Associate Professor of Politics
My teaching and research begins with enduring political questions about sovereignty, citizenship and political community. I am interested in the transformation of these things in relation to displacement, mobility, borders, and the global governance of migration. I also have interests in spatiality and temporality in world politics and in critical and post-colonial approaches to International Relations. My recent work has focused on the governmentality of Migration Management in the Indonesian context and I am working on a new project that examines conceptual starting points for Migration and Mobilities research.
Before joining The New School, I was based at Monash University as a Lecturer in Politics and International Relations and prior to that I was a postdoctoral research fellow in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, RMIT University, Melbourne.
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
“Hospitality as a Horizon of Aspiration (or, What the International Refugee Regime Can Learn from Acehnese Fishermen).” Journal of Refugee Studies, 2018. DOI.org/10.1093/jrs/fey014 (co-authored with Antje Missbach)
"Luxury Limbo: Temporal techniques of border control and the humanitarianisation of waiting" International Journal of Migration and Border Studies, 4(2), 2018 (co-authored with Antje Missbach).
"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 (co-authored with Antje Missbach and Deddy Mulyana).
“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.
Independent Study (Spring 2020)
Transnational Border Lab (Spring 2020)