Dean Aszkielowicz  from Murdoch University in Perth Australia.

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    Dr Dean Aszkielowicz


    About me

    I am a Lecturer in the School of Arts and a Fellow of the Asia Research Centre. My key research areas are the prosecutions of Japanese war criminals conducted by the Allied powers after the Second World War, particularly the repatriation and release of war criminals after they were sentenced, and relations among Australia, the United States and Japan in the 1950s. I was awarded an Academy of the Humanities Travelling Fellowship for 2016, for archival research in Washington D.C.

    Teaching area

    History, Asian Studies

    Research areas

    Australian History

    Japanese war criminals

    Relations among the United States, Australia and Japan in the 1950s

    Current projects

    Australia, Japan and the United States, 1945-1960: Learning to Become Allies

    This project studies the diplomatic relationship among the United States, Japan and Australia between 1945 and 1960, with particular reference to policy on Asia. In existing scholarship, this period is regarded as one of natural US dominance, when lesser powers seeking close relations with the US inevitably adhered to its lead in regional politics. This project will challenge that interpretation. Archival sources reveal that the US was not able to rally diplomatic support for its anti-Communist agenda in Asia on the basis of might alone. Japan, Australia and other countries confidently pursued their own goals in discussions with the US government, and US authorities found they needed to create true alliances with such allies in order to gain and maintain their support.

    Awards and grants


    2017: Winner of the N.S.W. Premier’s Award for History (General History Category) for Japanese War Criminals

    2017: Shortlisted for the N.S.W. Premier’s Award for History (Australian History Category) for Australia’s War Crimes Trials



    2016: Academy of the Humanities Travelling Fellowship. The funds from this grant are for research at the National Archives and Records Administration, in Washington DC.


    2016: Murdoch Early Career Researcher Small Grant Scheme. The funds from this grant are to support my research at the Washington archives.


    2015: Murdoch Early Career Researcher Small Grant Scheme. The funds from this grant were used for research at the National Archives and National Library in Canberra.

    Events and speaking engagements

    2016: Melville Historical Society. In September, I gave the 30th annual Murdoch address to the Melville Historical Society. My paper was on the war criminal Katayama Hideo.

    Professional and community service

    I enjoy taking part in outreach activities and have given workshops for High School students regularly over the last few years:


    2018: Rossmoyne Senior High School – ‘The Rise of Consumer Culture’

    2018: A Day in the Life of a Humanities student – ‘Propaganda and War’

    2017: Mandurah Baptist College – ‘Australia’s relations with the United States, Japan and Indonesia’

    2016: Mandurah Baptist College – ‘Australia and the U.S. after the Second World War’



    • Wilson, S., Cribb, R., Trefalt, B., Aszkielowicz, D., (2017),Japanese War Criminals. The politics of justice after the second world war,Columbia University Press.
    • Aszkielowicz, D., (2017),The Australian Pursuit of Japanese War Criminals, 19431957,Columbia University Press.


    • Aszkielowicz, D., (2016),Changing Direction: Repatriation of Japanese Criminals in Australian Custody,In: Australia's War Crimes Trails 1945-51, Leiden-Boston, pages 732 to 754.
    • Aszkielowicz, D., (2016),Australias Pursuit of the Taiwanese and Korean Japanese War Criminals,In: War Crimes Trials in the Wake of Decolonization and Cold War in Asia, 1945-1956, Palgrave Macmillan, pages 221 to 238.


    • Aszkielowicz, D., (2011), Repatriation and the limits of resolve: Japanese war criminals in Australian custody, Japanese Studies, 31, 2, pages 211 - 228.