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

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

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 Altin Gavranovic

Lecturer in American Studies

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


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 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 Shaun Ratcliff

Lecturer in Political Science

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

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

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

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

Brendan Thomas-Noone

Research Fellow, Alliance 21 Program

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

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


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

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


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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