Peter Dean

Dr, Professor

  • The University of Western Australia (M466), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 15 Citations
  • 2 h-Index

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Personal profile


Peter Dean is currently Professor and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education) at the University of Western Australia. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Perth USAsia Centre.

Peter has an extensive background in education and leadership that includes working with the NSW Department of Education and NSW professional teachers associations. From 2011-2017 Peter worked at The Australian National University where he held numerous positions including: Senior Fellow, Strategic and Defence Studies Centre; Associate Dean Education; Associate Dean Students; and Director of Studies. Prior to The ANU Peter worked on the Sydney campus of the University of Notre Dame Australia, where he held a number of senior roles in education and campus leadership, and prior to this he worked and studied at the University of New South Wales.

Peter's research interests are in strategic and defence studies with a focus on: Australian military operations and strategy, Asian security, the ANZUS allaince and US defence policy. 

Future research

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

Dean, P.J. & Moss, T., Fighting Australia’s Cold War, 1945 - 1965 (forthcoming ANU Press, 2020)

Dean, P.J. Assaulting the Jungle Shore: Amphibious Warfare and the Transformation of the Australian Army and 1942-1945


Peter's major research and teaching interests are in war studies, Australian strategic policy, the ANZUS Alliance, military operations, US strategy in the Indo-Pacific, and defence studies. 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 is 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.

Education/Academic qualification

Strategic Studies , PhD, University of New South Wales

Education, Graduate Diploma, University of Newcastle

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

External positions

Editorial Board, Australian Army

2016 → …

Research expertise keywords

  • ANZUS, Strategy, Defence, War Studies, Australia, United States, Asia, Indo-Pacific

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Research Output

After American Primacy: Imagining the Future of Australia’s Defence

Dean, P., Taylor, B. (ed.) & Fruhling, S. (ed.), 1 Apr 2019, Melbourne: Melbourne University Publishing Ltd. 300 p. (Defence Studies)

Research output: Book/ReportEdited book/Anthology

  • Strategy and Sustainment: A Century of Australian Amphibious Operations

    Dean, P. & Crawley, R., 1 Nov 2019, New Interpretations in Naval History: Selected Papers from the 18th McMullen Naval History Symposium. Bogle, L. L. & Rentfrow, J. C. (eds.). Rhode Island: Naval War College, United States, p. 175-186 11 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

    MacArthur's Coalition: US and Australian Military Operations in the Southwest Pacific Area, 1942-1945

    Dean, P., 1 Mar 2018, Kansas, UAS: University Press of Kansas. 496 p. (Modern War Studies)

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • MacArthur’s Coalition: US and Australian Operations in the Southwest Pacific Area

    Dean, P., 1 Dec 2018.

    Research output: Contribution to conferenceConference presentation/ephemera

    War and society in Australia, New Zealand, and Oceania

    Dean, P. J. & Moss, T., 28 Feb 2018, The Routledge History of Global War and Society. Muehlbauer, M. S. & Ulbrich, D. J. (eds.). UK: Taylor & Francis, p. 32-44 13 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)


    • 1 Public lecture, debate or seminar

    Two Doorsteps: Australia, Asia and the Great Powers, 1900-1954

    Peter Dean (Speaker)
    6 Dec 2019

    Activity: Service and engagementPublic lecture, debate or seminar