Political Science

We are one of the top-ranked programs for the study of political science and international relations in the region with a reputation for excellence in research and teaching.

Political Science

Political Science, Public Policy, International Relations

We are a large group of outstanding researchers and committed teachers working on a wide range of pressing contemporary and longstanding issues in political science.

We pride ourselves on our outward-looking, inclusive and collaborative culture where respectful engagement and lively debate is actively encouraged. By studying politics and international relations at Melbourne, you will develop an understanding of politics as a vibrant, plural and diverse field of study that manifests itself in a variety of different contexts from the local to the global.

We see ourselves as promoting global citizenship and awareness in all that we do with many of our students pursuing highly successful careers in politics, government, the public service, civil activism, diplomacy and international relations in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

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Professor Sally Young
Professor Sally Young
Political science at Melbourne will expose you to the most compelling ideas about power, politics and policy at a time of rapid social and political change.

Professor Sally Young, Chair in Political Science

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Our internationally recognised research informs and enriches our teaching programs and engagement activities, which explore key issues, ideas, institutions and actors in local, national and international politics.

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Understand and explore the political, policy and social challenges of our time in Australia, the region and globally. Our programs prepare you for a career in diplomacy, government, business and not-for-profit organisations in Australia and beyond.

We teach at the undergraduate as well as the graduate coursework level into several professional programs that each offer a distinctive approach to the study of politics and the challenges of governance. We have an active cohort of graduate research students.


Graduate coursework

Graduate research

Meet our Political Science staff

Our Political Science staff are leading teachers and researchers in a range of areas including political theory, international relations, political economy, Australian politics, comparative politics, public policy, administration and management, contemporary social issues, and research methods.

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Dr Justin Alger

Lecturer in Political Science
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Dr Kim Alley

Senior Lecturer in Indigenous Studies
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Dr Jeremiah Brown

Lecturer in Public Policy
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Dr Corey Carter

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
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Dr Clayton Chin

Senior Lecturer in Political Theory
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Dr Dara Conduit

Lecturer in Political Science
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Professor Robyn Eckersley

Political Science Discipline Chair; Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor in Political Science
r.eckersley@unimelb.edu.au +61383443504
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Dr Liane Hartnett

Lecturer in Political Science (International Relations)
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Maria Katsonis

Public Policy Periodic Subject Coordinator
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Professor Adrian Little

Pro Vice Chancellor (International); Professor in Political Theory
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Professor Timothy Lynch

Professor in American Politics; Associate Dean (International) Faculty of Arts
tlynch@unimelb.edu.au +61390354059
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Associate Professor Terry MacDonald

Deputy Head of School - Research; Associate Professor in International Relations
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Professor Sarah Maddison

Professor in Political Science; Director of the Australian Centre
sarah.maddison@unimelb.edu.au +61383444552
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Associate Professor Aaron Martin

Associate Professor In Political Science Research Methods
aaron.martin@unimelb.edu.au +61383446837
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Dr Daniel McCarthy

Senior Lecturer in International Relations
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Dr Michael McGann

Senior Lecturer in Political Science
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Dr Sara Meger

Lecturer in International Relations
sara.meger@unimelb.edu.au +61390358287
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Dr James Murphy

Lecturer in Political Science - Teaching Specialist
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Dr Evgeny Postnikov

Senior Lecturer in International Relations
evgeny.postnikov@unimelb.edu.au +61383441279
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Dr Simon Pratt

Lecturer in Political Science
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Dr Gonzalo Villanueva

Senior Tutor in Political Science
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Dr Tamas Wells

Research Coordinator, Myanmar Research Network
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Dr Carla Winston

Lecturer in International Relations
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Mr Ali Reza Yunespour

Internships Coordinator

Political Science honorary staff