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Our People

The Department of Politics is a vibrant community of experts from many different countries who take students and students’ interests seriously. Our staff are all experts in their fields, and all are actively engaged in research which enriches their teaching.

Head of Department

Janine 2016

Professor Janine Hayward
New Zealand politics, Treaty of Waitangi, environmental politics, local government, electoral systems and reform, constitutional politics

Academic staff

William 2016

Professor William Harris
Politics and history of the Levant states and Turkey, Middle East comparative and international politics

Jim 2016

Dr James Headley
Russian foreign policy, the European Union, nationalism and ethnic conflict, International Relations theory
MPols Coordinator

Iati 2016

Dr Iati Iati
On Research and Study leave from 10 July 2017 to 1 June 2018
Governance, Pacific politics, land reform, regionalism and geopolitics
Kaiāwhina for Māori and Pacific Island students
Student Exchange Advisor

Nicholas 2017

Dr Nicholas Khoo
China's foreign and security policy, international relations of Asia, International Relations theory, strategic studies, Cold War history
MIntSt Director

Carla 2016

Dr Carla Lam
Political theory, history of ideas, feminist theory, ethical debates on reproductive technology, embodiment and health, feminist studies of science and technology
Research Ethics Advisor

Philip 2017

Professor Philip Nel
Inequality and politics, emerging powers, ethics
PhD Coordinator
Research Seminar Coordinator

Robert 2017

Professor Robert Patman
On Research and Study leave from 3 January to 2 July 2017
US foreign policy, international relations, global security, great powers and the Horn of Africa

Brian 2016

Associate Professor Brian Roper
New Zealand politics, political economy, social inequality, gender and feminism, Marxism, history and theories of democracy
PPE Representative

Chris 2016

Dr Chris Rudd
Politics of the media

Vicki 2016

Associate Professor Vicki Spencer
On Research and Study leave from 1 July 2017 to 3 February 2018
Political theory: multiculturalism, toleration, J.G. Herder, the Enlightenment
MPols Coordinator

Lena 2016

Dr Lena Tan
Postcolonialism, International Relations theory, constructivism, identity, Indonesia, US foreign policy
MA Coordinator

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Emeritus Professor

JimF 2016

Professor Jim Flynn
Emeritus Professor, Joint Department of Psychology

Honorary staff

Najib 2016

Dr Najibullah Lafraie

General staff

Kate 2016

Kate Davis
Department Administrator

Melanie 2016

Melanie Taurarii
Administrative Assistant

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