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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.

Politics staff will respond to emails only during business hours Monday-Friday.

For a complete listing of staff phone and email contacts for the Department of Politics please visit the University of Otago phone book.

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
Student Exchange Advisor
Course Advisor

Jim 2016

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

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


Nicholas 2017

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

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
The political economy of inequality, corruption and development, foreign policies of emerging powers, ethics and international relations
PhD Coordinator

Robert 2017

Professor Robert Patman
US foreign policy, international relations, global security, great powers and the Horn of Africa
MIntSt Director

Brian 2016

Associate Professor Brian Roper
New Zealand politics, political economy, social inequality, gender and feminism, Marxism, history and theories of democracy
Kaiāwhina for Māori and Pacific Island students

Chris 2016

Dr Chris Rudd
Politics of the media
PPE Representative
DipGrad Advisor

Vicki 2016

Associate Professor Vicki Spencer
On Research and Study leave from 1 July 2017 to 3 February 2018
Contemporary political theory, multiculturalism, toleration, the politics of recognition, humility, comparative political theory, feminist theory, History of Ideas including J. G. Herder, the Enlightenment, John Locke.

Lena 2016

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

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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

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Shelley Morgan
Department Administrator

Malle 2017

Malle Whitcombe
Administrative Assistant

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