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Clark Center Opens Applications for 2016-17 Clark Scholars!

The Clark Center is accepting applications for next year’s Clark Scholars.  Clark Scholars assist the Center with its research efforts, and they conduct original research projects of their own.  They may receive funding to conduct fieldwork in Australia or New Zealand. Clark Scholars are required to enroll in a two-semester sequence of classes as part of the J.J. Pickle Undergraduate Research Fellows Program and in a fall-semester course on Australian politics.

Participation is open to students with a GPA of 3.5 or higher who in the fall of 2016 will be entering their sophomore, junior, or senior year and who are enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts or Plan II Honors Program at UT-Austin.

An application consists the following:  a resume; a copy of a transcript that includes grades from the fall 2015 semester; a cover letter that explains why you’re interested in serving as a Clark Scholar and what you hope to gain from the program; and a list of three academic references with contact details for each.  Submit these materials by email to Dr. Rhonda Evans at by Tuesday, April 12 at 5:00 pm.

The Clark Center Welcomes Miguel Alejandro Híjar-Chiapa!

Miguel Alejandro Híjar-Chiapa, a graduate student in the Pacific Studies Department at the University of Guadalajara, will arrive in Austin on February 25 to spend several months as a Visiting Scholar at the Clark Center. He will be researching how Australian, Canadian, and New Zealand state identities have adjusted to the rise of China.  Miguel received a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the University of the Valley of Atemajac, Mexico.  He is a member of the executive board of the academic journal México y la Cuenca del Pacífico (Mexico and the Pacific Basin) and served from 2013 to 2015 as Executive Coordinator for the Latin American Network of Canadian Studies. Miguel’s main research interests include the history and politics of Australia, the United Kingdom, Canada, Ireland, and New Zealand as well as international relations.  Beyond academia, Miguel enjoys writing poetry, singing, acting, and playing guitar. He authored a book of poetry book entitled Advertencia: enamórese bajo su propio riesgo (Warning: fall in love at your own risk).

Scholars Gather in Florida for the 2016 ANZSANA Meeting

Scholars from around the world gathered February 4th through the 6th at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida for the annual meeting of the Australian and New Zealand Studies Association of North America. Rollins College, which offers its students a minor in Australian Studies, provided an ideal setting for the conference. ANZSANA’s President Krista Maglen (Assoc. Prof., Univ. of Indiana) collaborated with Hoyt Edge (Emeritus Prof.) and Denise Cummings (Assoc. Prof.), both of Rollins College, in organizing the event. 

The conference kicked off with a reception at the Alfond Inn that featured an exhibition of Australian artwork from Hoyt Edge’s private collection. Scholars from around the world presented over two-dozen papers. Among them, Clark Center Director Rhonda L. Evans and graduate student Maraam Dwidar presented their research on the High Court of Australia’s policy agenda, and John Higley, a founder of the Clark Center and now Emeritus Professor at UT-Austin, spoke about the economic and political challenges facing democracies around the world. Following dinner on Friday evening, Professor Philip Mead, the Gough Whitlam and Malcolm Fraser Visiting Professor of Australian Studies at Harvard University, delivered a talk entitled “Australia and the World: a Literary and Critical Perspective.” The dinner also featured a screening of Dawn Roe’s video art installation, “Goldfields, 2012.” Roe is an Associate Professor of Art at Rollins College.

Notable changes in ANZSANA’s leadership occurred at the 2016 meeting. ANZSANA bid farewell to Matthew Hill, a graduate student at Cornell University who had served for several years as ANZSANA’s Vice-President. Hill will return to Wellington, New Zealand in May to finish his Ph.D. and take up a position in the Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Leland Turner (Asst. Prof., Midwestern State Univ.) was elected to fill the office. Turner is a historian whose work explores parallels between Texas and Australia. 

Planning is underway for ANZSANA’s 2017 meeting, which is likely to be held in Washington, D.C.  To learn more about ANZSANA and become a member, visit

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