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Professor Joseph M. Siracusa: President
Joseph is the Deputy Dean (Global and Language Studies) at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University. Born and raised in Chicago, he studied at the University of Denver and the University of Vienna and received his PhD from the University of Colorado (Boulder). He is internationally known for his writings on the history of nuclear weapons, diplomacy, and global security. He is also a frequent political affairs commentator in the Australian media, including ABC Radio and Television. He has worked at Merrill Lynch, in Boston and New York, the University of Queensland (Brisbane), and for three years served as a visiting fellow in the Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance, Griffith University (Brisbane) where he specialized in issues related to nuclear non-proliferation and counter-terrorism. Among his numerous books are included: Real-World Nuclear Deterrence: The Making of International Strategy, with David G. Coleman (Praeger Security International, 2006); Reagan, Bush, Gorbachev: Revisiting the End of the Cold War, with Norman A. Graebner and Richard Dean Burns (Praeger, 2008); Nuclear Weapons: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2008); Globalization & Human Security, with Paul Battersby (Rowman & Littlefield, 2009); America and the Cold War, 1941-1991: A Realist Interpretation, 2 vols., with Norman A. Graebner and Richard Dean Burns (Praeger, 2010); Diplomacy: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2010); A Global History of the Nuclear Arms Race: Weapons, Strategy, and Politics, 2 vols., with Richard Dean Burns (Praeger, 2013); American Foreign Relations since Independence, with Richard Dean Burns and Jason C. Flanagan ( Praeger, 2013); The Death Penalty and U. S. Diplomacy, with Wesley Kendall (Rowman & Littlefield, 2013); and A History of U. S. Nuclear Testing and its Influence on Nuclear Thought, 1945-1963, with David Blades (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014).
Dr Helen Sykes AM: Vice President
Helen is the Director of Future Leaders, President of the Trust for Young Australians, Chair of The Australian Collaboration, Associate of Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, Member of the Future Justice Executive and Summit Governor of the Hillary Institute. She has published and edited many books.
Sarah Blatchford: Secretary
Sarah is the Regional Director of Routledge/Taylor & Francis Australasia. She graduated from the University of Exeter with Combined Honours in French and German in 1989, and began her career as Nuclear Business Analyst with the UK Atomic Energy Authority (AEA) under its prestigious graduate management training program. She entered into academic publishing when she joined Blackwell Scientific Publications in Oxford in 1993 to undertake marketing of the company’s scientific, technical and medical textbook program. Although her studies encompassed literature and linguistics, Sarah’s career, with the AEA, Blackwell and now with Routledge/Taylor & Francis, has required high levels of adaptability to work with scientists, academics and learned societies across the subject spectrum. When she joined Taylor & Francis in Melbourne 2003, the company published 25 journals edited from Australasia; this has now built to a publishing program of 90 ANZ journals, each providing an important forum for the publication of research in its respective field. Most of the company’s journals are in the Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences, and Sarah has worked tirelessly to build the Australasian program, providing through Routledge’s excellent publishing services, local support on local time for its ANZ-based journal editors whilst enabling them to enjoy all the benefits of working with an international publishing company. She is Convenor of the Scholarly & Journals Committee (SJC) of the APA, holds a seat on the Board of Directors of the Australian Publishers Association, and brings extensive experience of the business & industry and academic & research sectors through her career spanning twenty five years.
Professor Jason Jacobs
Jason is the Head of the School of Communication and Arts at The University of Queensland. He has an international reputation as a historian of television drama, its institutions, technology and aesthetics. He has taught film and television studies at the University of East Anglia, the University of Warwick, and Griffith University. His first book, The Intimate Screen (Oxford University Press, 2000) is a pioneering study of early television drama; his second book Body Trauma TV (British Film Institute, 2003) explores the aesthetics of the hospital drama in relation to the contemporary cultural imagination. More recently he published Deadwood (Palgrave Macmillan/British Film Institute, 2012), as part of the BFI TV Classics series. He is currently working on an Australian Research Council funded project called ’The Persistence of Television: How the Medium Adapts to Survive in the Digital World’, and is writing a book on David Milch, the author of Deadwood (Manchester University Press), and another about film noir called Reluctant Sleuths, True Detectives (SUNY).
Associate Professor Jo Lindsay
Jo is a sociologist in the School of Social Sciences at Monash University. As past President of The Australian Sociological Association (TASA), she has a long-term connection with the association. At Monash, Jo leads the Research Impact Portfolio in the School of Social Sciences and is on the executive of Monash Infrastructure institute. Her research focuses on the sociology of families, consumption and the environment. Her books include Consuming Families: Buying, making, producing family life in the 21st century (2013) with JaneMaree Maher and Families, Relationships and Intimate life (2014) with Deborah Dempsey.
Professor Julian Meyrick
Julian is Strategic Professor of Creative Arts at Flinders University. He is a theatre historian and cultural policy analyst, as well as an award-winning theatre director. Previously he was Associate Director and Literary Advisor at Melbourne Theatre Company, where he was responsible for establishing Hard Lines, a new play development programme. He has published widely on the Australian theatre, culture, and cultural policy. He is currently Chief Investigator on two ARC Linkage Projects: AusStage Phase 5 (LE140100024) and Laboratory Adeclaide: Accounting for Culture’s Value in the Arts, Cultural Organisations and Events (LP140100802). Julian is Artistic Counsel for the State Theatre Company of South Australia and a member of the Currency House editorial board. The Retreat of Our National Drama, his second Currency House Platform Paper, was published in 2014.