Trevor McCrisken's research interests are in United States foreign policy and US politics and culture.
· US foreign policy.
· Use of US military force and the ‘Vietnam syndrome’.
· Belief in American exceptionalism and its influence on US politics and foreign policy.
· The US "war on terror"; Obama's use of drones and targeted killing.
· US policy toward Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran and the Middle East.
· Political and historical content of Hollywood films and television.
· US presidential and electoral politics.
· Nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation.
· Politics of race, ethnicity and gender in the US.
Trevor's research currently focuses on President Barack Obama's attempts to redefine US foreign policy, his use of rhetoric, and its impact on counter-terrorism policy. His latest publication is "Obama's Drone War" in the journal Survival (April/May 2013). He has also recently published two articles in the journal International Affairs "Ten Years On: Obama's War on Terrorism in Rhetoric and Practice" and "Justifying Sacrifice: Barack Obama and the Selling and Ending of the War in Afghanistan".
Trevor was on the Advisory Board of the AHRC funded "Landscapes of Secrecy" project on the history of the CIA based within PAIS and participated in the project's conference in Nottingham at which he gave a presentation on "The CIA and Television".
Trevor is an advising partner of the University of Vienna based project "Integrating Feminist International Relations and Feminist State Theory – The case of gender and military privatization" led by Saskia Stachowitsch.