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Leading political expert named Dean of Global Futures at Curtin

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Curtin University has appointed Professor Joe Siracusa as its first Dean of Global Futures in the Faculty of Humanities.

Professor Siracusa, a leading expert in American politics, foreign policy, and international security, will lead the development of global futures, one of four capability platforms to support learning, research and partnership activities for the Faculty of Humanities.

Professor Siracusa will be joining an extensive existing team at Curtin that includes five recently appointed global futures professors positioning Curtin as a nation-leading institution in the field.

Curtin’s Faculty of Humanities Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Richard Blythe said he was excited to welcome Professor Siracusa, who has been dedicated to Australian higher education and research for more than four decades.

“Professor Siracusa is internationally renowned as a highly accomplished researcher, educator, author and media commentator,” Professor Blythe said.

“His areas of expertise include important and globally-relevant topics such as the history of American presidential politics and foreign policy, nuclear weapons and nuclear non-proliferation, international security and diplomacy and the war on terror.

“Curtin is honoured to welcome Professor Siracusa to lead this important new development in the faculty as the next chapter in his long and very distinguished career.”

Professor Siracusa said he felt inspired at taking on such a vital role and looked forward to leading the development and execution of University and faculty plans to amplify and deliver solutions to urgent world challenges.

“Curtin University and its Faculty of Humanities have excellent reputations for word-class research, teaching and outreach, all of which I intend to further foster through my new role as Dean,” Professor Siracusa said.

“I look forward to working closely with teaching and research staff, students, industry and stakeholders to build on this success.”

Professor Siracusa has supervised to completion 40 PhDs and more than 150 Masters and Honours students, regularly presents at international conferences and has volunteered his time to lecture at high schools.

President Emeritus of Australia’s Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, he has also authored and co-authored over 30 books including America and the Cold War, 1941-1991: A Realist Interpretation, which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in History.

Professor Siracusa is a regular commentator in the media in Australia and globally for both commercial and public broadcasters and has been widely interviewed and written extensively on international diplomacy, foreign policy, terrorism, great power competition, and nuclear non-proliferation.

For more information about Curtin’s Faculty of Humanities, visit here.

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