Dr Kim Huynh

Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations and Deputy Head 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 helps people to tell stories and ask questions with a view to advancing diversity, democracy, and understanding.

His forthcoming book reviews Australia's Refugee Politics in the 21st Century (Routledge 2023) and develops ways to enhance national security and social cohesionHe's also published a collection of stories about contemporary Vietnam entitled Vietnam as if ... (ANU Press). Kim's biography of his parents Where the Sea Takes Us (HarperCollins) attracted academic and literary acclaim. He co-authored Children and Global Conflict (Cambridge University Press) and co-edited The Culture Wars (Palgrave-McMillan).

Kim is a well-regarded teacher, convening courses on refugee politics and political philosophy in the ANU School of Politics and International Relations. He's received the ANU Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching and is regularly challenged and enriched by his students.

Being committed to public life, Kim often facilitates discussions on culture and ideas, and writes essays on a wide range of topics for news outlets. He ran as independent candidate in the 2016 ACT election and in the 2022 federal election. Kim is also a presenter and reporter for ABC Radio Canberra.

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. 

"The Big Word" podcast explores concepts and terms that probably you've never heard of but will rock your world. 

A radio documentary on intergenerational trauma and care. 

A series of essays on the most unsettling ideas in Australia. 

Toolkits assisting academics and Vietnamese-Australians to i) counter racism against First Nations people and ii) craft meaningful Acknowledgements of Country. 

Current student projects

Children and armed conflict, political biography, migration and borders.


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