Professor William Tow

BA (Redlands), MA (USC), PhD (USC)
Professor, Department of International Relations, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs,
College of Asia & the Pacific

Areas of expertise

  • International Relations 160607
  • Defence Studies 160604

Research interests

Alliance politics, US security policy in the Asia-Pacific, security politics in the Asia-Pacific, Australian security policies


Previously Professor of International Relations at the University of Queensland and at Griffith University, and an Assistant Professor of International Relations at the University of Southern California (USC). He has been a Visiting Fellow at Stanford University, and a Visiting Research Associate at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London.

Career highlights

Co-director of ANU projects for the MacArthur Foundation's Asia Security Initiative and for the Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security (2008–); Editor of the Australian Journal of International Affairs (2001–2006); Served on the Foreign Affairs Council, Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (1998–2003) and the National Board of Directors, Australian Fulbright Commission (1992–1997); Recipient of an Australian Award for University Teaching in the Social Sciences Category for 2001.


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