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Christopher Pepin-Neff

Lecturer in Public Policy, University of Sydney

Christopher Pepin-Neff is an American-Australian Lecturer in Public Policy at the University of Sydney, School of Social and Political Sciences and Department of Government and International Relations. He received his PhD in 2014 from the University of Sydney focusing on the 'politics of shark attacks.' Christopher also holds a Masters in Public Policy and BA in political science.


  • 2007–present
    Senior fellow, Palm Center, San Francisco
  • 2010–2011
    Associate Producer, Shark Harbour Documentary
  • 2007–2010
    Executive Director, Outright Vermont
  • 2005–2006
    Senior Program Manager, DDB Issues and Advocacy
  • 2002–2005
    Senior Policy Advocate, Servicemembers Legal Defense Network


  • 2014 
    University of Sydney, Doctorate in Public Policy
  • 2007 
    University of Sydney , Masters in Public Policy (Honors)
  • 1999 
    James Madison University, Bachelor of Arts, Political Science


  • 2012
    (Forthcoming) Australian Beach Safety and the Politics of Shark Attacks, Coastal Management: The international journal of marine environment, resources, law and society.

Grants and Contracts

  • 2011
    Shark Bites and Public Policy - Project Leader
    Funding Source:
    Save Our Seas Foundation

Research Areas

  • Public Policy (160510)