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Emma Shortis

Emma Shortis

Research Fellow, RMIT University
I’m a historian and writer focused on the history and politics of the United States. I use my expertise in history to interpret and explain what is happening in America today, and what it means for Australia, in a compassionate and accessible way. In a conversation dominated by the same voices, I offer a fresh perspective on the United States grounded in moral questions about how we might imagine a post-American future.

My first book, Our Exceptional Friend: Australia’s Fatal Alliance with the United States, was published by Hardie Grant in August 2021. I also co-host RMIT’s popular history podcast, Barely Gettin’ By, with my friend Dr Chloe Ward.

I’m a regular guest on ABC radio and television and programs like Triple RRR’s Uncommon Sense. I’ve appeared on ABC’s The Drum, Channel 9’s Today Show, and ABC podcasts like Russia, If You’re Listening and The Signal. I write regularly for popular outlets including ABC News Online and the Sydney Morning Herald. In 2020, I was named RMIT’s Media Commentator of the year.

I’m currently a Research Fellow at RMIT. Before that, I spent a year in the United States as the Fox-Zucker International Fellow at Yale University, where I finished writing my PhD in History. My academic research focuses on the history of global climate policy and global environmental governance, and the role of the United States in the world.

Global Geopolitics Series

How will US foreign policy affect Joe Biden’s chances of re-election in November?

Apr 22, 2024 03:28 am UTC| Insights & Views Politics

When big questions about American foreign policy collide with an election, its rarely good news for a sitting president. Like many leaders before him, US President Joe Biden has had some of these questions thrust on...

US Election Series

Who will Trump pick as his running mate?

Apr 01, 2024 03:45 am UTC| Insights & Views Politics

Being second in line for leadership of the most powerful country in the world is not an easy job. But for Mike Pence, vice president under Donald Trump, things were even harder than usual. As insurrectionists descended...

Some truths are self-evident: Joe Biden is too old. But who could possibly replace him?

Feb 21, 2024 10:57 am UTC| Insights & Views Politics

It is possible, in politics as in life, for several things to be true at once. It is true that Donald Trump and his plans for a second presidential administration represent an existential threat to American...

US under Trump Series

Donald Trump faces half a billion dollars of debt and several court cases. But that may not stop him from becoming president again

Feb 20, 2024 11:13 am UTC| Politics

The verdicts keep coming. On Friday US time, the three-month hearing focused on Donald Trumps business dealings in New York came to an end. Trump was ordered to pay back more than $US350 million (A$537 million), plus...

Why 'wokeness' has become the latest battlefront for white conservatives in America

Jul 04, 2023 07:40 am UTC| Politics

The day he launched his bid for the Republican nomination for the 2024 US presidential election, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis warned Fox News viewers the woke mind virus is basically a form of cultural Marxism. With...

For Joe Biden, the indictment of Donald Trump carries a heavy responsibility – and a risk

Jun 15, 2023 05:44 am UTC| Politics

In September last year, US President Joe Biden spoke to Americans from the sacred ground of Independence Hall in Philadelphia the birthplace of the Constitution of the United States. In that landmark speech, Biden warned...

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Economy

Egypt's Annual Inflation Eases to 27.1% in June Amid Declining Food Prices

Egypts annual consumer price inflation rate eased to 27.1% in June, down from 27.4% the previous month, driven by falling food prices. The Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics reported the decline as the...

China's Central Bank Poised to Cut Rates Amid Economic Uncertainty

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Key Obstacles to China's Economic Growth: Youth Unemployment and Real Estate Crisis

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Philippines' Trade Deficit Slightly Widens to $4.6 Billion in May

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Politics

Donald Trump Named George Clooney 'Fake Movie Actor' Who Never Made 'Great Movie' For Calling Joe Biden To Quit 2024 Presidential Race

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'Savior' Michelle Obama Predicted To Replace Joe Biden And Battle Against Donald Trump In 2024 Presidential Race

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Joe Biden Mixes Up Vladimir Putin and Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Latest NATO Speech, Quickly Corrects Mistake: 'You Are A H--- of a Lot Better'

While speaking at a NATO event on Thursday, July 11, President Joe Biden of the United States of America playfully rebounded from a moment in which he accidentally mixed up Vladimir Putins name with Volodymyr Zelensky, the...

Science

Study: Alcohol and Energy Drink Mix Impairs Memory and Learning in Rodents

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SpaceX to Help NASA Deorbit ISS; Starlink Lands Major Comcast Business Partnership

SpaceX will develop the U.S. Deorbit Vehicle so that NASA can safely deorbit the ISS by 2030. Meanwhile, SpaceX Starlink secures a significant partnership with Comcast Business to enhance rural connectivity. NASA Taps...

Japan Discovers 230 Million Ton Manganese Deposits, Boosting EV Battery Industry

Japan has discovered 230 million tonnes of manganese deposits near Minami-Torishima Island, potentially transforming its EV battery industry by significantly reducing reliance on imports and providing enough cobalt and...

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In the coming decade, more people will go to space than ever before as human spaceflight enters a new era. NASA, the European Space Agency and other governmental agencies are partnering to develop crewed missions beyond...

Technology

Ming-Chi Kuo: Apple to Skip iPhone 16 Camera Upgrades, Plans Major Changes for iPhone 19

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Shiba Inu Leaders Shytoshi Kusama and Kaal Dhairya Reveal SHIB Future in First-Ever Interview

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Tesla Launches Affordable Model 3 Long Range Rear-Wheel Drive at $35k

Teslas new Model 3 Long Range Rear-Wheel Drive, launching at $35,000, delivers exceptional performance with over 360 miles of range. Among Teslas electric vehicles, the new Model 3 Long Range Rear-Wheel-Drive stands out...

‘Extreme Fear’ Grips Bitcoin Index as BTC Struggles to Reach $60,000 Level

The Crypto Fear Greed Index has plunged to extreme fear, marking its lowest level since January 2023, as Bitcoin failed to sustain $60,000 for the second time. Bitcoins Price Falls Short of $60,000 Again An...
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