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 get in contact with Max Halden (02 9036 9137, max.halden@sydney.edu.au) to request an interview.

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


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


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


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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


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 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 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


Tom Switzer

Research Associate

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


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


Associate Professor James Curran

Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Sydney


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


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


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


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


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


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

Ying Ma

What do voters see in Donald Trump?

Centre visitor Ying Ma, who was a top advisor to the Ben Carson campaign, looks at how Carson connected with voters and why Donald Trump is resonating.


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As Clinton and Trump emerge as the presumptive nominees for the Democratic and Republican parties respectively, Tom Switzer looks at the race ahead.

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