After completing an undergraduate degree at The University of Melbourne, Kerri moved to Japan to teach English in the JET Programme. This adventure sparked her current interest in International Relations, as she spent three years in Okinawa Prefecture learning about the issues concerning the US military forces stationed there. The protest movement started gaining momentum in her final year there, and heavily influenced her decision to apply for the GSIA program at ANU so that she could understand the context behind it and the other political developments in Northeast Asia.
In July 2011, Kerri completed the Master of Arts (International Relations), before spending one semester tutoring for two undergraduate subjects in the Department and working as an intern at the National Office of the Australian Institute of International Affairs. Her Master’s thesis, titled ‘Agreement without Implementation: Okinawan Politics, the US–Japan Alliance and the Futenma Airbase Stalemate’, examined how domestic politics has been able to stall the implementation of the agreements to relocate an airbase located in a crowded city area to a more rural location in the north of Okinawa. In particular, her analysis focused on the inadequacy of current theories in accounting for the effects of domestic politics on international agreements. Kerri is looking to expand on this idea for her dissertation.