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 programs will 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
Daniel Fazio
 MAThe last print media war: Three case studies of American Press coverage of the Korean War, 1950-53
Judith Francis
 MANorfolk County, a terrestrial paradise transformed: The agricultural development and the social wellbeing of a rural community in Ontario, 1790-1930
Peta Smith
 PhDPersuasion 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
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
Josh Balfour PhD Inconsistent oversight: the unsettled balance of responsibility for major weapons programs in the United States Congress
Robert Bria PhD War and the politics of race: Harlem and the Great War, 1914-1920
Nathan Church PhD The Christian conservative agenda: from the election of Ronald Reagan to George W. Bush
Carol Ellis PhD A question of morality: public opinions and social values in the United States and Australia, 1950 – the present
Roderick Essery PhD The Cheroke Nation in the late 19th century
Daniel Fazio PhD US-Australian relations during the Korean War, 1950-53
Jane Goodwin PhD September 11, The War on Terror, and the response from American television shows
Penny Gregory PhD Social science and social criticism in the US, Canada and Australia, 1970-1990
Sarah John PhD Regulating a monopoly political power: a study of why political parties relinquish power in Australia, United States, Canada and New Zealand
Damian Lataan PhD The New American Century: US foreign relations and the rise of neo-conservatism from Ronald Reagan to George W. Bush
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