Dr Matt Killingsworth joined the School of Government in 2010. Before coming to UTAS, he taught international relations at the University of Melbourne, Monash University and LaTrobe University. He introduces first year students to international relations as well as the changing nature of war for second and third year students.
“Teaching international relations at UTAS is extraordinarily rewarding. There is a perception of Tasmania as being removed from the world; that what happens outside of Tasmania and Australia doesn’t really matter. But in fact, the teaching that we do in the international relations program shows students how interconnected the world is; how for example a war in sub-Saharan Africa might challenge ways we think about migration and immigration, how humanitarian intervention in Libya might effect the stability of the Middle East or how a change of President in the United States might effect Australia’s relationship with China.
“It’s wonderful experience to witness students starting to appreciate how complex and exciting international politics is and gain insight into the forces shaping the world in which we live.
“I get such satisfaction from hearing about the diverse and exciting careers that our students go into, everything from state and federal governments, foreign affairs and the United Nations, to working for NGO’s and multinational corporations.
Each week, Matt provides an expert opinion on issues surrounding world politics for 936ABC radio Hobart’s Statewide Mornings program.
”The radio also gives me an opportunity to talk about important events in international politics, again, giving people in Tasmania an idea that they are part of something beyond Tasmania. I’d like to hope that I bring that same enthusiasm and knowledge from my work on the radio to my teaching at UTAS”.
Authorised by the Dean, Faculty of Arts
9 March, 2012