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Alexandra Homolar

Dr Alexandra Homolar is Associate Professor of International Security.

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 Net) 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. From 2013-2017, Alex was the Principal Investigator of the ESRC Future Research Leaders project 'Enemy Addiction' (ES/K008684/1).

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.


2014-present. Associate Professor. University of Warwick (UK).
2010-2014. Assistant Professor. 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 Researcher. 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 security, language, and political psychology as well as 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
  • Populist security rhetoric
  • The politics of crises and uncertainty
  • Global benchmarking
  • The political economy of security
  • Neoconservatism


  • 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).
  • 2013-2017. ESRC Future Research Leaders Grant. Economic and Social Research Council (£238,640).
  • 09/2013. Impact Participant Grant. BISA US Foreign Policy Working Group (£1000)
  • 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).
  • 03/2012. Visiting Lectureship, University of Vienna. Erasmus Teaching Exchange Grant (£1,200).


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

Room: E1.20 (Social Sciences)
Tel: 024765 24142

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