Associate Professor Amy King

BA (Hons I), BBus (South Australia); M.Phil (Oxon), D.Phil (Oxon)
Senior Lecturer, Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs
College of Asia & the Pacific

Areas of expertise

  • International Relations 160607
  • Government And Politics Of Asia And The Pacific 160606
  • Studies Of Asian Society 169903
  • Defence Studies 160604

Research interests

For more information about my research, publications, and areas of research supervision (PhD, Masters and Honours students), please visit my personal website.


I am Associate Professor in the Strategic & Defence Studies Centre at The Australian National University, with particular expertise in Chinese foreign and security policy, China-Japan relations, and the economics-security nexus in the Asia-Pacific region. I am also a research fellow with the Australia-Japan Research Centre, a research associate with the ANU's Graduate Research and Development Network on Asian Security (GRADNAS), and I serve on the Editorial Board of the East Asia Forum.

I currently hold both a Westpac Research Fellowship and an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellowship to investigate China's role in shaping the international economic order.

My book, China-Japan Relations after World War Two: Empire, Industry and War, 1949-1971 (Cambridge University Press, 2016), explains how and why Japan became China’s most important economic partner in the aftermath of major war, and at a time when the two countries were still Cold War opponents. The book is based on hundreds of declassified documents from the Chinese Foreign Ministry Archive, gathered during fieldwork in China between 2008 and 2012.

I received my D.Phil in International Relations from the University of Oxford, where I studied as a Rhodes Scholar. My doctoral thesis was awarded Oxford's 2013 Dasturzada Dr Jal Pavry Memorial Prize. I completed my M.Phil in Modern Chinese Studies at the University of Oxford, and B.A. Hons (First Class) in International Studies and B.Bus in International Business at the University of South Australia.

For more information about my research, publications, and areas of research supervision (PhD, Masters and Honours students) please visit my personal website.

Projects and Grants

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