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Dr Bates Gill

Chief Executive Officer & Head of Thought Leadership

Phone: +61 2 9351 7249

Dr Bates Gill commenced as CEO of the US Studies Centre in October 2012 after a five year appointment as the Director of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. He previously led major r… more

Dr Thomas Adams

Lecturer in History and American Studies

Phone: +61 2 9036 7948

Dr Thomas Jessen Adams is jointly appointed between the United States Studies Centre and the Department of History. He received his PhD in US History from the University of Chicago.… more

Luika Bankson

Head of Students

Phone: +61 2 9114 2628

Luika is a graduate of the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. She spent the past two years as a Marketing Manager for CRCC Asia in Shanghai where … more

Susan Beale

Communications Manager

Phone: +61 2 9036 5087

Susan manages a team responsible for the development and delivery of the US Studies Centre's digital and print communications strategy. This includes the Centre's websites, newsletter and email campai… more

Teagan Bird

Intern, Alliance 21

Teagan Bird is an intern for the Alliance 21 Program during Semester 2, 2015.… more


Jonathan Bradley

Media Officer

Phone: +61 2 9114 2683

Jonathan Bradley has been with the US Studies Centre since 2008 — first as a student in the master's program and currently as a member of staff. A Sydneysider and occasional Seattleite, Jonathan… more

James Brown

Adjunct Associate Professor & Director of Alliance 21

Follow @captainbrown… more

Sandy Burgoyne

Director of the Future Cities Collaborative

Sandy is an experienced business executive whose career includes 20 years in developing and leading business strategy, marketing, change and business transformation within the telecommunication, retai… more


Chloe Cai

Student Recruitment Manager

Chloe Cai has been working at the National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University for six years. She has experience in international student recruitment, event management, and ex… more

Nina Fudala

Strategic Media Consultant

Phone: +61 409 321 918

Nina Fudala is a media and public relations professional, drawing on vast experience in mainstream journalism, senior roles in media management, international relations, public diplomacy and media tra… more

Melissa Grah-McIntosh

Head of Partnerships & Director of W21

Phone: +61 2 9114 2607

Melissa Grah-McIntosh's background includes leading the corporate communications function of an organisation across external and internal communications, events and marketing.… more


Dr Sarah Graham

Lecturer in US Foreign Policy

Phone: +61 2 8627 4136

Sarah Ellen Graham is Lecturer in US Foreign Policy… more

Dr Gorana Grgic

Lecturer in US Politics and Foreign Policy

Phone: +61 2 8627 0128

Gorana was awarded a PhD in International Relations at the University of Sydney in 2014. Gorana’s dissertation explored the dynamics of political liberalisation and ethnic conflicts in former So… more


Ainsley Halbmeyer

Media and Communications Intern

Ainsley Halbmeyer is in her second year of studying international and global studies at the University of Sydney, with a passion for all things American politics and comedy. She is a media intern at t… more


Max Halden

Acting Media Manager

Phone: +61 2 9036 9137

Max Halden is a recent graduate of Sydney University with a Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications), who has written articles for the Sydney Morning Herald on a diverse range of topics ranging fro… 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

Andrea Koch

Director of the Soil Carbon Initiative

Andrea Koch leads the Soil Carbon Initiative, a project of the Dow Sustainability Program at the United States Studies Centre. From a fifth generation Australian farming family, she brings together he… more

Andrew Kwon

Program Associate, Alliance 21

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

Jiao Li

Research Assistant - Australia-US-China Triangle

Jiao is a research assistant specialising in the triangle relationship between Australia, the US and China. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Politics and International Relations) and Bachelor of Laws with… more

Kathryn McNulty

Acting Events Manager

Kathryn has worked in Australia and the US in range of industries, including the disability sector and TV, specialising in events management, conferences and post-production.… more


Dr Aaron Nyerges


Phone: +61 2 8627 0170

Aaron Nyerges is a Lecturer in American Studies at the US Studies Centre. He completed a PhD in Modern American Literature at the University of Sydney in 2013. He has recent and forthcoming publicatio… more

Associate Professor Brendon O'Connor

Associate Professor in American Politics & Head of Academic

Phone: +61 9036 9206

Brendon joined the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney in 2008 as Associate Professor in American Politics. He is the Director of Teaching and Learning at the Centre and the coord… more

Professor Susan Pond AM, FTSE

Acting Chief Operating Officer and Adjunct Professor in Sustainability

Susan Pond is Acting Chief Operating Officer. She has led the Alternative Transport Fuels Initiative at the United States Studies Centre since her appointment in 2010 to the Dow Sustainability Program… more

Craig Purcell

Head of Administration

Phone: +61 2 9351 7249

Craig has lived in Australia since 2004 and is originally from Glasgow, Scotland.… 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

Kathryn Schoemer

Intern, Alliance 21

Kathryn Schoemer is an intern for the Alliance 21 Program during Semester 2, 2015.… more

Dr Rebecca Sheehan

Lecturer in US History

Phone: +61 2 9036 9208

Rebecca joined the United States Studies Centre as Lecturer in US History in September 2010. Prior to that she was one of the US Studies Centre’s first postdoctoral fellows cohort.… more

Dr David Smith

Lecturer in American Politics and Foreign Policy

Dr David Smith is jointly appointed between the United States Studies Centre and the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Sydney. Smith has a PhD in political science from the … more

Tom Switzer

Research Associate and Editor of American Review

Tom Switzer is a research associate at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney where he teaches undergraduate courses in US politics, US foreign policy, US-Australia relations and… more

Cindy Tang

Finance Manager

Phone: +61 2 9034 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

Rodney Taveira joined the United States Studies Centre in 2011. He was awarded his PhD in English from the University of Sydney in 2010. He was previously Lecturer in English at the University of New … more

Ashley Townshend

Research Fellow, Alliance 21 Program

Ashley Townshend is a Research Fellow in the Alliance 21 Program. He specialises in international security and strategic affairs with a regional focus on China, Northeast Asia, and the Indo-Pacific re… more

Amelia Trial

Student Affairs Officer

Phone: +61 2 9036 5086

Amelia has recently moved to Australia from the US. She recently graduated with a Bachelors degree in History from the University of Connecticut. Before Joining the Centre she worked in a law office i… more

Meghan Walters

Office Co-ordinator and Personal Assistant

Phone: +61 2 9351 7249

Meghan manages the US Studies Centre office resources and provides personal assistance to the CEO and COO. Meghan previously held positions in the recruitment and law industries and has recently retur… 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

Tara Wolfson

Events Coordinator

Phone: +61 2 9114 2624

Tara’s work background includes event, conference and venue management in Sydney, far north WA and QLD. She is experienced in all aspects of event planning and delivery on a variety of event typ… more

Elaine Xie

Internal Auditor

Elaine is a student at the University of Sydney majoring in finance and accounting. She has worked as an accountant and external auditor both in Australia and Shanghai.… more


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