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PhD Supervision

I welcome PhD proposals on a range of subjects relating to modern diplomatic and political history. I am especially interested in supervising projects that explore:

  • UK and US intelligence agencies;
  • Special Forces;
  • Government Secrecy;
  • Whistleblowers;
  • Anglo-American Relations;
  • Presidents;
  • Prime Ministers;
  • the Cold War;
  • the Vietnam War.

I take particular pride in helping my PhD students to publish journal articles during their doctoral studies, as well as to secure book contracts upon completion.

All of my completed PhD students have gone on to secure early career fellowships and/or permanent jobs.

PhDs Completed (6):

December 2020: Dr Julian Schmid, 'Warning! Contains Spoilers: Reading Post-9/11 US Security Discourses through Superhero Films', Self-funded.

December 2019: Dr Jason Dymydiuk, 'Filling the Information Void: GCHQ, NSA and Investigative Journalism, 1971-2012', ESRC Funded.

May 2019: Dr Melina Dobson, 'Unauthorised Disclosures: US National Security Whistleblowers and Leakers, 1970-2017', PAIS Scholarship.

January 2019: Dr Dee Dutta, 'Countdown to Catastrophe: Clinton, the CIA and the Spectre of Terrorism, 1992-2001', ESRC Funded.

June 2017: Dr Jules Gaspard, 'From the Revolutionary Era to the Progressive Era: The Origins and Expansion of Counter-Espionage in the US', Warwick Chancellor's Scholarship.

June 2016: Dr Nikita Shah, 'Secret Towns: British Intelligence in Asia during the Cold War', ESRC funded.

PhDs Ongoing (5):

Ivy Yang, 'The EU's Positioning in US-China Artificial Intelligence Rivalry' Warwick Scholarship.

Emma Hall, 'Everyday Exceptionalism in Trump's America', PAIS Scholarship.

Mujdat Er, 'British Intelligence and Prime Minister Edward Heath', Warwick Scholarship.

Ronan Mainprize, 'President Johnson, the CIA and Vietnam', Warwick Scholarship.

Chase Johnson, 'Improving Intelligence Oversight through Artificial Intelligence'.