Reader in Politics, University of Lincoln

Andrew studied for a first degree in English and History and an MA in Intelligence and International Relations at the University of Salford. He gained his PhD in 2002, also from Salford, with a thesis examining British and American Cold War propaganda. Andrew joined the School of Social Sciences, as a research fellow in the summer of 2004, and is now a Reader in Politics.

Andrew teaches on a range of modules within the School. He challenges first year politics students to identify the real centres of power in Britain in the module Who Runs Britain? and draws extensively on his own research experience in delivering research methods modules at first and second year. He is committed to the notion that students should be producers, and not simply consumers, of knowledge and pursues this through modules designed to give students the skills and intellectual tools to carry out their own research. Andrew also contributes sessions on security and intelligence to a range of modules in politics, international relations and criminology.

In recent years, along with a number of colleagues, Andrew has taken groups of students on study visits to New York, Washington and Brussels where he has taken the opportunity to lecture to students, and a number of passers-by, at a diverse range of locations such as the Menin Gate, the steps of the US Capitol and in the chamber of the US House of Representatives.

Andrew has made numerous contributions to national and local radio on topics ranging from voting in the Eurovision song contest to House of Lords reform. His thoughts on pressing political issues can also be found on the University of Lincoln Experts’ Blog.

Andrew has published Watching the Watchers: Parliament and the Intelligence Services]( "") (Palgrave 2014). Their [article]( "") on the Wilson Doctrine was published in the journal Intelligence and National Security. He maintains the [Watching the Watchers]( "") blog, and tweets under @adefty.


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    Reader in Politics, University of Lincoln