Postgraduate studies in American Studies may be pursued through programs of study leading to an MA or PhD in areas of research. The University's Courses and programswill provide formal course details and admission requirements.

An MA by research normally requires a thesis of not more than 60,000 words prepared under the supervision of American Studies staff and presented after the equivalent of at least one year of full-time study.

A PhD requires a thesis of not more than 100,000 words, presented after at least two, and normally three years.

Recently completed Research Higher Degree students

Student Degree Field of study
Josh Balfour PhD Inverted Oversight: How Congressional Appropriators displaced authorizers in determining the fate of major weapon programs, 2001-2006
Carol Ellis PhD Polls Apart?
Daniel Fazio  MA The last print media war: Three case studies of American Press coverage of the Korean War, 1950-53
Judith Francis  MA Norfolk County, a terrestrial paradise transformed: The agricultural development and the social wellbeing of a rural community in Ontario, 1790-1930
Damian Lataan PhD The New American Century: Neoconservatives and their Influence on US Foreign Policy in the Middle East, 2000-2010
Peta Smith  PhD Persuasion and consent: Using the 1993-94 health reform debate to develop a descriptive theory of policy reform

Current postgraduate students

Student Degree Field of study
Martin Bailey MA Funding and regulation of political money in the United States: Campaign contributions from the Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate Sector (FIRE) to members of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services, 2006-2010
Roderick Essery PhD The Cheroke Nation in the late 19th century
Daniel Fazio PhD US-Australian relations during the Korean War, 1950-53
Sarah John PhD Regulating a monopoly political power: a study of why political parties relinquish power in Australia, United States, Canada and New Zealand
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