Evelyn Goh

Evelyn Goh is the Shedden Professor of Strategic Policy Studies at the Australian National University, where she is also Research Director at the Strategic & Defence Studies Centre. She has published widely on U.S.-China relations and diplomatic history, regional security order in East Asia, Southeast Asian strategies towards great powers, and environmental security. These include The Struggle for Order: Hegemony, Hierarchy and Transition in Post-Cold War East Asia (Oxford University Press, 2013); ‘Great Powers and Hierarchical Order in Southeast Asia: Analyzing Regional Security Strategies’, International Security 32:3 (Winter 2007/8):113-57; and Constructing the US Rapprochement with China, 1961-1974 (Cambridge University Press, 2004). Her most recent edited volume is Rising China’s Influence in Developing Asia (Oxford University Press, 2016), and her latest book (co-authored with Barry Buzan) is Re-thinking Sino-Japanese Alienation: History Problems and Historical Opportunities (Oxford University Press, 2020).

She is the co-Managing Editor of the Cambridge Studies in International Relations book series, and serves on the Editorial Boards of various academic journals, including International SecurityInternational TheoryAsian Security, and Journal of Global Security Studies.

Evelyn moved to Australia and the ANU in August 2013, and has held previous faculty positions at Royal Holloway University of London; the University of Oxford; and the Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore. She has held various visiting positions, including Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center, and Southeast Asian Fellow at the East-West Center, both in Washington DC. Major project grants include a UK Economic & Social Research Council Mid-Career Fellowship (2011-12); an Australian Research Council Discovery Grant (2019-2022); an East Asia Institute Fellowship (2011); and research grants from the British Academy, MacArthur Foundation, Sasakawa Peace Foundation, and Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation.

She holds Masters (1999) and Doctoral (2001) degrees in International Relations and an undergraduate degree in Geography (1996), all from the University of Oxford. She also holds a Masters in Environment & Development from Cambridge (1997). 


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Research expertise:

  • East Asian international relations and security ('traditional' and 'non-traditional')
  • U.S.-China and China-Japan diplomatic history and contemporary strategic relations
  • International Relations theory
  • Cold War history
  • Security studies

Key research-related activities:

Key research-related institutional responsibilities:

  • Director of Research at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, ANU
  • Deputy Director (Research) at the Coral Bell School of Asia-Pacific Affairs, ANU
  • Convenor of the ANU Women in International Security (WIIS) initiative and the 2020-21 ‘Women in Asia-Pacific Security Research’ seminar series
  • As the Shedden Professor, convenor of the Shedden Lectures, the Shedden Research Roundtables on Asian Security, and the Shedden Lunchtime Talks@Russell at the Australian Department of Defence, 2014-2019

Watch Dr. Amy King introduce Prof. Evelyn Goh's scholarly contributions, and Evelyn speak about her experience as a woman scholar of international security here (11-minute video on Youtube).  


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