Victoria Mason holds a joint position between CAIS and the School of Politics and International Relations, CASS, ANU. She joins CAIS from her previous position at Lancaster University, UK, where she taught Politics and International Relations of the Middle East and Human Rights in International Relations. Dr Mason has numerous publications including an edited book, several book chapters and a number of journal articles published in the International Journal of Law, Journal of Intercultural Studies and the Journal of Sociology. Her Middle East research focuses on the Palestinian question, conflict and conflict resolution in the Middle East (particularly Israel-Palestine and Iraq) and human rights issues in the region. Her wider human rights research includes projects on state violence, the treatment of refugees, and issues of Islamophobia and anti-Arab discrimination in the West. Dr Mason is an associate member of the Richardson Institute for Peace and Conflict Research in the UK and is involved with the International State Crime Initiative run by Kings College London, Harvard and Hull Universities.