Associate Professor Brendon O'Connor

Associate Professor in American Politics

Phone: +61 9036 9206

Expertise: US presidential and congressional elections, US domestic politics and foreign policy, US political history, American-Australian relations, cultural politics in the US.

Brendon joined the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney in 2008 as an Associate Professor in American Politics. He is the coordinator of the American Studies program at the University of Sydney and the Director of the Faculty Scholars Program.

Brendon was a Fulbright Fellow at Georgetown University in 2006, the Australian Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington DC in 2008, a Visiting Fellow at the University of Cambridge in 2012, and a Public Policy Scholar at the Wilson Center in 2015.

He is the editor of seven books on anti-Americanism and has also published articles and books on American welfare policy, presidential politics, US foreign policy, and Australian-American relations.

He has taught courses on American domestic politics and foreign affairs, and supervised theses on a variety of topics such as anti-Americanism, neoconservatism, the Iraq War and presidential politics.

In 2015 he was a recipient of the Vice Chancellor’s teaching award.

He is a regular commentator in the Australian media on American politics and foreign policy.

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