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Imagine, if you will, a young American scholar straight from the deepest, darkest depths of winter in Minnesota. Associate Professor Jeremy Youde steps off the plane into 45 degrees, straight from a sub zero snow day on the other side of the world. Like any good academic in a new job, he heads straight to his office in the Department of International Relations in the Bell School, to settle into the next three years at ANU.
Jeremy arrived at ANU in 2016, keen to take up a position as Associate Professor, drawing on his research into the politics of global health. Jeremy taught several courses over the course of his time at ANU, developing a reputation as an engaged, passionate teacher. He also contributed deeply to the life of the school. But Jeremy also produced a range of top quality work whilst at ANU, including a book, Global Health Governance in International Society, all while leading the Global Health section of the International Studies Association and displaying an excellent collection of bow ties.
So did Canberra manage to charm Dr Youde? Or was he forever scarred by the meteorological whiplash of that first day? Well, luckily for us, Jeremy loved his time in Canberra. A keen runner, he found an instant community and an immediate way to see the best of the garden city. And Jeremy ended up living at the base of Mount Ainslie, the best place to live if you want an echidna to tumble across the backyard, or to see mobs of kangaroos eyeing you suspiciously as you jog by. Jeremy found Canberra a friendly, easy city, just the right size.
Jeremy also loved his time at ANU, finding it rewarding and a great introduction to Australian academia. He vaguely knew what to expect, having an excellent Australian network from his time working on global health studies. But he was pleasantly surprised by the collegial, collaborative approach he found at ANU. He found the research environment to be excellent, and the International Relations Department to be extremely friendly and welcoming. Jeremy also took on the role of Deputy Director of Education for the Bell School and invested a lot of energy into the experiences our students receive while studying here, from running hypothetical security scenarios, to welcoming them in O Week with Bob (his cranky dinosaur) who reminds students to take care of yourself, and each other.
Jeremy sees his contribution to curriculum development as one of the most significant parts of his time at ANU – he sat on a curriculum development committee which substantially redesigned some of the masters programs in the School.
But the US has been calling Jeremy home – his family, partner and dog are all there, and when he was offered a plum job as Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota, Duluth from which he came to ANU, well, he couldn’t resist. So after one last run around the lake, a fond goodbye to the kangaroos, and a pizza lunch with colleagues, Associate Professor Youde left us for the frozen North. Although he is looking forward to a good, long summer and lots of catchups with family and friends, he admits he is looking forward to a Minnesota winter. As he explains it, Minnesota is set up for extreme weather, and everybody gets out and about and enjoys the deep snowdrifts – there are festivals and winter sports to look forward to, and even winter running. Winter running? Yes. And by that Jeremy doesn’t mean the sort of frosty mornings we get here in Canberra. He means running in the snow, and even through the snow. Apparently once you get going it isn’t too bad – beard icicles and all.