Department of Security Studies and Criminology

Dr Brian Cuddy

Associate Lecturer

PhD, Cornell, 2016, MA, Yale, 2005, BA Hons, Canterbury  - 2003

Research interests

  • Twentieth-century international history
  • American foreign relations history
  • International law
  • The evolution of warfare
  • Intelligence
  • The Vietnam War


Brian is a historian of twentieth-century international politics and US foreign relations. His research explores the changing regulatory frameworks of international security, and his current book project examines the relationship between international law and the American use of military force during the Vietnam War. It investigates both how law influenced American conduct of the Indochina conflict and how the application of force by the United States in Vietnam reshaped the legal architecture of war. It argues that interpretations and innovations of law developed during the war were crystallized into new, more diffuse parameters for the legitimate application of international violence in the years immediately after the war, and that those new parameters matter for how war is imagined and waged today. Prior to his doctoral studies, Brian prepared assessments of regional strategic and political affairs as an analyst in New Zealand's Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.


  • PICT212 Modern Warfare, 2016
  • PICT320 Ethics of Security, 2017
  • PICT851 Advanced Security Studies/Strategic Thinkers, 2016, 2017


  • "Inventing Proportionality", paper presented at the annual meeting for the American Historical Association, Atlanta, Georgia, United States, 7-10 January 2016
  • "Reimagining Legitimate Violence at Empire's End", paper presented at the Centre for the History of Violence (University of Newcastle) conference "Violence, Colonialism and Empire in the Modern and Contemporary World", British Academy, London, United Kingdom, 29 June-1 July 2015
  • "The Proportional Attack from Vietnam to Geneva", paper presented at the Stockholm University workshop "International Studies in the 21st Century: Development, Cooperation, Security", Stockholm, Sweden, 23-24 October 2014
  • "Bordering the Law: US Power and Cambodian Sovereignty during the Vietnam War", paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, Lexington, Kentucky, United States, 19-21 June 2014
  • "Wars without Borders: The American Challenge to International Law, 1961-1965", paper presented at the annual meeting of the Organization of American Historians, Atlanta, Georgia, United States, 10-13 April 2014
  • "Crisis Precedes Transformation: International Law and US Intervention in the Dominican Republic, 1965", paper presented to the annual meeting of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, Arlington, Virginia, United States, 20-22 June 2013

Grants and Fellowships

  • Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship, American Council of Learned Societies, 2015
  • Moody Research Grant, Lyndon B. Johnson Foundation (Austin, Texas), 2013, 2015
  • Littleton-Griswold Grant for US Legal History, American Historical Association, 2015
  • Samuel Flagg Bemis Dissertation Research Grant, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, 2013, 2014
  • Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., Fellowship, John F. Kennedy Library Foundation (Boston, Massachusetts), 2013
  • General and Mrs Matthew B. Ridgway Research Grant, US Army Military History Institute (Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania), 2013
  • Graduate Fellowship in Peace and Conflict Studies, Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies, Cornell University, 2013


Dr Brian Cuddy

Contact Information:
Phone: (+61-2) 9850 1428
Fax: (+61-2) 9850 1440
Office location:
Level 2, South Wing, 
Australian Hearing Hub
Macquarie University NSW 2109