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Dr James Johnson is a Lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Aberdeen and a Nonresident Fellow at the University of Leicester. Previously, James was an Assistant Professor at Dublin City University, a Nonresident Fellow with the Modern War Institute at West Point, and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies in Monterey, CA. He is also a Mid-Career Cadre with the CSIS Project on Nuclear Issues. James holds a PhD in Politics & International Relations from the University of Leicester.

James's research examines the intersection of nuclear weapons, deterrence, strategic stability, and emerging technology – especially artificial intelligence. He is the author of "The US-China Military & Defense Relationship During the Obama Presidency" (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), and "Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Warfare: USA, China & Strategic Stability" (Manchester University Press, 2021). His latest book project is entitled "Artificial Intelligence: Nuclear Strategy and Risk in the Digital Age" (under contract with Oxford University Press). James is fluent in Mandarin.


  • 2019–present
    Postdoctoral research fellow, The James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies
  • –present
    Honorary Fellow, University of Leicester


  • 2016 
    University of Leicester, PhD
  • 2011 
    University of Leeds, MA
  • 1997 
    University of Bristol , BA