Professor Brendon O'Connor

Professor of US Politics and US Foreign Relations, United States Studies Centre (jointly appointed with the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Sydney)

Brendon O'Connor is a Professor of US Politics and US Foreign Relations. He is jointly appointed between the United States Studies Centre and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (in the Discipline of Government and International Relations) at the University of Sydney. Brendon was a Fulbright Fellow at Georgetown University in 2006, a Visiting Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington DC in 2008 and 2015 and is a life member of Clare Hall at the University of Cambridge.

Brendon 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. His most recent book is Anti-Americanism and American Exceptionalism (2020). He is currently working on two new books: “Conservative International Relations: Reagan to Trump” and “The Ugly American: Jefferson to Trump”.

He teaches classes on US domestic politics and foreign affairs. 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.

Areas of expertise

  • Australia-US relations
  • US politics and elections
  • US foreign policy, defence and strategy