


Murray Goot is an Australian Research Council Australian Professorial Fellow and Professor in the Department of Modern History, Politics, International Relations and Security at Macquarie University w… 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 Michael Hiscox

Director of the STAR Lab at the US Studies Centre and Clarence Dillon Professor of International Affairs, Harvard University


Michael J. Hiscox is the Clarence Dillon Professor of International Affairs at Harvard University. He received his B. Econ. (First Class Honours) from the University of Sydney in 1989 and his Ph.D in … 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


In January 2014 Linda Jakobson took up the position of Visiting Professor at the US Studies Centre at Sydney University. She is also a Nonresident Fellow at the Lowy Institute for International Policy… more


Professor Margaret Levi

Visiting Professor & Bacharach Professor of International Studies at the University of Washington

margaret.levi@gmail.com

Phone: +61 2 9114 0580


A Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and former President of the American Political Science Association, Professor Margaret Levi was the chair in US Politics at the US Studies Centre … more


Professor Susan Pond AM, FTSE

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

 

Associate Professor Brendon O'Connor

Associate Professor in American Politics & Director of Teaching and Learning

brendon.oconnor@sydney.edu.au

Phone: +61 9036 9206


Brendon joined the United States 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 coord… 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


Lecturers

 

Dr Thomas Adams

Lecturer in History and American Studies

thomas.adams@sydney.edu.au

Phone: +61 2 9036 7948


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.… more


Dr Gorana Grgic

Lecturer in US Politics and Foreign Policy

gorana.grgic@sydney.edu.au

Phone: +61 2 8627 0128


Gorana was awarded a PhD in International Relations at the University of Sydney in 2014. Gorana’s dissertation explored the dynamics of political liberalisation and ethnic conflicts in former So… more


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Aaron Nyerges

Lecturer


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 publicatio… more


Dr Rebecca Sheehan

Lecturer in US History

rebecca.sheehan@sydney.edu.au

Phone: +61 2 9036 9208


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 cohort.… more


David Smith

Lecturer in American Politics and Foreign Policy

david.smith@sydney.edu.au


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. Smith has a PhD in political science from the … more


Rodney Taveira

Lecturer in American Studies

rodney.taveira@sydney.edu.au

Phone: +61 2 9114 2617


Rodney Taveira joined the United States Studies Centre in 2011. He was awarded his PhD in English from the University of Sydney in 2010. He was previously Lecturer in English at the University of New … more


Research Associates

 

Assistant Professor John Ahlquist

Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison

jahlquist@wisc.edu


John Ahlquist is assistant professor in the department of political science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as well as a research associate in political economy at the US Stu… more


Dr Thomas Barlow

Research strategist specialising in science and technological innovation

http://www.barlowadvisory.com


Thomas Barlow is Australia's leading research strategist. He provides independent policy advice to governments and strategic advice to high-tech companies, universities, and research organisations. Hi… more


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

Project Lead, Urban Environments, Dow Sustainability Program

sandy.burgoyne@sydney.edu.au


Sandy Burgoyne leads the Centre’s Urban Environment program as a part of the DOW Sustainability program. Sandy is an experienced business executive whose career includes 20 years in developing a… 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


Dr Sean Gallagher

Chief Operating Officer

sean.gallagher@sydney.edu.au

Phone: +61 2 9351 4601


Dr Sean Gallagher is Chief Operating Officer of the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney where he is a Research Associate in American Higher Education. He has previously held roles… 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


Andrea Koch

Program Leader, Soil Carbon Initiative


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


Dr Marc Palen

Research Associate at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney & Lecturer at Tufts University, Massachusetts


Marc-William Palen received his PhD from the University of Texas at Austin. During his time at the United States Studies Centre, he revised his book manuscript, The Conspiracy of Free Trade, for publi… more


Dr Jamie Pittock

Research Associate, Climate-Energy-Water Nexus project

jamie.pittock@anu.edu.au


Dr Jamie Pittock has a background in zoology and geography, and from 1989-2001 he worked for various non-government environmental organisations in Australia promoting nature conservation. In partic… more


Dr Nina Silove

Researcher specialising in US grand strategy

nina.silove@austin.utexas.edu


Dr Nina Silove is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Clements Center for History, Strategy, and Statecraft at the University of Texas at Austin and a Research Associate of the United States Studies Centre a… more


Associate Professor Tim Stephens

Associate Dean at the Sydney University Law School


Dr Tim Stephens is a Research Associate at the US Studies Centre.… more


Tom Switzer

Research Associate and Editor of American Review

tom.switzer@sydney.edu.au


Tom Switzer is a research associate at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney where he teaches undergraduate courses in US politics, US foreign policy, US-Australia relations and… more


Senior Visiting Scholars

 

Professor Christopher Parker

Stuart A. Scheingold Professor of Social Justice and Political Science at the University of Washington


Chris Parker is a Senior Visiting Scholar at the US Studies Centre. He was a Visiting Fellow at the Centre in 2014.… 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 of Oceanography at Scripps Institution of Oceanograph… more


Dr Nicole Hemmer

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


Nicole Hemmer received her PhD in History from Columbia University in 2010. From 2008-2009, she was a fellow at the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia, and from 2009-2011 sh… 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


Huw McKay

Executive Director and Senior International Economist at Westpac


Huw McKay is a Visiting Scholar at the US Studies Centre. He has been Executive Director and Senior International Economist of Westpac's Economic Research Team since 2000. He is the bank's spokes… 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


Tutors

 

Malcolm Jorgensen

Lecturer

malcolm.jorgensen@sydney.edu.au

Phone: +61 2 9036 9055


Follow @malcyjorgy… 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 Kurt Iveson

Senior Lecturer

kurt.iveson@sydney.edu.au

Phone: 02 9351 3627

Fax: 02 9351 3644

http://www.geosci.usyd.edu.au/people/st_iveson.shtml


Kurt is primarily interested in the question of how social justice can be achieved in cities. Within this broad interest, his research has focused on two main areas. First, he has examined the signifi… more


Professor David Johnstone

Chair of Finance

d.johnstone@econ.usyd.edu.au

Phone: + 61 2 9036 5286

http://www.econ.usyd.edu.au/staff/davidj


Professor David Johnstone is a member of the Faculty of Economics and Business at the University of Sydney. Professor Johnstone will be lecturing for the USSC in 2010 and teaching US Financial Institu… more


Dr Martijn Konings

Lecturer

http://www.arts.usyd.edu.au/departs/political/staff/martijn_konings.htm


Martijn Konings completed his PhD at York University in Toronto and is currently a lecturer in the department of Political Economy at the University of Sydney. He has published articles on American an… 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


Dr Michael Ondaatje

Lecturer in US Politics


Dr Michael L. Ondaatje is is head of the National School of Arts, and associate professor of history at the Australian Catholic University. He is also a Research Associate at the United States Studies… 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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