The seeds of Anthony’s academic career in Political Science and International Relations were sown early. As a year 11 student he lived in Canberra, where he experienced the 200th anniversary of Australian colonial settlement and a national constitutional referendum – he has great memories of his year 11 politics teacher pushing students to think politically!
"I come from a background where social justice and the wellbeing of others was a formative ethos", he explains. "All of these elements together sparked an interest in studying politics."
A quarter of a century later, Anthony's scholarship on human rights is widely recognised internationally including two stints as a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Advanced International Theory (CAIT), at the University of Sussex, and at the Centre for International Studies (London School of Economics and Political Science).
One of the highlights of Anthony's career was a recently ended five-year involvement with the INU Hiroshima Summer School on Global Citizenship and Peace and its United Nations simulation, a program through which students from around the world came and worked together intensively, often with life altering consequences.
"Inequality, oppression, disadvantage and discrimination riddle the worlds, and make life a dark misery for countless numbers of people," says Anthony. "And then there are those who fight to change this- through activism, politics and the law, education and research, and a great many by simply helping the person next to them in need. These people are truly inspiring."
Passionate and philosophical, he is an engaging teacher, inspiring students to understand the world, challenge themselves and change this for the better. "As a human rights theorist, it's always a thrill when my students directly engage with questions of human wellbeing" he enthuses.
Anthony's current research focus is the different political and social responses to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender and queer rights claims in the Southeast Asian region.