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Michael S Goodman

Professor of Intelligence and International Affairs, King's College London

Michael Goodman is Professor of Intelligence and International Affairs, Head of the Department of War Studies and Dean of Research Impact, King's College London. He is also a Visiting Professor at the Norwegian Defence Intelligence School and at Sciences Po in Paris. He has recently finished a secondment to the Cabinet Office where he has been the Official Historian of the Joint Intelligence Committee: Volume II which will be published in 2020.

He has published widely in the field of intelligence history and scientific intelligence, including Spying on the Nuclear Bear: Anglo-American Intelligence and the Soviet Bomb (Stanford University Press, 2008), Spinning Intelligence: Why Intelligence Needs the Media, Why the Media Needs Intelligence (Columbia: Columbia University Press, 2009), Learning from the Secret Past: Cases in British Intelligence History (Georgetown University Press, 2011), The Routledge Companion to Intelligence Studies(Routledge, 2014); Spying on the World: The Declassified Documents of the Joint Intelligence Committee (Edinburgh University Press, 2014) and The Official History of the Joint Intelligence Committee, Volume I: From the Approach of the Second World War to the Suez Crisis (Routledge, 2014). This last book, the Official History, was chosen as one of The Spectator’s books of the year.

His articles have appeared in Intelligence and National Security, the International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence, CIA Studies in Intelligence, Cold War History, the Journal of Cold War Studies, the Journal of Strategic Studies, Cryptologia, The Journal of Intelligence History, Contemporary British History, Historical Studies in the Physical Sciences, Diplomacy and Statecraft, and International History Review.

He is series editor for ‘Intelligence, Surveillance, and Secret Warfare’ for Edinburgh University Press and ‘Intelligence and Security’ for Hurst/Oxford University Press. He is a member of the editorial boards for Intelligence and National Security; International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence; International Journal of Intelligence, Security, and Public Affairs; The Journal of Intelligence History and Contemporary British History.


  • –present
    Professor of Intelligence and International Affairs, King's College London