I returned to Leeds in 2016, after working as Senior Lecturer at the University of Surrey, where I was also Subject Leader for Politics.
I studied at Cambridge, Birmingham, Warwick and Queensland. The ESRC, AHRC, Leverhulme Trust, and EU have funded my research. Amongst other things, this enabled me to spend several months working as a British Research Council Fellow at the Library of Congress, in Washington DC.
I research US, UK and Australian foreign and security policy. I am interested in critical (primarily constructivist) approaches in IR. My work explores the role of language, identity, popular culture, domestic politics and strategic agency in the foreign policy process. I have previously had the pleasure of co-authoring with friends and colleagues, such as Matt McDonald, Lee Jarvis, Ty Solomon, Katherine Wright and Sir Mike Aaronson. I’m currently researching and writing about Obama, Syria, Gillard, TV, and a range of other international security issues.