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Personal profile

Educational background

PhD International Relations, University of Kent (2019) 

MA International Relations, University of Kent (2014) 

BA (Hons) International Relations and History, University of Portsmouth (2013) 

Research interests (continued)

American foreign policy; remote warfare; autonomous weapon systems; the Global War on Terror. 

Research interests

My research focuses on issues of contemporary American foreign policy and international security. I am particularly interested in the study of remote warfare, autonomous weapon systems, and the Global War on Terror.  

 

Published with the journal Defence Studies in 2021, I co-edited the Remote Warfare and Conflict in the Twenty-First Century special issue – the first on this concept– with Dr Rubrick Biegon and Dr Vladmir Rauta. Alongside Dr Ingvild Bode, I have also co-authored a major policy report on the use of autonomy in air defence systems. I have published articles on the remoteness of remote warfare, the continuity in Donald Trump’s counterterrorism policy, and the role of remote warfare in the retooling of American primacy following the Iraq War.

 

Beginning in November 2022, I will be working on a new three-year Leverhulme funded project titled Great Power Competition and Remote Warfare: Change or Continuity in Practice? This project uses practice-theories to examine how the Trump administration’s focus on great power competition may have impacted the use of the strategic practices associated with remote warfare, the dynamics of change and continuity in American foreign policy, and Joseph Biden’s presidency.  

 

My doctoral dissertation examined the continuity in the means and goals of the Obama administration’s military response to al-Qaeda’s regional affiliates. I was awarded my PhD without corrections from the University of Kent in January 2019. Before the award of my Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellowship, I held positions at multiple institutions including as a researcher on the ERC-funded AUTONORMS project based at the University of Southern Denmark.  

Teaching

During the 2022/2023 academic year, I will be teaching the following two MSc modules: (1) International Public Policy (PR5948) and (2) International Policy Practice (PR5961).  

External positions

Researcher, AUTONORMS: Weaponised Artificial Intelligence, Norms, and Order

Keywords

  • War & peace studies
  • Remote warfare
  • Autonomous Weapons Systems
  • Politics
  • US foreign policy
  • Great power competition