Dr Stewart Firth
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
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.