About me

I am Senior Lecturer in British Politics and Foreign Policy at Queen Mary University of London, member of the Mile End Institute, Fellow of the Queen Mary Academy, and joint Editor-in-Chief of Politics.

My research looks at the domestic politics of British foreign policy, including how public opinion, media debate and parliamentary politicking shape the context for decision making. I am currently working on a British Academy/Leverhulme Trust Small Grant-funded (SRG1920/101468) historical study of House of Commons influence over the use of force abroad.

I previously spent four years as a Fellow in Foreign Policy Analysis and International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where I completed my PhD in 2012.

Prior to joining the LSE faculty I spent one year as Executive Officer (Private Secretary) to LSE Director Professor Craig Calhoun, and two years as a graduate trainee at KPMG LLP, specializing in UK and US tax compliance for expatriate employees.

My first book, Public Opinion, Legitimacy and Tony Blair’s War in Iraq, was published by Routledge in 2017.

This year I am serving as module convenor for two second year undergraduate modules: POL260 Power and Legitimacy in British Politics and POL249 Foreign Policy Analysis, and one first year undergraduate module: POL108 Background to British Politics. I am also Director of Education in the School of Politics and International Relations.

I have previously taught international politics and foreign policy analysis to research students, taught graduate students and undergraduates. I’m quite good at it, at least if you’re willing to believe my students.

My full CV is available here.

You can contact me via my Queen Mary staff page.

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