Russell Foster has a background in multiple disciplines which informs his approach to European and International Studies. From 2003-2006 he read History at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, specialising in imperial and Modern European political history. From 2008-2010 he took MA degrees in International Politics and Human Geography at Newcastle University, focusing on political theory, geopolitics and the shaping of identity through visual communications. His PhD, funded by the ESRC, approached the EU as the continuation of a historical theory of empire; a discourse which is manifest in the EU’s cartography and iconography. During the PhD he was ESRC Visiting Scholar at Virginia Tech, USA. The doctorate was awarded summa cum laude in 2013 and subsequently published as Mapping European Empire: Tabulae Imperii Europaie (London: Routledge 2015). From 2015-2016 Russell was Marie Sklodowska-Curie International Fellow in the Department of European Studies, University of Amsterdam and he commenced at KCL as a Leverhulme Fellow in May 2016.