Benjamin Cherry-Smith

Benjamin Cherry-Smith

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

School of Social Sciences

Faculty of Arts

Benjamin Cherry-Smith is a current PhD candidate in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Adelaide. He is currently researching the impact of the US-Australia Alliances' on Australian foreign policy and approach to the Indo-Pacific and Antarctic regions.

Benjamin has previously completed a research Masters at the University of the Sunshine Coast. He has also completed a Master of International Relations by coursework and Bachelor of Government and International Relations at Griffith University and a Graduate Diploma of Public Policy at the University of Tasmania.

My research is focused on understanding how a state's culture and identity contribute to and impact state policy development, articulation, and implementation. Specifically, I employ an ontological security lens examining how language is deployed to convey policy priorities. My research is principally focused on historic and contemporary Australian foreign and security policy and American policy and political communication. Along these lines, my PhD thesis investigates how the US-Australia Alliance has shaped Australia's foreign policy development and approach to the Indo-Pacific and Antarctic regions.

  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2018 - 2020 University of the Sunshine Coast Australia Master of Arts
    2017 - 2017 Griffith University Australia Master of International Relations
    2015 - 2016 University of Tasmania Australia Graduate Diploma of Public Policy
    2012 - 2014 Griffith University Australia Bachelor of Government and International Relations
  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2021 Cherry-Smith, B. (2021). Immigration, the “Chinese Question”, and Ontological Insecurity in Colonial Australia. Australian Journal of Politics and History.
    2020 Cherry-Smith, B. (2020). Plato's Republic: A Dialogue in Sixteen Chapters. PHILOSOPHY TODAY, 64(1), 273-274.
  • Theses

    Year Citation
    2020 Cherry-Smith, B. (2020). Anxiety as Identity: The Presence of Ontological Insecurity within the American War on Terror. (Master's Thesis, University of the Sunshine Coast).

I have been lecturing, tutoring and marking at the University of Adelaide since March 2021. I have lectured and tutored for the second-year course Australia's Security in the Indo-Pacific (POLIS2140) in Semester 2, 2021. In addition to marking for this course, I have also marked for International Security (POLIS7026 2021).   

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