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BA (Hons) in Political Science (First Class), University of British Columbia; MSc in Social and Political Theory (with Distinction), University of Edinburgh; PhD, University of Cambridge


Toni Erskine is Professor of International Politics and has been Director of the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs at the Australian National University (ANU) since 2018. She is also Editor of International Theory: A Journal of International Politics, Law, and Philosophy, Associate Fellow of the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence at the University of Cambridge, and one of the Chief Investigators on the ‘Humanising Machine Intelligence’ (HMI) Grand Challenge Research Project at ANU. She was Chair of the 2020 Oceanic Conference on International Studies (OCIS), which was hosted by the Coral Bell School, and serves on the Research Committee of the Australian Institute of International Affairs (AIIA) and the Advisory Group for the Google/United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) ‘AI for the Social Good’ Research Network.

Professor Erskine received a BA Honours (First Class) in Political Science from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, an MSc in Social and Political Theory (with Distinction) from the University of Edinburgh, and a PhD in Political Philosophy and International Relations from Trinity College, University of Cambridge, where she was Cambridge Commonwealth Scholar. After being awarded her PhD, she was British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre of International Studies, University of Cambridge and Research Fellow at Clare Hall, Cambridge. She moved from Cambridge to the west coast of Wales to take up a lectureship in the Department of International Politics at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and was promoted to Professor of International Politics in 2009 (with the award of a Personal Chair). She was Director of Research and Deputy Head of Department at Aberystwyth when she was appointed Professor of International Politics at UNSW Canberra in February 2013.

While at UNSW Canberra, she was also Associate Director (Politics & Ethics) of UNSW’s Australian Centre for Cyber Security, Director of Research and Associate Head of School for the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Convenor of the International Ethics Research Group. She is past Chair of the International Ethics Section of the International Studies Association (2008-10), and has served as an elected member of its Governing Council (2014-16) and as a member of its Executive Committee (2015-16). She has been Lurie-Murdoch Senior Research Fellow in Global Ethics (2008-10) and Honorary Professor (2010-12) at RMIT University in Melbourne, Visiting Scholar at Sydney University (2011), Senior Research Associate in International Politics at Aberystwyth University (2013-14), and Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford (2016). In 2016 she was awarded UNSW Canberra’s ‘Dorothy Green Award for outstanding contributions to research by a female academic’.

External positions

Associate Fellow, Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, University of Cambridge

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