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Chair of Defence Studies and Director, UWA Defence and Security Institute, The University of Western Australia

Professor Peter J. Dean was appointed as UWA’s first Chair of Defence Studies and the inaugural director of the UWA Defence and Security Institute. Prior to the commencement of this role Professor Dean was Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education) at UWA. He is a Senior Fellow at the Perth USAsia Centre and a Visiting Fellow at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, 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.

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 international 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).


  • 2011–present
    Fellow, Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, ANU
  • 2009–2011
    Director of Research, University of Notre Dame Australia
  • 2005–2009
    Associate Dean, Arts & Sciences, University of Notre Dame Australia


  • 2007 
    University of New South Wales, PhD
  • 1996 
    University of Newcastle, Grad Dip Ed
  • 1995 
    University of Newcastle, Bachelor of Arts (hons)