General enquiries

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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

Susan Beale

Digital and Creative Manager

Phone: +61 2 9036 5087

Susan is responsible for the development and delivery of the US Studies Centre's digital and creative strategy. … 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

Shelley Cheng

Phone: +61 2 9114 2611

Shelley is the Finance and Administration Officer at the US Studies Centre. Her responsibilities include accounting duties such as reconciling credit cards, maintaining accounting records and processi… more

Stephanie Dunstan

Communications Director

Phone: +61 2 9114 2664

Stephanie Dunstan is Communications Director at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. Previously Stephanie was Director, Strategic Communications at the Lowy Institute for Inte… 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

Mara Gonzales

Events Officer

Phone: +61 2 8627 0565

Mara has been working in strategic marketing roles in the corporate, education and not-for-profit industries for the last five years, which has given her a strong background in events marketing, proje… 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

Beau Magloire

Student Recruitment Manager

Phone: +61 2 8627 0309

Beau Magloire is a marketer and film-maker based in Sydney. Beau has been involved in recruitment across all faculties at the University of Sydney, in particular Arts and Social Sciences. Beau has als… more


Dr Aaron Nyerges

Lecturer in American Studies

Phone: +61 2 8627 0170

Aaron Nyerges is a Lecturer in American Studies at the US Studies Centre.… 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

April Palmerlee

Events Director

Phone: +61 2 9114 2668

April Palmerlee is Events Director at the US Studies Centre.… more

Janine Pinto

Events Manager

Phone: +61 2 8627 5566

Janine is responsible for the development and delivery of the United States Studies Centre's events strategy.… 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

Jessica Regan

Administration Officer - Academic and Student Support

Phone: +61 2 9351 7249

Jessica Regan is the Centre's Administration Officer for Academic and Student Support. Before joining the Centre, she worked in various roles throughout the University of Sydney, including the School … 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

Drew Sheldrick

Editor and Media Manager

Phone: +61 2 9114 2622

Drew Sheldrick has worked as an editor and journalist for 10 years with media organisations including News Corp Australia and the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS). He’s also been a contributor… 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

Cindy Tang

Finance Manager and Company Secretary

Phone: +61 2 9114 2638

Cindy has been working in accounting roles for more than five years; she has experience in financial accounting, management accounting and administration duties. Prior to joining the Centre, she worke… 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

Amelia Trial

Student Mobility Manager

Phone: +61 2 9036 5086

Amelia graduated with a Bachelors degree in History from the University of Connecticut. Before Joining the Centre she worked in a law office in Boston, Massachusetts.… more


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