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

Rebecca Borys

Alliance 21 Research Intern

Beck Borys is currently studying a Master of International Relations and completed her Bachelor of International Relations at ANU (including a period spent studying Arabic in Oman). Rebecca volunteers… more

Fraser Brown

Alliance 21 Research Intern

Fraser Brown grew up in the UK and the US before attending high school in Sydney. He completed a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Government and International Relations, from the University of Sydney, an… 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

Sandy Burgoyne

Director of the Future Cities Collaborative

Sandy Burgoyne has 20 years corporate experience in developing and leading business strategy, marketing, change and business transformation within the telecommunications, information technology, retai… 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


Max Halden

Media Manager

Phone: +61 2 9036 9137

Follow @mrmaxhalden… more

Olivia Haythorn

Media and Communications Intern

Olivia is currently in her fifth and final year studying a Bachelor of Commerce/Arts. She is majoring in Marketing, International Business, and Art History and also learning Italian with some spare el… more

Francesca Johanson

Program Assistant, Future Cities Collaborative

Francesca Johanson has recently completed a Bachelor of International and Global Studies from the University of Sydney with a major in Government and International Relations. She received first-class … more

Imogen Kennedy

Internal Auditor

Imogen is an internal auditor at the Centre. She is currently in the penultimate year of her Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Sydney majoring in Accounting and Ame… more

Andrew Kwon

Program Associate, Alliance 21

Andrew Yong-chang Kwon is a Program Associate for the Alliance 21 Program.… more

Kylie Lo

US-Australia-China Triangle Research Intern

Kylie is currently studying Master of International Relations in the University of Sydney. She comes from Hong Kong and completed a bachelor degree of social science, majoring in Psychology, at the Ch… more

Kathryn McNulty

Events Manager

Kathryn has worked in the events team at the US Studies Centre since 2013. During this time she has run a number of large scale conferences, events and high-profile visits both in Australia and in the… 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

April Palmerlee

Communications Director

Phone: +61 2 9114 2668

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

William Read

Research Assistant and Project Coordinator

Phone: +61 2 9114 2634

William is the program coordinator and research assistant for the MacArthur project “Emerging US Security Partnerships in Southeast Asia” and the “Research Network on America’s… more

Karmelia Rosa

Finance Assistant

Karmelia is a Finance Assistant at the US Studies Centre. Her responsibilities include accounting duties such as processing AP and AR, credit card reconciliations as well as other administrative dutie… 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

Esther Shim

Media and Communications Intern

Esther is in her second year of a Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications), majoring in Digital Cultures and Marketing as well as doing American Studies! She has a radio show on SURG FM (Sydney Uni… 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

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

Amelia Trial

Student Affairs Officer

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

Harriet Whyte

Program Associate, Future Cities Collaborative

Harriet is a recent graduate from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of International and Global Studies (Honours) degree. Harriet has a keen interest in urban policy development, and is focused… more

Anna Zhou

Anna Zhou is in her final year of a Bachelor of Commerce (Liberal Studies) degree at the University of Sydney. She is majoring in accounting and economics. Anna completed an internship with Deloitte's… more


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