Dr Kim Huynh

BA (Hons) PhD International Relations
Lecturer in Politics and International Relations
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, children and armed conflict, forced migration, Vietnamese politics and society.


Kim Huynh's most recent book is a collection of political novellas entitled Vietnam as if... Tales of youth, love and destiny (ANU Press). His biography of his parents, Where the Sea Takes Us: A Vietnamese-Australian Story (HarperCollins) has attracted academic and literary acclaim, being short-listed for the Australian Society of Author’s prize and ACT book of the year. He co-authored Children and Global Conflict (Cambridge University Press) and co-edited The Culture Wars: Australian and American Politics in the 21st Century (Palgrave-McMillan).

Kim has published journal articles and book chapters on political theory, Vietnamese politics, women’s studies and refugee politics, and has written essays and opinion editorials for a range of Australian newspapers along with the BBC Vietnamese and the RiotACT.

He received the ANU Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching and lectures courses on international relations and political philosophy in addition to supervising honours and PhD students in these areas.

Kim is currently having a go as a roving reporter and presenter for ABC Radio Canberra.

Researcher's projects

- An article about identity politics and irregular migration in Australia (with Siobhan Neyland).

- A book about Australian and regional refugee politics since the 1980s.

- A guidebook to the West for perplexed Asians.

- The Vietnamese translation of Vietnam as if... Tales of youth, love and destiny.

Current student projects

Past and Current Student Research Topics: political biography; refugees and migration; political philosophy; children and armed conflict; Vietnam/China relations; terrorism; Asia and the West.


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