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

His latest book reviews Australia's Refugee Politics in the 21st Century (Routledge) and 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). His 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 convenes courses on refugee politics and political philosophy and received the ANU Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. He facilitates exchanges of culture and ideas with the Vietnamese Australia Forum, coordinates a current affairs discussion group at the Early Morning Centre and writes essays on a wide range of topics. Kim ran as independent candidate in the 2016 ACT election and in the 2022 federal election. He is an ABC Radio Canberra presenter and Deputy Director of the ANU Humanities Research Centre.


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 radio feature on roughsleeping in Canberra.

A book chapter that rewrites refugee law from the perspectives of boatpeople.  

A book about Vietnamese Australia. 

Toolkits assisting academics and community groups to craft meaningful Acknowledgements of Country and counter racism against First Nations people. 


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