Peter Dean

Adjunct Professor, Professor, Chair, Defence Studies

  • The University of Western Australia (M253), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile



Professor Peter J. Dean was appointed as UWA’s first Chair of Defence Studies in July 2020 and the inaugural director of the UWA Defence and Security Institute in MArch 2021. Prior to the commencement Professor Dean was Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education) at the UWA. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Perth USAsia Centre and a Visiting Fellow at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre (SDSC), The Australian National University.

Peter has an extensive background in military and defence studies.  He has been a Fulbright Fellow and Endeavour Research Scholar in Australia-United States Alliance Studies as well as a non-resident fellow with the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and the Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Studies at Georgetown University in Washington D.C.

Before joining UWA, Peter was a scholar at the SDSC, in The Australian National University’s College of Asia and the Pacific where he held numerous research, teaching and leadership positions. Peter’s time at ANU included seven years teaching strategy, military operations and Australian defence policy at the Australian Command and Staff College. He spent twelve years as a member of the Australian Army (Reserve) with postings to infantry, commando and training units.

Professor Dean was the founding editor of the Melbourne University Press Defence Studies Series, is a member of the Editorial Board of the Australian Army Journal, Global War Studies and the Military Studies Journal and a former managing editor of the journal Security Challenges. He is a regular media commentator on Australian, United States and regional defence issues. An interntional award winning author his most recent book (with Brendan Taylor and Stephan Fruhling) is After American Primacy: Imagining the Future of Australia’s Defence, (Melbourne University Press, 2019).

Future research

Dean, P.J. The Australian Army and archipelagic warfare:  Fighting the future war in the Indo-Pacific (Australian Army Research Centre)

Dean, P.J. & Moss, T., Fighting Australia’s Cold War: The nexus of strategy and operations in a multipolar Asia, 1945 – 1965 (forthcoming ANU Press, 2021)

Dear P.J. & James, K., Australia in the Second World War  (forthcoming University Press of Kentucky, 2022)

Dean, P.J., The Australian Way of War: Strategic culture, alliances and the use of force in the antipodes

Dean, P.J. Assaulting the Jungle Shore: Amphibious Warfare and the Transformation of the Australian Army and 1942-1945 (under contract with the Australian Army History Unit)


Peter's major research and teaching interests are in defence studies, Australian strategic policy, the ANZUS Alliance, military operations, and US strategy in the Indo-Pacific. Peter has been an Endeavour Research Scholar and a Fulbright Fellow in Australia-United States Alliance Studies. In 2011 he was a Research Associate at the United States Studies Centre Sydney University and has been a Senior Fellow the Center for Australian and New Zealand Studies at Georgetown University, Washington DC and an Adjunct Fellow in the Pacific Partners Initiative at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington DC.

Along with Brendan Taylor Peter was the creator and series editor of the Melbourne University Press Defence Studies Series. He has served as a managing editor of the journal Security Challenges and sits on the editorial board of Global War Studies and the Australian Army Journal. He has published his work in areas such as: Security Challenges, US Naval War College Review, War & Society, Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, Australian Policy and History and Global War Studies, the East Asia Forum, The Strategist, The Diplomat and The Interpreter. He is also a regular media commentator on Australian and regional defence issues.

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Education/Academic qualification

Military Studies, PhD, University of New South Wales

Education, Graduate Diploma, University of Newcastle

U.S. History , B. Arts (Hons), University of Newcastle

External positions

Senior Fellow (non-resident), Atlantic Council

1 Jul 2021 → …

Senior Fellow, Perth USAsia Centre

1 Mar 2019 → …

Editorial Board, Australian Army

2016 → …

Research expertise keywords

  • defence studies
  • strategy
  • military
  • Warfare
  • war studies
  • military operations
  • amphibious warfare
  • Indo-Pacific
  • Australia
  • United States


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