A political analyst with expertise in electoral politics, political behaviour and political parties, Emeritus Professor Dean Jaensch AO was noted for his incisive observations on the workings of state and federal Australian governments, with an interest in political personalities in South Australia and the Northern Territory.
An engaging and dynamic teacher, Professor Jaensch lectured in politics and international studies at Flinders University from the early 1970s until his retirement in 2001.
He also distinguished himself as an academic, political historian, author, commentator and columnist, drawing on wit and wisdom to express his expertise. He was known and respected for his political columns in The Advertiser and appearances on radio and television.
Born in Kapunda in 1936, Professor Jaensch sadly passed away in Adelaide this January aged 85. He is survived by his wife Helen and three children.