Professor Simon Jackman was Chief Executive Officer of the United States Studies Centre from April 2016 to May 2022. Between 1996 and 2016, he was a Professor of Political Science and Statistics at Stanford University. Jackman's teaching and research centres on public opinion, election campaigns, political participation, and electoral systems with special emphasis on American and Australian politics.
Richard Fontaine was the Alliance 21 Program Fellow at the US Studies Centre from July to August 2016. Fontaine is the President of the Centre for a New American Security. Previously, Fontaine was a foreign policy advisor to Senator John McCain for more than five years and has also worked at the State Department, the National Security Council and on the staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.