Alistair gained a Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) and a Bachelor of Business degree (majoring in Management) at Monash University. He completed his PhD in 2005, entitled “Governing in a Bicameral System: Victoria 1982-1992”.
Alistair joined the School of Applied Media and Social Sciences in 2011 as a Lecturer in Criminal Justice, having spent eight years as the Member for Frankston in the Victorian Legislative Assembly.
Before entering parliament, Alistair was a sessional staff Member at the Caulfield and Clayton campuses of Monash, teaching in Australian Politics and Police Studies.
He currently teaches a number of units at undergraduate level and in the Masters of Criminology and Criminal Justice at both the Gippsland and Berwick campuses, and by distance learning and Extension Studies. Alistair is co-supervisor of three doctoral candidates. He is focussed on advancing knowledge of farm crime, and is also pursuing other research interests in both criminal justice and in political science.