Alex is a PhD candidate in International Relations in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne. She graduated from the University of Auckland in 2015 with Honours (First Class) in Media; Film and Television and Politics and International Relations.
Alex's PhD thesis examines the lived experiences of civilians living under drone surveillance and drone attack in Afghanistan, and US Air Force drone personnel. It seeks to discover the wide-ranging micro-political effects of drone warfare (emotional and psycho-social), with a particular interest in how these influence cross-cultural relations in the "war on terror". Alex's research is interdisciplinary, engaging with critical international relations, science and technology studies and cultural theory.
Alex previously worked as an assistant to Dr Tom Gregory at the University of Auckland, researching US counterinsurgency doctrine and civilian casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan. The aim of this research was to discern how, if at all, the US military's attitude towards civilian casualties changed with the shift to "population-centric" warfare.