My academic journey has been complex - to use one of the words of the moment. I started out studying Psychology and Mathematics at UNSW. Then I moved to English Literature where I completed my honours (first class). I then ended up in the Politcs department for my PhD (I could only write about literature the way I wanted to in a Politics department - crazy world). During my PhD I started working for the Learning Centre at UNSW and also tutoring and lecturing in International Relations. I spent 10 years working in the Learning Centre, where I produced two academic skills books for MacMillan Education: Essentials of Essay Writing (2017) and Reading at University (2020). I also continued to teach courses on IR, Literature, Sociology, and Film. In 2020 I moved to the School of Social and Political Sciences at USYD where I teach courses in Politics and Popular Culture, International Security and so on.