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, 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

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

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

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

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


Dr Sarah Graham

Lecturer in US Foreign Policy

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

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


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


Dr Aaron Nyerges

Lecturer in American Studies

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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.


Presidential face-off

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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