Cynthia Banham

Cynthia Banham is a writer, a lawyer, a mother of one. She grew up in Sydney, where the rest of her family – her parents and three siblings – still live. She worked there as a solicitor and later a journalist. She met her husband, Michael, who is from Melbourne, while working in Canberra. They were both journalists at the time, and bonded over a love of marathon running, beer and karaoke.

Cynthia has a Master in International Affairs and a Doctor of Philosophy in Regulation, Justice and Diplomacy. Her first book, Liberal Democracies and the Torture of Their Citizens, based on her PhD, was published by Hart Publishing in 2017. She currently works as a teacher and researcher at the University of Queensland, in the School of Political Science and International Studies. Her current project is about political accountability and asylum seekers and refugees.

Cynthia’s loves are: family, writing, Trieste, the ocean, Australian rules football, cold weather, proteas and eggplant. She is an ambassador for the Sydney Swans Football Club.

Her second book, a family memoir, will be published by Allen & Unwin in 2018.

Cynthia lives in Canberra with her husband, Michael, son, Leo, and dog, Watson.