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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

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

Academic staff

Dr Bryce Edwards 
New Zealand politics, public policy, public management, political finance

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dr Chris Rudd
Politics of the media

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

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

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Emeritus professor

Professor Jim Flynn

Honorary staff

Dr Najibullah Lafraie

General staff

Melanie Taurarii
Administrative Assistant

Kate Davis
Department Administrator

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