I am currently a Fellow / Senior Lecturer in the Department of International Relations, Coral Bell School of Asia-Pacific Affairs at the Australian National University. Since December 2015 I have also held the position of Head of Department. I was awarded my PhD in mid-2010. 

I am the author of Realising Rights, 12 published/peer-reviewed articles, three book chapters and a range of printed and online opinion pieces.

My research focuses on investigating the impact of human rights norms in Southeast Asia, paying particular attention to the relationship between rights and order building in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). I am using this research to develop new understandings of the intersection of sovereignty and human rights as well as ASEAN’s role in the broader strategic architecture of the Asia-Pacific. 

I have convened award winning courses at the graduate and undergraduate level including in the areas of academic skill building, World Politics, International Relations Theory and Southeast East Asian Security. I currently supervise honours, masters and PhD students working in the field of International Relations theory, foreign policy, humanitarian aid, the environment and democratic transitions.