Find an Expert

The United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney has a range of experts on all aspects of American domestic and foreign policy issues, culture, business, history and media.

For media enquiries, please contact +61 2 9114 2664 to request an interview (both during and after business hours).

Resident academics and experts

Visiting academics and experts (off-site or international)

 

Resident academics and experts

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


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


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


Dr Altin Gavranovic

Lecturer in American Studies

altin.gavranovic@sydney.edu.au

Phone: +61 2 8627 5863


Expertise: Cultural and social history of the United States, with a particular focus on the ways deviance and individuality have been experienced and represented from the 17th century to the present, … 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 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


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


Dr Shaun Ratcliff

Lecturer in Political Science

shaun.ratcliff@sydney.edu.au

Phone: +61 2 8627 5845


Shaun Ratcliff is a lecturer in political science at the US Studies Centre. His research interests are public opinion, political behaviour and parties in both the United States and Australia.… more


Dougal Robinson

Research Fellow, Alliance 21 Program

dougal.robinson@sydney.edu.au

Phone: +61 2 8627 5849


Dougal Robinson is a Research Fellow in the Alliance 21 Program. His primary focus is the relationship between the Trump Administration and Congress and its implications for Australia.… more


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


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


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


Brendan Thomas-Noone

Research Fellow, Alliance 21 Program

brendan.thomas-noone@sydney.edu.au

Phone: +61 2 9114 2612


Expertise: International security, nuclear deterrence and non-proliferation, cyber policy and security, US foreign policy and Australian strategic issues.… more


Ashley Townshend

Research Fellow, Alliance 21 Program

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


Visiting academics and experts

 

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


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

Assistant Professor in Presidential Studies at the University of Virginia's Miller Center


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


Dr Rebecca Sheehan

USSC Visiting Fellow & Program Director of Gender Studies at Macquarie University


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 Jennifer Hunt

Lecturer

jennifer.hunt@sydney.edu.au


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


VIDEOS & INTERVIEWS

James Brown

Australia in firing line if US and China go to war

Associate Professor James Brown says Australia faces some tough decisions if tensions escalate between the US and China.


Simon Jackman

About the US Studies Centre

Centre CEO Simon Jackman explains the Centres wide range of teaching, research, study abroad and outreach activities.

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