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Senior Lecturer in International Relations, Deakin University

I'm currently an International Relations lecturer and researcher at Deakin University in Melbourne. Previously, I have worked as a researcher at the Honolulu-based security studies think tank, Pacific Forum CSIS and The Australian National University.

My research interests are the policy dynamics of the Korean peninsula, the role of non-traditional actors in security arenas, human rights activism and Australian foreign policy.


  • 2012–present
    Lecturer in International Relations, Deakin University
  • 2011–2012
    Research Fellow, Pacific Forum CSIS
  • 2012–2012
    Adjunct assistant professor, Hawaii Pacific University
  • 2010–2011
    Associate Lecturer, Australian National University


  • 2010 
    The Australian National University, PhD


  • 2016
    Civil society, democracy and the state in South Korea: a critical dialogue, Australian Journal of Political Science
  • 2015
    Just another regional superpower? A cautious South Korea watches India’s rise’ in K Sullivan (ed), Competing Visions of India in World Politics: India’s Rise Beyond the West, Palgrave Macmillan
  • 2015
    North Korean human rights and the international community: responding to the UN Commission of Inquiry, Asia Pacific Journal on Human Rights and the Law, vol 15, no 1&2, pp.51-72
  • 2014
    Contentious activism and inter-Korean relations, Columbia University Press
  • 2014
    Statist nationalism and South Korea's National Security Law, Patriotism in East Asia, Routledge,
  • 2013
    'Down under and in-between: Australian security perspectives in the 'Asian Century', Doing more and expecting less: the future of US alliances in the Asia-Pacific, Pacific Forum CSIS
  • 2013
    North Korean defector activism and South Korean politics, De-bordering Korea: tangible and intangible legacies of the Sunshine Policy, Routledge
  • 2013
    Acting alone to act together: diversifying approaches to North Korea, New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies

Grants and Contracts

  • 2015
    The Evolution of North Korean Human Rights Discourse and Activism: Domestic and Transnational Dimensions
    Co Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Korea Foundation

Research Areas

  • Government And Politics Of Asia And The Pacific (160606)
  • International Relations (160607)
  • Australian Government And Politics (160601)