Ms Kirsty McLaren

BA(Hons) (ANU); MPhil (ANU)
Research Associate and PhD candidate
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Political Science 1606

Research interests

  • Social movements
  • Gender and politics
  • Protest event analysis
  • Liberian politics
  • Indigenist theory and Indigenous higher education.



  • 2012-ongoing: PhD candidate, School of Politics and International Relations, ANU (ANU Australian Postgraduate Award)
  • 2008-ongoing: Research Associate, Mapping the Australian Women's Movement, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU


  • 2010-2015: Tutor and guest lecturer, Crawford School of Public Policy, College of Asia and the Pacific - Comparative Government and Politics (POGO8012), with a focus on critical and international perspectives on democracy
  • 2010-2013: Convenor, Research Pathways and Enrichment program, Tjabal Indigenous Higher Education Centre, ANU. Included developing and convening seminar series on Indigenous knowledge, Indigenous perspectives and the academy, under a Vice-Chancellor's Teaching Enhancement Grant (2011). For more detail see our nomination for a Vice-Chancellor's Award for Programs that Enhance Student Learning (link below).

ANU Award for Excellence in Tutoring (in recognition of work at the Crawford School and the Tjabal Centre), 2012


  • 2012-2014: Graduate student representative, International Political Science Association Research Committee on Gender Politics and Policy
  • 2011: Co-convenor, Women’s Advancement in Australian Political Science, Australian Political Studies Association workshop, hosted by ANU

Researcher's projects

  • Radicalism and working for government: intersections between social movements and the Liberian state (PhD thesis)
  • Mapping the Australian Women's Movement (Research Associate)

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