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Dr Stewart Firth

BA (Hons) (Sydney), MA (Hons) (ANU), D.Phil (Oxford)
Research Fellow, State, Society and Governance in Melanesia Program
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

Areas of expertise

  • Comparative Government And Politics 160603
  • Regional Analysis And Development 120505
  • International Relations 160607
  • Pacific History (Excl. New Zealand And Maori) 210313
  • Postcolonial Studies 200211
  • Government And Politics Of Asia And The Pacific 160606

Research interests

My recent research has focused on the small states and territories of the Pacific Islands. I am at present investigating the historical legacy of the colonial period in the Pacific Islands, especially the legacy of the state itself.


I have been interested in the Pacific Islands since teaching at the University of Papua New Guinea in its early years. I also taught at the University of Hawaii, and from 1998 to 2004 I was Professor of Politics at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji. In between came a couple of decades teaching politics and international relations at Macquarie University.  I co-edited The 2006 Military Takeover in Fiji: a coup to end all coups?, ANU E Press, Canberra, 2009, and wrote Australia in International Politics: an introduction to Australian foreign policy, 3rd edn, Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 2011. I teach POLS2055 Pacific Politics.


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