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Steve Dunne

PhD Candidate & Associate Tutor

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I am a PhD Candidate in the Department of Politics and International Studies, having previously received a B.A. in History and Politics, an M.A. in United States Foreign Policy, and an M.A. in Social Science Research. Before joining Warwick, I held positions as a political analyst and writer.

Thanks to the generosity of the Economic and Social Research Council's "1+3" program, my doctoral thesis is provisionally titled Arsenal of Democracy or Cause of American Decline? Narrative Politics and the Economy-Security Nexus in the United States. My research explores how strategic narratives on the economy-security nexus have influenced post-Cold War American foreign policy. In particular, it examines how narratives of economic security have been created, perpetuated, and transmitted during the presidencies of Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump, and what these narratives comprise. More broadly, it also considers how the changing narrative environment has affected the form and dissemination of security narration across this period.

My project is supervised by Profs. Alexandra Homolar and Philippe Blanchard, with previous supervision also provided by Georg Löfflmann.

Research Interests:

  • Strategic Studies (with an emphasis on U.S. foreign policy)
  • Security Studies (inc. ideas of ontological security)
  • Political Communication and Sociolinguistics
  • U.S. Domestic Politics (inc. the role of popular culture in American politics)

I am always happy to discuss my research and am open to potential collaborations.

I am also available for media appearances, both radio and television.

Publications and Presentations:

  • '"Economic Surrender?" Securitizing the Economy Since the End of the Cold War'. BISA US Foreign Policy Working Group Conference, University College Dublin, September 2019.
  • 'Fit For A Hybridized Media World?: De-Centralizing the Concept of Strategic Narratives'. BISA Annual Conference, Newcastle, June 2022.
  • 'A Part-Time Arsenal Of Democracy: Ontological Security Narratives in U.S. Foreign Policy Towards Ukraine and Israel'. BISA Annual Conference, Birmingham, June 2024.
  • 'Economic Security is What Everyday Narratives Make of It'. (Pending Draft)
  • 'Hollywood and the Making of President Trump'. (Pending Draft)


In past years, I have taught on:

  • PO107: Introduction to Politics
  • PO207: Politics of the U.S.A.
  • PO3A2: War in the Twenty-First Century

In academic year 2024/2025, I will be teaching on PO207.