Dr Fiona Cunningham

Non-Resident Fellow, Foreign Policy and Defence Program, United States Studies Centre

Dr Fiona Cunningham

Dr Fiona Cunningham

    Dr Fiona Cunningham is a Non-Resident Fellow in the Foreign Policy and Defence Program at the United States Studies Centre and an Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at the George Washington University. She is a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in 2020-21. 

    Fiona's research examines the relationship between technology and military strategy, with a focus on China. She has conducted extensive fieldwork on Chinese nuclear, space, and cybersecurity policy, including as a joint PhD research fellow at the Renmin University of China in Beijing in 2015-2016. Her research on Chinese nuclear strategy has been published twice in International Security and quoted in the New York Times and the Economist.

    Fiona received her PhD in 2018 from the Department of Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she was a member of the Security Studies Program. She has also held research fellowships at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University and the Cyber Security Project at Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. 

    Fiona holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sydney and a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and International Relations from the University of New South Wales, both with first-class honours. Before moving to the United States to commence her doctoral studies at MIT, she was a Research Associate in the International Security Program at the Lowy Institute for International Policy.

    Areas of expertise

    • US-Asia relations
    • US foreign policy, defence and strategy