Dr Richard W. Frank

Senior Lecturer
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Political Science 1606
  • International Relations 160607
  • Comparative Government And Politics 160603

Research interests

Civil conflict, election violence, human trafficking, and peace studies


Dr Frank’s research centers on the domestic effects of international politics and the causes of political violence and human trafficking.

Available student projects

Dr. Frank is keen to supervise PhD and honours theses on theoretically and normatively important topics related to his research interests (see above). Potential students should email Dr. Frank with a draft research proposal.

For guidance in putting together a proposal, please see https://www.anu.edu.au/students/academic-skills/research-writing/research-proposals.

For information about degree options, funding opportunities, and application deadlines, please see https://www.anu.edu.au/study/apply.

Current student projects

Ernest Akuamoah. PhD. 2022 (expected). “Electoral Turbulence and Democratic Consolidation in Africa.” (2019-2022)

Past student projects

Honours supervision

2021 (awarded). Rishona Segaran. “Maritime Piracy by African Insurgent Groups”

2015 (awarded). Robert Evered. “Securitising the Peace: Programmatic Constraints on the Reintegration of Ex-Combatants in Liberia and Sierra Leone.” (1st Class Honours).

University of New Orleans, PhD/MA supervisor
PhD. 2016 (awarded). Alfonso Sanchez (Assistant Professor at Loyola Andalucía). "What Drives African Food Riots." Co-chair with Michael Huelshoff.
PhD. 2014 (awarded). Christina Kiel (Tulane University Professor of Practice). “Private Diplomats, Mediation professionals, and peace activists—Can Non-governmental Actors Bring Peace to Civil Wars?” Co-chair with Michael Huelshoff.
MA. 2013 (awarded). Robyn White. “Invisible Women: Examining the Political Economic, Cultural, and Social Factors that Lead to Human Trafficking and Sexual Slavery of Young Girls and Women.”
MA. 2010 (awarded). Jennifer Dumas (adjunct lecturer at Tulane University). “Gender Inequality and Terrorism: An Analysis of the Effects of Socioeconomic Gender Inequality on Terrorism.” 



Projects and Grants

Grants information is drawn from ARIES. To add or update Projects or Grants information please contact your College Research Office.

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Updated:  21 April 2024 / Responsible Officer:  Director (Research Services Division) / Page Contact:  Researchers