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Dr Peter Dean

B.A.(Hons), Grad Dip Ed, PhD (UNSW)
Fellow & Director of Studies, Strategic and Defence Studies Centre
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
T: 02 6125 1233

Areas of expertise

  • Defence Studies 160604
  • Historical Studies 2103
  • Australian History (Excl. Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander History) 210303
  • North American History 210312
  • Government And Politics Of Asia And The Pacific 160606
  • Australian Government And Politics 160601

Research interests

Australian Defence Policy and Strategy

Australian Military History

United States Military History

Second World War, in particular the South West Pacific Area 1942-1945

United States and Australian Military Cooperation

Anzus Alliance 

Amphibious Warfare

Expeditionary Warfare

Australian Strategic Culture

Military Biography


Peter Dean is a Fellow in the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre,  Senior Lecturer at the Australian Command and Staff College and the current Fulbright Scholar in Australia-United States Alliance Studies.  In 2011 he was a Research Associate at the United States Studies Centre (Sydney University) and a Visiting Fellow at the Centre For Australian and New Zealand Studies (Georgetown University, Washington DC). 

His major research and teaching interests are in Australian strategic policy, military operations and defence studies. He has published his work in journals such as Security Challenges, War & Society, Journal of the Australian War Memorial, Australian Policy and History and Global War Studies.  Peter is the author or editor of four books:  Australia's Defence: A New Era? (Melbourne University Press, 2014), The Architect of Victory (Cambridge University Press, 2011), Australia 1942: In the Shadow of War (Cambridge University Press, 2012) and Australia 1943: The Liberation of New Guinea (Cambridge University Press, 2013).

Peter is a managing editor of the journal Security Challenges and a contributing editor, and board memeber of the journal Global War Studies. He has also worked as a peer review editor for Cambridge University and Murdoch Press. In 2011 he was the recipient of a citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning in the Australian Learning and Teaching Council’s Australian Awards for University Teaching. He teachers courses on military operations & expeditionary warfare and on Australia's strategic alliances.

Career Highlights: Fulbright Scholar in Australia-United States Alliance Studies (Sponsored by DFAT) 2014-2015, Lecturer in Australian History at UNSW & UNSW Study Abroad 2001-2005, Associate Dean of Arts & Sciences at UNDA 2006-2009, Director of Research at UNDA 2010-2011, Visiting Fellow Georgetown University (Washington DC) 2011, Research Associate-United States Studies Centre (2011), Royal Australian Army (Reserve) 1993-2008. 

Researcher's projects

Australia's Defence: A New Era?, Melbourne University Press (with Brendan Taylor & Stephan Fruhling)  [forthcoming in July 2014]

Great and Powerful Friend: The US-Australian Alliance in the Asian Century

Australia's Strategic Culture and Way of War

Allies of a Kind: United States and Australian Military Operations in the Pacific

 Australia 1944-45: Victroy in the Pacific, Cambridge University Press [forthcoming in August 2015]

Current student projects

Sea Denial and Maritime Strategy

Amphibious logistics and enabling capabilities

America's alliances in the Asia-Pacific region

Past student projects

Australia and the Post-Expeditionary Age

The Use and Misuse of the Clash of Civilisations: Justification for Conflict in an Age of Terror

A Military History of the 1st Battalion Imperial Camel Corps

Australian Foreign Policy and India: Regional Communities, Security and Trade


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