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Alexandra Homolar

Dr Alexandra Homolar is Professor of International Security.

Alex has taught and researched at universities in Germany, the US, and the UK. She currently holds a Leverhulme Research Fellowship for her project 'Populist FantasylandLink opens in a new window' (RF-2021-527/7), and from 2013-2017 she was the Principal Investigator of the ESRC Future Research Leaders project 'Enemy Addiction' (ES/K008684/1).

At Warwick, Alex is the academic lead of Speaking International Security at Warwick (SISAW) and the co-lead of the interdisciplinary Research in Global Governance Network (RiGG NetLink opens in a new window) as well as the organizer of the Annual Masterclass in CSS/IR. She served as Director of Research Degrees and on the PAIS Senior Management Team in 2018-2020.

Alex received her Diplom [BA Hons., MA] in Political Science, Law, History, and Empirical Research Methods as well her Dr. phil [PhD] from J.W. Goethe University Frankfurt.


2023-present. Professor. University of Warwick (UK).
2021-2023. Reader. University of Warwick (UK).
2014-2021. Associate Professor. University of Warwick (UK).
2010-2014. Assistant Professor (tenured). University of Warwick (UK).
2004-2010. Research Associate. Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (DE).
2009. Lecturer. University of Leicester (UK).
2008. Teaching Associate. King’s College London (DSD) at the British Defence Academy (UK).
2007-2008. Teaching Fellow. University of Birmingham (UK).
2005. Visiting Research Fellow. Yale University, New Haven (US).
2005. DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow. Johns Hopkins University, Washington, DC (US).


Alex's main research interests lie at the intersection of language, security, and political psychology as well as in US defence and security policy. Please click here for a list of Alexandra's publications. She is interested in supervising doctoral research that relates to the following:

  • Security narratives
  • Political communication and affect
  • Populist rhetoric
  • Crisis communication
  • Global benchmarking practices



  • 2022-23. Leverhulme Research Fellowship (£59,787 [£189,748 fEC]).
  • 08/2021. Research Development Fund (£2,995).
  • 2013-17. Future Research Leaders Grant. Economic and Social Research Council (£238,640 [£302,000 fEC]).
  • 09/2013. Impact Participant Grant. BISA US Foreign Policy Working Group (£1,000).
  • 03/2012. Visiting Lectureship, University of Vienna. Erasmus Teaching Exchange Grant (£1,200).
  • 06/2021. EUtopia PhD co-tutelle PhD project grant [PI; with Dieter Vandebroeck, Vrije Universiteit Brussel], EUtopia Alliance (£131,500).
  • 03/2020. CARP Collaborative Research Grant [with C. Browning]. Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick (£1,540).
  • 04/2019. Research in Global Governance Network Grant [with C. Tan (Law)]. University of Warwick (£6,664).
  • 04/2019. CARP Collaborative Research Grant [with C. Browning]. Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick (£300).
  • 09/2016. ISA Workshop Grant [with B.J. Steele, University of Utah]. International Studies Association (US$8,123).
  • 01/2016. CARP Collaborative Research Grant [with C. Browning]. Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick (£2,642).
  • 04/2013. Research Grant Acceleration Award [with L. Rethel]. Global Research Priorities – Global Governance, University of Warwick (£2,500).
  • 11/2012. CARP Collaborative Research Grant [with L. Rethel]. Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick (£1,139).
  • 08/2012 - 07/2013. University of Warwick Strategic Award [with M.N. MacDonald, S.Schnurr, and L. Rethel] (£20,000).


In PAIS, Alexandra has developed and convened the following modules:


International Security (PO 231) (30 CATS)
Critical Security Studies (PO 381) (30 CATS)

Postgraduate Taught:

The US and International Security (PO 979) (20 CATS)
The US Business of War (PO 982) (20 CATS)
United States Foreign Policy and National Security (PO 983) (with Trevor McCrisken, MA core, 40 CATS).

Postgraduate Research (Compulsory Workshop Series):

Year 1: PhD Research Design and the Philosophy of Science
Year 2: Taking doctoral research beyond the First Year Review
Year 3+: Writing Up, thinking Ahead

Alex Homolar


Term 3 A&F hours:

Selected Mondays 8.30-9.30am.
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Please note:
All meetings are held online via Teams.

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Populist Fantasyland