Professor Joseph Siracusa

Position

Deputy Dean, Global & Language Studies

School /
Work Unit

Global, Urban and Social Studies

Contact Details

+61 3 9925 1744

joseph.siracusa@rmit.edu.au

Location

Building: 37
Level: 5
Room: 29

City Campus

College/Portfolio

Design & Social Context

Photo of Joseph Siracusa

Key activities

Joseph M. Siracusa is Professor in Human Security and International Diplomacy and Discipline Head of Global Studies in the School of Global Studies, Social Science and Planning, at RMIT University, where he is a specialist in American politics and global security. A native of Chicago and long-time resident of Australia, he studied at the University of Denver and the University of Vienna and received his PhD from the University of Colorado (Boulder). He is internationally known for his writings on nuclear history, international diplomacy, and presidential politics. Professor Siracusa is also a frequent political affairs commentator in the Australian media, including ABC Radio. He has worked at Merrill Lynch, in Boston, the University of Queensland, and for three years served as senior visiting fellow in the Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance, Griffith University where he specialized in counter-terrorism. Among his numerous books are A History of United States Foreign Policy; Depression to Cold War: A History of America from Herbert Hoover to Ronald Reagan (with David G. Coleman); Presidential Profiles: The Kennedy Years, Real-World Nuclear Deterrence: The Making of International Strategy (with David G. Coleman); Nuclear Weapons; Reagan, Bush, Gorbachev: Revisiting the End of the Cold War (with Norman A. Graebner and Richard Dean Burns); and Globalization and Human Security (with Paul Battersby).

Teaching/Work responsibilities

Lecturer:

  • International Diplomacy
  • Intercultural Conflict Resolution
  • Negotiating Trans-national Agreements
  • Global History, Technology and International Security
  • International Law and Human Rights

Research supervision

Recently completed:

  • John Wilkinson, PhD 2003 – US Strategy towards Indonesia, 1945-1965. Destination – NSW Parliamentary Library.
  • Suteera Apinyavesporn, PhD 2003 – Jimmy Carter and the Iranian Hostage Crisis. Destination – University of Thailand.
  • Peter Mauch, PhD 2003 – America’s Vision of Japan, 1941-1945. Destination – University of Kyoto.
  • Candace Karp, PhD 2002 – The US and Arab-Israeli Wars, with respect to Boundaries, Refugees and the Status of Jerusalem. Destination – United Nations/Israel.
  • Kimberley Johnston, PhD 2001 – I. Destination – Department of Defence.
  • Sonny Lee, PhD 2001 – History of the International Atomic Energy Agency. Destination – Department of Defence.

Qualifications

PhD, University of Colorado (Boulder). University Fellow.

MA, University of Denver, Denver, Colorado.

BA, University of Denver, Denver, Colorado.

University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria.

Research/Scholarship

Research Interests

International Diplomacy, Ethical and Humanitarian Intervention, International Security, Australia-United States Security issues, United Nations reform, Strategic responses to terrorism.

Publications (2003-2009)

Books (Refereed)

Globalization and Human Security, Rowman & Littlefield, 2009. (with Paul Battersby).

Reagan, Bush, Gorbachev: Revisiting the End of the Cold War, Westport, CT, Praeger Security International, 2008. (with Norman A. Graebner, Professor Emeritus, University of Virginia, and Richard Dean Burns, Professor Emeritus, California State University, Los Angeles). Pp. 180.

Nuclear Weapons: A Very Short Introduction, Very Short Introduction series, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2008, commissioned by Latha Menon, Senior Commissioning Editor, Trade Science, OUP. Pp.144.

Historical Dictionary of the Kennedy-Johnson Era, in Historical Dictionaries of U.S. Historical Eras, commissioned by series editor, Jon Woronoff, Scarecrow Press, Inc., Lanham, MD, 2007.(with Richard Dean Burns, Professor Emeritus, California State University, Los Angeles). Pp. 432.

The Politics of Nuclear Weaponry, Claremont, CA, Regina Books, 2007. (edited with Richard Dean Burns, Professor Emeritus, California State University, Los Angeles).

Pp. 352.

Real-World Nuclear Deterrence: The Making of International Strategy, Westport, CT, Praeger Security International, 2006. (with David G. Coleman, Miller Center of Public Affairs, University of Virginia). Pp. 164.

Australia Looks to America: Australian-American Relations since Pearl Harbor, Series in Guides to Contemporary Issues, edited by Richard Dean Burns, Claremont, CA, Regina Books, 2006. (with David G. Coleman, Miller Center of Public Affairs, University of Virginia). Pp. 200.

The Search for Global Security, from Sarajevo to 9/11, Claremont, CA, Regina Books, 2005. (edited with Richard Dean Burns, Professor Emeritus, California State University, Los Angeles). Pp. 368.

Presidential Profiles: The Kennedy Years, New York, Facts on File, 2004. Pp. 640.

Chapters/Entries and Online (Refereed)

“The Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty,” in The Politics of Nuclear Weaponry, eds Richard Dean Burns and Joseph M. Siracusa, Claremont, CA, Regina Books, 2007, pp. 215-43. (with Richard Dean Burns)

“Reagan Offers the Strategic Defense Initiative,” in The Politics of Nuclear Weaponry, eds., Richard Dean Burns and Joseph M. Siracusa, Claremont, CA, Regina Books, 2007, pp. 245-72. (with Richard Dean Burns)

“Partisan Politics & Missile Defense Priorities,” in The Politics of Nuclear Weaponry, eds., Richard Dean Burns and Joseph M. Siracusa, Claremont, CA., Regina Books, 2007, pp. 273-305. (with Richard Dean Burns)

“George W. Bush Orders Deployment,” in The Politics of Nuclear Weaponry, eds., Richard Dean Burns and Joseph M. Siracusa, Claremont, CA, Regina Books, 2007, pp. 307-36. (with Richard Dean Burns)

“John Howard, 9/11 and the Search for Australian Security,” Praeger Security International Online, pp.23.

Wilsonianism & Imperial Germany,” in The Search for Global Security, from Sarajevo to 9/11, eds. Richard Dean Burns and Joseph M. Siracusa, Claremont, CA, Regina Books, 2005, pp. 52-83.

“The Night Stalin and Churchill Divided Europe: A Case Study in Realpolitik,” in The Search for Global Security, from Sarajevo to 9/11, eds. Richard Dean Burns and Joseph M. Siracusa, Claremont, CA, Regina Books, 2005, pp. 104-132.

“The Father of Containment: George Frost Kennan versus Frank Roberts,” in The Search for Global Security, from Sarajevo to 9/11, eds. Richard Dean Burns and Joseph M. Siracusa, Claremont, CA, Regina Books, 2005, pp. 135-58.

“NSC 68: The Case for Cold War Rearmament,” in The Search for Global Security, from Sarajevo to 9/11, eds. Richard Dean Burns and Joseph M. Siracusa, Claremont, CA, Regina Books, 2005, pp. 159-88.

“The ANZUS Treaty,” in The Search for Global Security, from Sarajevo to 9/11, eds. Richard Dean Burns and Joseph M. Siracusa, Claremont, CA, Regina Books, 2005, pp. 189-204.

“All the Way with LBJ” The Origins of Australian Involvement in Vietnam,” in The Search for Global Security, from Sarajevo to 9/11, Richard Dean Burns and Joseph M. Siracusa, Claremont, CA, Regina Books, 2005, pp. 205-222.

“Nuclear Deterrence, from Hiroshima to Monica Lewinsky,” in The Search for Global Security, from Sarajevo to 9/11, eds. Richard Dean Burns and Joseph M. Siracusa, Claremont, CA, Regina Books, 2005, 285-312.

Articles (Refereed)

“Overview of International Arguments on Nuclear Weapon and Nuclear Proliferation,” International Studies of Social Sciences, (Commissioned by the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences), 11 (2007), pp. 265-274.

“John Howard, Australia, and the Coalition of the Willing,” Yale Journal of International Affairs,1, No. 2 (Winter-Spring 2006), pp. 39-49.

“The ANZUS Treaty Revisited,” Security Challenges, 1, No. 1 (November 2005), pp. 89-104.

Accomplishments/Achievements

Awards

  • Doctoral Thesis, "New Left Diplomatic Histories and Historians," nominated for the Allan Nevin's Prize of the Society of American Historians, Best-Written Dissertation in American History
  • Nominated and Short-listed for the University of Queensland Excellence in Teaching Award, 1990, 1995, and 1997-99. (145 Completed Honours)
  • Nominated and Short-listed for the University of Queensland Award for Excellence in Research Higher Degree Supervision, 2000 and 2001. (24 completed PhDs to date)