About me

I am currently a Professor of International Relations and Comparative Politics and an Australian Research Council Future Fellow in the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney, where I am also affiliated with the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre, the China Studies Centre, the Sydney Cybersecurity Network, the Asian Studies Program, and the Centre for International Security Studies (where I am the Regional Security Program Leader). From 2008 to 2010, I was an Assistant Professor in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology. I received a PhD in Political Science in 2008 from the University of California, Berkeley, and an AB (honors) from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University in 2001.

My research is mostly focused on the structure and behavior of clandestine state and non-state actors, such as terrorists, maritime piracy, smugglers, organized criminals, insurgents, and nuclear weapons proliferators, primarily in Northeast Asia and Southeast Asia, although I have also written on East Africa and general security issues. I have conducted academic and policy research in South Korea, Indonesia, Singapore, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, Thailand, and the Philippines. My research has been financially supported by the Australian Research Council, the Korea Foundation, the Australian government, the United States federal government, the United States-Indonesia Society, the National Bureau for Asia Research (NBR), the MacArthur Foundation, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), and the US National Science Foundation (through the University of California’s Institute for Global Cooperation and Conflict).

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