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New appointments Department of Political Studies

Media advisory
30 August 2002

New appointments in The University of Auckland’s Department of Political Studies

Over the last few months The University of Auckland has been expanding its expertise in the field of political studies. Six new appointments have been made at the Department of Political Studies.

Dr Jim Headley

Dr Headley has taken up a teaching post at the Department of Political Studies in Russian politics and foreign policy, and ethnic conflict and international security, after recently completing a PhD at the University of London. One of the attractions of The University of Auckland for Dr Headley was that it offers courses on these issues, which directly match his research interests. A book on ‘Russia and the Conflicts in the former Yugoslavia’, written by Dr Headley, will be published in 2003.
Contact: Dr Jim Headley
09 373 7599 ext 7199

Dr Geoffrey Kemp

Having recently completed a PhD at the University of Cambridge, Dr Kemp has moved to New Zealand with his wife and five children to take up a position teaching courses in politics and the media. A former newspaper journalist, Dr Kemp studied ideas of press freedom at Cambridge.

While in New Zealand, Dr Kemp plans to develop his research on the history of ideas of press freedom and the political impact of media change. A related new interest is New Zealand’s own ‘media revolution’ – the historical introduction of writing and print, with the Treaty of Waitangi an early outcome of the encounter of oral and ‘media’ cultures.
Contact: Dr Geoffrey Kemp
09 373 7599 ext 8093

Associate-Professor Michael Mintrom

Professor Mintrom has returned to New Zealand from the United States, where he was Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research at Michigan State University. His research covers policy innovation and the ways in which people influence policy, particularly in the field of education. While his work has been grounded in a North American context, he intends to expand it to a broader debate on public policy, including cases in New Zealand.

Professor Mintrom has a new book in production with Georgetown University Press, ‘People Skills for Policy Analysts’. He was recently named President-Elect of the Public Policy section of the American Political Science Association. He teaches courses in American politics and policy, and methods for policy research.
Contact: Professor Michael Mintrom
09 373 7599 ext 7947

Professor John Morrow

Professor Morrow has moved to Auckland from Victoria University of Wellington, and will take over as Head of Department in January 2003. His main research interests are on nineteenth century British and European political thought, and he is currently writing a book on the nineteenth century Scottish thinker, Thomas Carlyle.

Formerly he was a Bye Fellow at Robinson College, University of Cambridge and a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh. Professor Morrow is teaching a first year course on the foundations of Western political thought.
Contact: Professor John Morrow
09 373 7599 ext 7241

Dr Jane Scott

Having recently completed a PhD at The University of Auckland, Dr Scott has taken up a teaching post at the Department of Political Studies. She is teaching courses on the media, New Zealand public policy and political language.

Her main research interests include New Zealand politics, with a focus on public policy, and the media. Her work to date has focused on welfare dependency in New Zealand, and she has published work on media-politics, industrial relations and the women’s movement.
Contact: Dr Jane Scott
09 373 7599 ext 8090

Dr Jacqui True

Dr True has returned to New Zealand from North America, where she worked most recently as a postdoctoral fellow in the School of International Relations at the University of Southern
California. She teaches international relations and gender politics, and is currently researching transnational networks and feminist policy change. Other interests include the relationship between economic globalisation and cultural nationalism. Her book, ‘Globalization, Gender and Postsocialism’, based on extensive field research in Eastern Europe, is forthcoming with Columbia University Press in 2003.
Contact: Dr Jacqui True
09 373 7599 ext 5037

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