I thoroughly enjoy teaching!

Teaching awards:

  • The British International Studies Association-Higher Education Academy Award for Excellence in Teaching International Studies (the UK’s national IR teaching prize).
  • The Vice-Chancellor’s Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence (at the University of Surrey).
Associate Dean Dr Simon Usherwood presenting me with my teaching award

Associate Dean Dr Simon Usherwood presenting me with my faculty teaching award at Surrey

Currently teaching:

  • International Relations Theory (see #PIED2501)
  • Security Studies (#pied2558)
  • American Foreign Policy (#pied3402)
  • Critical Security Studies (starts soon)
  • Research Methods (discourse analysis)
  • UG Dissertation modules (#pied3750, #pied3760)

PhD supervision:

  • Laura Rose Brown – the effects of gendering nuclear weapons policy
  • Charles Gray – a political sociological analysis of the discipline of International Relations
  • Waad Arif – News Framing and Domestication: How CNN and Al-Arabiya, in their English and Arabic online news services, report terror attacks with different kinds of perpetrators
  • Harry Swinhoe (submitted) – Islamic State’s construction of strategic narratives of sovereignty and political legitimacy
  • Natalie James (completed) – An Intersectional Feminist Analysis of Experience of the Prevent Duty in Further Education
  • Ryan O’Connor (completed) – Discourses of Intervention: An Analysis of Multiple Sites of Production and Their Contribution to the Legitimacy of Action
  • Ben Fermor (completed) – The changing discourse of American foreign policy: Identity construction in Barack Obama’s Middle Eastern Polic
  • Will Mace (completed) – Resilient Civic Republicanism
  • Ciaran Gillespie (completed) – Aid & the ouroborus : US foreign military assistance and human security in Pakistan
  • Samantha Cooke (completed) – Politics, power and matrimony : understanding women’s marital rights in Egypt and Iran

I also research learning and teaching issues, presenting at conferences, publishing articles on visual literacy (e.g. see this blog post summary) and a textbook on security.


Previously, I have taught a variety of modules at all levels. Most frequently: ‘Introduction to International Relations’ (first year), ‘Security Studies’ (second year), ‘American Foreign Policy’ (third year), ‘US Foreign Policy’ (postgraduate), ‘Critical Terrorism and Security Studies’ (postgraduate). But also: ‘Introduction to Politics and International Relations’ (first year), ‘Contemporary International History’ (first year), ‘Ideas and Identity in the War on Terror’ (second year), ‘Negotiating Politics’ (third year), ‘Key Issues in International Politics’ (postgraduate), ‘International Relations Theories’ (postgraduate) … as well as contributing lectures to modules such as Foreign Policy Analysis, Research Skills, Research Methods, Dissertation Skills, and British Politics.

And occasionally I give talks at local schools for outreach and marketing purposes, as well as once spending a week in a secondary school as part of the Researchers in Residence scheme.

I’m also an advocate for lecture capture, the production of lecture (summary) videos and integrating social media use into teaching (see @DrJackHolland, #pol3065, and #PIED3402 on Twitter):

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