Dr Matthew Kerby

BA (Concordia), MA (Carleton) Ph.D. (Dublin)
Senior Lecturer
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
T: +61 2 6125 1806

Areas of expertise

  • Comparative Government And Politics 160603
  • Political Science 1606

Research interests

  • Political elites
  • Westminster parliamentary systems
  • Ministerial careers
  • Canadian politics
  • Irish politics



Matthew Kerby is a senior lecturer in the School of Politics and International Relations at the Australian National University where he researches and teaches courses on political elites and methods.

Researcher's projects

I am currently working on a number of research projects. I encourage prospective students to contact me if they are interested in researching related topics at the HDR and honours levels.

  1. I am working with Alex Marland, Mireile Lalancette and Jared Wesley on a SSHRC-funded project to examine the way that media interprets and portrays party switching and party switchers.
  2. I am working on a SSHRC-funded project led by Jennifer Curtin and Linda Trimble that examines the career paths and media portrayle of female premiers in the Canadian provinces and Australian states.
  3. I am working with Feodor Snagovnsky and Marija Taflaga on a project that explores the electorability of parliamentary/ministerial staffers.
  4. Keith Dowding, Jennifer Curtin and I are researching intra-election ministerial promotion and demotion in Westminster parliamentary systems
  5. Rosalind Raddatz and I are conducting research on violence against refugee children in Kenya
  6. Feodor Snagovsky and I are working on research that empirically establishes links between political career typologies and post ministerial/political careers.


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