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Distinguished Professor of Political Science, Australian National University

Ian McAllister is Distinguished Professor of Political Science at The Australian National University. His PhD is from the University of Strathclyde. He was previously a professor at the University of Manchester and at the University fo NSW, ADFA. His most recent books are (with Danielle Chubb) Public Opinion and Australian Defence and Foreign Policy: Attitudes and Trends Since 1945 (London: Palgrave, 2021) and (with Bernadette Hayes) Conflict to Peace: Society and Politics in Northern Ireland Over Half a Century (Manchester University Press, 2013).

He has been director of the Australian Election Study since 1987, a large national post-election survey of political attitudes and behaviour. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and a corresponding Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He is the series editor for Oxford University Press on the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems.

His scholarly research covers Australian politics, comparative political behaviour and postcommunist politics. He is currently working on a book on compulsory voting around the world and a book on Russian voting behaviour since 1990.


  • 1997–2022
    Professor, ANU