Associate Professor of Politics
Before joining the Department of Politics at The New School, I was based at Monash University as a Lecturer in Politics and International Relations. I received my PhD from the Australian National University and was a postdoctoral research fellow in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, RMIT University, Melbourne.
My teaching and research begins with enduring political questions about the nature and limits of political communities and political power. To date, I have focused these questions around three inter-related areas of inquiry: (1) the transformation of citizenship and political belonging, (2) the regulation of borders and migration, and (3) the spatial dimension of politics. My interests are shaped by a concern for the injustices that characterise contemporary migration and citizenship regimes, a desire to understand the political forces that shape mobility within and across political communities, and a commitment to scholarship that contributes to positive social change. I employ a critical and interdisciplinary approach, combining theoretical inquiry with empirical field research and grounded, qualitative methods. My current research is focused on the governmental regimes that shape the experience of asylum seekers, refugees and labour migrants in Indonesia. I am also developing a research interest in temporality and International Relations.
PhD, Politics and International Relations, Australian National University, 2006.
Contesting Citizenship: Irregular Migrants and New Frontiers of the Political. New York: Columbia University Press, 2011.
(with Manfred B. Steger, eds.) Global Ideologies and Urban Landscapes, London and New York: Routledge, 2011.
Peer Reviewed Articles
"Learning to live with irregular migration: towards a more ambitious debate on the politics of 'the problem'" Citizenship Studies. 21(2), 2017.
"The Rationalities of Migration Management: control and subversion in an Indonesia-based counter-smuggling campaign" International Political Sociology. 10(3), 2016: 223-240.
“Beyond Territoriality: rethinking human mobility, border security and geopolitical space from the Indonesian island of Bintan” Security Dialogue. 45(3) 2014, 295 – 310.
“Ambivalence and Citizenship: Theorising the Political Claims of Irregular Migrants” Millennium, 41(2) 2013, pp.182-200.
“Becoming Political: Irregular Migrant Activism through Community Theatre” Local-Global: Identity, Security, Community, 8 (2010), pp. 142-156.
“Irregular Migrants, Neoliberal Geographies and Spatial Frontiers of ‘the Political,’’ Review of International Studies, 33 (4), 2007, pp. 655-674.
“The Liberal Paradox and the Politics of Asylum in Australia,” Australian Journal of Political Science, 41 (4), 2007, pp. 611-630.
“Political Belonging in a Neoliberal Era: The Struggle of the Sans-Papiers,” Citizenship Studies, 10 (2), 2006, pp. 135-151.
“Forced Migration in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific” in Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh et. al. (eds.) Oxford Handbook of Refugee and Forced Migration. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014, pp.639-650.
“Global Migration and Mobility: Conceptual Approaches, Governing Rationalities and Social Transformations” in Manfred Steger, Paul Battersby and Joseph Siracus (eds.) Sage Handbook of Globalization, London: Sage, 2014, pp.644-661.
“Undocumented Citizens? Shifting Grounds of Citizenship in Los Angeles” in Peter Nyers and Kim Rygiel (eds.) Citizenship, Migrant Activism and the Politics of Movement, New York and London: Routledge, 2012, pp. 165-183.
“Confessions of a failed feminist IR scholar: feminist methodologies in practice in Peshawar,” in Bina d’Costa and Katrina Lee Koo (eds.) Gender and Global Politics in the Asia-Pacific, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009, pp. 115-128.
Critical and post-colonial International Relations; theories of citizenship; radical democratic theory; Migration Studies, Border Studies, Governmentality.
Transnational Border Lab
Independent Study (Open Campus)
Field Seminar Global Politics
Writing Global Politics