Professor of Politics, Queen's University Belfast

Richard English is Pro-Vice Chancellor for Internationalization and Engagement at Queen's University Belfast, where he is also Professor of Politics, and Distinguished Professorial Fellow in the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice. Between 2011 and 2016 he was Wardlaw Professor of Politics in the School of International Relations, and Director of the Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV), University of St Andrews. He is a frequent media commentator on terrorism and political violence, and on Irish politics and history. He is also a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA), a Member of the Royal Irish Academy (MRIA), a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (FRSE), a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (FRHistS), an Honorary Fellow of Keble College Oxford, and an Honorary Professor at the University of St Andrews. Author of several books ward-winning books, his most recent work includes Does Terrorism Work? A History (Oxford University Press, 2016) and Terrorism: How to Respond (Oxford University Press 2009)


  • 2016–2017
    Professor of Politics, Queen's University Belfast