Dr Kim Huynh

Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations and Deputy Director of the Humanities Research Centre
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
T: 61 2 6125 0590

Areas of expertise

  • International Relations 160607
  • Political Theory And Political Philosophy 160609
  • Literary Studies Not Elsewhere Classified 200599
  • Australian Government And Politics 160601

Research interests

Political theory, political literature, migration and borders, radio and podcasting, Vietnamese culture and society.


Kim Huynh is a teacher, writer, researcher and broadcaster who helps people tell their stories.

He convenes courses on refugee politics and political philosophy for which he received the ANU Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. Kim contributes to public life by coordinating a current affairs discussion group for rough sleepers at the Early Morning Centre, facilitating exchanges of stories and ideas with the Vietnamese Australia Forum, and writing essays on politics and culture for a range of outlets. He ran as independent candidate in the 2016 ACT election and in the 2022 federal election, is an ABC presenter and producer and Deputy Director of the ANU Humanities Research Centre.

His latest book on Australia's Refugee Politics in the 21st Century (Routledge) develops ways to enhance national security, refugee rights and social cohesionKim’s published a collection of stories about contemporary Vietnam entitled Vietnam as if ... (ANU Press). He co-authored Children and Global Conflict (Cambridge University Press) and co-edited The Culture Wars (Palgrave-McMillan). His biography of his parents Where the Sea Takes Us (HarperCollins) attracted academic and literary acclaim.


Researcher's projects

A chapter in What We Brought with Us, a book about the meaning and value of objects that people take into and retrieve from exile.

An article on how Indigenous yarning can help refugees heal.  

A chapter about a Rohingya boy's journey from Myanmar to Australia. 

A book about Vietnamese Australia. 

Toolkits assisting academics and community groups to craft meaningful and effective Acknowledgements of Country. 


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