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Andrew Kennedy

Associate Professor, Policy and Governance Program


Ph.D. (Political Science) Harvard University; M.A. (Law and Diplomacy) Fletcher School, Tufts University; B.S. (Psychology) Duke University

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Andy Kennedy specializes in international politics, with particular interest in China, India, and the United States. He is currently engaged in two major research projects. The first investigates how the United States, China, and India are collaborating and competing through the globalization of innovation. The second explores and compares the emergence of China and India as new technological powers. He has also published widely on the foreign policies of China and India in the Cold War and post-Cold War periods. His research has been supported by an ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award, among other sources.

Recent Papers and Publications

  • “China’s Rise as a Science Power: Rapid Progress, Emerging Reforms, and the Challenge of Illiberal Innovation,” forthcoming in Asian Survey.
  • “The Politics of Skilled Immigration: Explaining the Ups and Downs of the U.S. H-1B Visa Program,” International Migration Review Vol. 53, No. 2 (2019): 346-370.
  • “The Innovation Imperative: Technology and U.S.-China Rivalry in the 21st Century” (with Darren Lim), International Affairs Vol. 94, No. 3 (June-July 2018): 553-572.
  • “China’s Innovation Trajectories,” Survival: Global Politics and Strategy Vol. 60, No. 3 (May 2018): 71-86.
  • The Conflicted Superpower: America’s Collaboration with China and India in Global Innovation (New York: Columbia University Press, 2018).
    - “Unequal Partners: U.S. Collaboration with China and India in Research and Development,” Political Science Quarterly Vol. 132, Issue 1 (2017): 63-86.
  • “Slouching Tiger, Roaring Dragon: Comparing India and China as Late Innovators,” Review of International Political Economy Vol. 23, No. 1 (2016): 65-92.
  • “Nehru’s Foreign Policy: Realism and Idealism Conjoined,” in David Malone, Raja Mohan, and Srinath Raghavan (eds.), The Oxford Handbook on Indian Foreign Policy (Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2015), pp. 92-103.
  • “China and the Free Rider Problem: Exploring the Case of Energy Security,” Political Science Quarterly, Vol. 130, No. 1 (2015): 27-50.
  • “Powerhouses or Pretenders? Debating China and India’s Emergence as Technological Powers,” The Pacific Review Vol. 28, No. 2 (2015): 1-22.
  • “China’s Search for Oil Security: A Critique,” in David Steven, Emily O’Brien, and Bruce Jones (eds.), The New Politics of Strategic Resources: Energy and Food Security Challenges in the 21st Century (Washington: Brookings Institution Press, 2015), 23-39.
  • “China’s Search for Renewable Energy: Pragmatic Techno-nationalism” [PDF,213KB],”, Asian Survey Vol. 53, No. 5 (September/October 2013): 909-930.
  • The International Ambitions of Mao and Nehru: National Efficacy Beliefs and the Making of Foreign Policy (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2012).
    - “India’s Nuclear Odyssey: Implicit Umbrellas, Diplomatic Disappointments, and the Bomb [PDF,134KB]”, International Security, Vol. 36, No. 2 (Fall 2011): 120-153. © 2011 by the President and Fellows of Harvard College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (
  • “China’s Petroleum Predicament: Challenges and Opportunities in Beijing’s Search for Energy Security [PDF,258KB],” in Jane Golley and Ligang Song (eds.), Rising China: Challenges and Opportunities (Canberra: Australian National University E-Press, 2011), 121-135.
  • “China’s New Energy Security Debate,” Survival: Global Politics and Strategy, Vol. 52, No. 3 (June-July 2010): 137-158.
  • “Military Audacity: Mao Zedong, Liu Shaoqi, and China’s Adventure in Korea,” in Ernest May, Richard Rosecrance, and Zara Steiner (eds.), History and Neorealism (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2010), 201-227.

Highlighted Research Grants

  • Australian Research Council, Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (2013-2017): “The Search for Technology and Power in China and India.”

Research interests

  • Comparative foreign policy
  • Technology and globalization
  • Power transitions
  • China, India, and the United States


  • POGO 8506 Strategic Policymaking
  • POGO 8045 International Policymaking in the Shadow of the Future
  • CRWF 8000 Government, Markets, and Global Change

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