Dr Tom Chodor

Tom Chodor is a Lecturer in Politics and International Relations in the School of Social Sciences. Prior to joining Monash, he was the UQ Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Queensland, and a Lecturer in the School of Sociology at the Australian National University. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Auckland, and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and PhD from the Australian National University.

Tom’s research interests are in the areas of International Political Economy, International Relations, globalisation and global governance. In particular, he is interested in the struggles over consent and hegemony within the neoliberal world order, and the transformative possibilities that emerge from such struggles. In his previous research project, he explored these themes in the Latin American context, in particular examining the ‘Pink Tide’ of leftist governments elected throughout the region since 1998, and their transformative and emancipatory potentials.

His current research agenda explores these themes at the global level, by examining the transformations in the global political economy brought about by the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) and the ‘Rise of the South’: the emergence of Rising Powers from the Global South, especially the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa). In particular, he is working on two distinct but related projects. Firstly, he is examining the emergence of far right populism across the Western world as a result of the social dislocations brought about by the GFC and the neoliberal project of the past 30 years. His second project is concerned with the struggles over the socialisation of the Rising Powers into the global governance order, with a particular focus on the attempts to construct a new consensus on the governance of the global economy between global technocrats in institutions such as the G20, and transnationalised policymakers from the South.

Research Expertise:

  • International Political Economy
  • Globalisation
  • Rising Powers/BRICS
  • Global Governance
  • Development
  • Far Right Populism
  • International Relations Theory
  • Critical Theory
  • Latin American Politics
  • Politics of the Global South