Emeritus Professor Brian Stoddart concluded his formal academic career by serving as Vice-Chancellor and President of La Trobe University. He undertook his first two degrees at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, where he developed his interests in India before obtaining a PhD from the University of Western Australia, focusing on nationalist politics in South India.
Following his publication Brian became an international pioneer in the study of sports history and culture and soon moved into senior university management positions. Professor Stoddart now works as an international consultant on higher education reform, and is currently Chief Technical Adviser to the Department of Higher Education in Cambodia for a project funded by the World Bank. Previous similar missions have been in Lao PDR, Jordan and Syria. Brian Stoddart has also consulted to universities in Australia, Malaysia and the UK on strategic planning and international development.
He now combines that work with research and writing, and continues his long interest in India. Brian Stoddart has also been a frequent contributor to public debate on international affairs and sports culture, being a regular radio commentator and opinion writer in both Australia and overseas, including India where he has written for Tehelka, Times of India, Financial Times, Outlook India and other publications. He is now a regular blog contributor to South Asia Masala as well as to other blogs and social media sites.