I research in the fields of International Relations and Politics, primarily focusing on Timor-Leste and Indonesia. I completed my PhD 'East Timor's Pursuit of Democratic Independence' at Monash University in 2013. Since then I have published in academic journals such as Asian Security, Contemporary Southeast Asia and Journal of Pacific History. My book 'Social Democracy in East Timor' will be published by Routledge in October 2015. I am currently working on a book for Palgrave that examines Timor-Leste's foreign affairs. I am interested in the broad areas of democratisation, international state-building, International Relations theory and the politics of Southeast Asia.