Leading foreign policy and international security expert Professor Valerie Hudson from Texas A&M University will join The Australian National University (ANU) as the first Vice-Chancellor's Australia and the World Visiting Fellow.
Professor Hudson arrives at ANU this week and will conduct a public lecture to mark International Women's Day and participate in the Future of Australian Foreign Policy Forum.
The Vice-Chancellor's Australia and the World Visiting Fellow program supports visits by outstanding external academics to contribute towards building a culture of research excellence and actively participate in University life.
Professor Hudson was nominated by Professor Michael Wesley, Dean of College of Asia and the Pacific as the first visiting fellow in the program run by the Australian Studies Institute.
"Professor Hudson is one of the world's foremost scholars of foreign policy analysis and gender in international relations. She is a close friend of the ANU, having been a visiting scholar in 1994 and 2016," Professor Wesley said.
"The opportunity to welcome her back in 2019 allows us to renew the linkages between one of the world's leading scholars and Australia's premier university for international relations and foreign policy analysis."
Director of the Australian Studies Institute Professor Paul Pickering said they were delighted to be working the College of Asia and the Pacific to get this fellowship program off to such an excellent start by bringing an outstanding scholar to campus.
The program will bring two Australia and the World Fellows to ANU each year, nominated by the Colleges in turn.
Professor Hudson is the George H.W Bush Chair at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. She has written extensively on issues gender in national security, and through her work on The WomanStats Project has linked the security of women to the security of states.
Professor Hudson said she is delighted to be the inaugural Australia and the World Visiting Fellow.
"This is a pivotal moment in Australian foreign policy, where incipient multipolarity threatens to upend a century's worth of conventional wisdom," Profess Hudson said.
"To help the country meet that challenge, the study of Australian foreign policy must be reinvigorated.
I hope to engage with Australian scholars attempting to do just that."