Politics and International Relations (US Politics) - MA / MRes
Despite challenges to its global dominance from China and Russia, the US is widely considered the sole superpower of our multi-polar world, a vital force in international politics and source of fascination to outside observers. On this course, one of the few postgraduate programmes in the UK focused on US politics, you can delve into the personalities and power behind the Oval Office or explore the impact of the iconic civil rights movement on American culture and politics. You’ll conduct research alongside our leading political scientists, including specialists on the US Presidency and developments in US criminal justice policy.
Month of entry
- September, January
Mode of study
- Full time, Part time
- Politics and International Relations
Fees for 2023/24 academic year
- UK - Full time £8,900 per year. Part time £4,900 per year.
International - £17,700 per year.
Duration of study
- Full time 1 year, Part time 2 years
Please note: this course is no longer accepting applications from international students for January 2023 entry
Why study Politics and International Relations (US Politics) at Keele University?
With a GDP of $20.93 trillion and military budget of $778 billion in 2020, the United States (US) has the world’s largest economy and by far the biggest defense spend. This, coupled with its strong international and military alliances, gives the Presidency a level of political and economic influence that makes it arguably the most powerful country in the world.
Domestic political division, competition and corruption, however, has led to frustration among the American public. As rivals China and Russia make a play for power, while Washington DC and the statehouses struggle to do the same, never has there been a more exciting time to study US politics.
There is an increasing demand in government, non-profits and academia for professionals skilled in politics and international relations – two subject specialisms in which Keele has enjoyed a longstanding reputation for teaching and research excellence.
International relations has been taught here for over 50 years, founded by Professor Alan James, one of the first chairs of the British International Studies Association. While some of the best known political scientists in the UK and Europe have worked at Keele since the 1950s, including Samuel Finer, Jean Blondel, Hugh Berrington and Jack Hayward.
The flexible structure of our suite of MA/MRes Politics and International Relations programmes provides a high degree of focus, enabling you to engage with specific issues and carry out research into subjects of interest and relevance. You can build a tailored, systematic programme of study, choosing from our diverse collection of four different pathways – in Global Security, Politics, US Politics and International Relations – as well as a wide range of module choices. We also offer an MSc in International Diplomacy.
On this US Politics pathway, you can explore the differences between East and West in more depth, considering the structures, ideologies, influences and processes that affect national governance, politics, public policy, culture and society. You can dig deeper into the past and present ‘POTUS’ personalities, their highs and lows, perceived failures, and why the US presidential elections captivate public interest around the world.
Sharing experiences and studying alongside students from all the world, you’ll become part of a dynamic academic community, which benefits from small class sizes, strong student-staff relations and expert research supervision. As well as the in-depth research carried out for your dissertation, the action research project allows you to investigate a specific issue or topic of relevance to your chosen pathway, for example, examining how the UK public views American gun culture or whether alt-right US ideas are entering UK politics.
We also offer stimulating programme of extra-curricular seminars and workshops, which provide important opportunities for learning, networking and collegial debate on contemporary political and global issues. Previous high profile speakers have included the High Commissioner of the Republic of Maldives discussing diplomacy and climate change, and the Ministry of Defence’s Deputy Chief of Defence Intelligence on the challenges of assessing intelligence.
The course is likely to be of interest to a wide range of graduates and professionals interested in pursuing research or professional careers related to development, social policy, governance, diplomacy, advocacy, security and communications. The MRes in particular, with its greater focus on research, provides an excellent foundation for further research, doctoral (PhD) training or academia, here in the UK, Europe or the rest of the world.
The MA/MRes in Politics and International Relations develops your critical understanding of the relationships between politics, knowledge and power in the world. It aims to equip you with the knowledge and skills to apply different research methodologies and research strategies to make positive contributions to contemporary policy, issues and debate.
You will complete 180 credits, which includes three compulsory core taught modules (60 credits), four optional modules (60 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits). There are two interim awards available, depending on how many modules have been successfully completed: a Postgraduate Certificate for any two modules (60 credits); and a Postgraduate Diploma for all four taught modules (120 credits).
The programme uses a pathway structure to achieve the twin aims of research training and subject specialisation. Within the compulsory modules, you will have the flexibility and opportunity to choose a pathway module specific to the area you are most interested in. Optional modules complement the compulsory core modules and provide you with access to in-depth scholarly debates, leading theoretical perspectives, and relevant practical issues, in particular pathway-specific topics.
While the MA and the MRes have similar overall aims, the MRes has a higher component of dedicated research training modules designed to equip you with the additional skills required to carry out research in social science. MRes students will also be expected to complete a dissertation which is 15,000-20,000 words in length, compared with 15,000 for MA students.
The course can be studied as either a one-year full-time or two-year part-time course, with a September start date. It also possible to study more flexibly part-time on a modular basis, accumulating degree credits by taking individual modules over a period of maximum of five years.
On both the MA and the MRes programme, you must study the core Research in Action module.
- PIR-40095 Research in Action (15 credits)
Setting the scene for your master’s programme, this module provides an in-depth and hands-on advanced introduction to the various ways in which advanced empirical research in the social sciences is designed and conducted. You’ll be given an overview of key research methodologies and the different approaches to evidence and data gathering, including interviews, focus groups, questionnaires, documents and texts, as well as the ethical considerations when carrying out such activity. Staff currently engaged in research will offer guidance about the suitability of certain design methods, sharing their experiences of good practice and potential pitfalls. Working in small teams, you’ll then design and conduct your own small-scale practical research project. Students on the US Politics pathway have previously, for example, investigated how UK citizens view Trump and Obama and whether UK party leaning matters.
On both the MA and the MRes programme, you must study the core Advanced Approaches to Politics and International Relations module.
- PIR-40132 Advanced Approaches to Politics and International Relations (30 credits)
In preparation for your dissertation, this module provides an overview of the philosophies, assumptions and approaches underlying the study of Politics and International Relations topics. It aims to equip you with the knowledge and skills to handle different concepts, frameworks and methods (normative and analytical) and use these in the generation of knowledge for your research project. Adopting an intensive workshop approach, you will examine how scholars have approached the issues of what to study and how to study, and the ways in which these issues are bound up with historical and current power structures within the world. For example, considering the nature of social science knowledge or key trends in Politics and International Relations, such as rational choice theory, game theory, institutional theory chaos and complexity theory.
SEMESTERS 1 & 2
For the MA, you must study one core pathway-specific module in either Semester 1 or 2.
- PIR-40119 Race and Justice: Civil Rights in the US (US Politics pathway)
The 1960s American Civil Rights Movement is one of the most iconic protest movements for political and social equality in recent history. The fight for legal and social equality for black people in the United States (US) greatly influenced further fights for equality for other racial or ethnic groups, women, and the disabled. It continues to influence protest movements throughout the world. But, despite its successes, discrimination remains a major issue. On this module, you will examine discrimination, inequality and civil rights from the second half of the 20th Century. You will also explore the state of civil rights law and the extent to which the courts have effectively enforced social change, using legal cases and case studies to analyse the state of civil rights in the US today.
- PIR-40130 The US Presidency and Public Policy (US Politics pathway)
The US Presidency is a phenomenally high-profile institution, yet its power is constrained in a range of ways. This module considers how a Bush, Obama or Trump should be studied by researchers. How much attention is the role of the individual worth? Can the institution's behaviour be understood regardless of which individual occupies the Oval Office? What forces shape presidential behaviour – systemic, electoral, partisan, intellectual? Using a swathe of contemporary research, you will consider the different ways of understanding the Office and its behaviour, particularly with reference to its policymaking powers. You’ll be given a broad introduction to researching the presidency with particular emphasis on the presidency's capacity to change public policy.
- Rethinking Fault-Lines: Beyond the East/West Divide in Global Politics (US Politics pathway)
In the 21st century, the world seems to have become increasingly complex. This module embraces such complexity, challenging a number of mainstream perspectives such as Euro-centrism, neoliberalism, underdevelopment-ism, and brings a critical approach to the study of key structures, actors, dynamics, and processes that define global politics in the 21st century, and taking into account the multiple, fast changing and competing explanations about it.
Optional modules (MA)
On the MA, you will study four additional optional modules, choosing from the remaining pathway-specific modules (above) or the broader range of modules listed below. You can choose to study two optional modules alongside the core pathway-specific module in Semester 1 and the remaining two optional modules in Semester 2. Alternatively, you can opt to study three optional modules in Semester 1 and one optional module, together with the core pathway-specific module, in Semester 2.
- LAW-40046 Human Rights and Global Politics (International Relations pathway)
The overall focus of this module is on exploring evolving political and legal strategies to advance human rights in a global political framework. You will be introduced to the main debates on the ways that political structures shape human rights: the relationship between democratisation, development, human rights and violence; the possible emergence of a global civil society to understanding human rights practices; the expansion and role of transnational human rights monitoring and activism; and the need for an understanding of political violence and terror to assess and address causes of human rights violations. To deepen your understanding of the connections between global and local causes and responses to contemporary human rights issues, you will examine a number of key issues, such as the responsibility to protect (r2p), humanitarian interventions, aid and development, security in the post 9/11 era and more.
- PIR-40093 The Changing International Agenda (International Relations pathway)
In the period since the end of the Second World War, we have witnessed radical shifts in the nature of the international system, such as the rise and fall of the Cold War, the birth of the UN, European decolonisation and the 'war on terror'. This module offers an in-depth critical assessment of the development, change and nature of the international system post-1945. Engaging with key themes in contemporary international relations, you will explore the reasons underlying these transformations: the policies made within states or non-state actors; how policy makers are constrained by the international system; why various actors behave in the ways that they do; and the implications of their actions. You will examine some of key debates that serve to question the contemporary nature of the international system, such as the legitimacy of humanitarian intervention, the meaning of the 'war on terror', and whether globalisation makes nation states irrelevant.
- LAW-40048 Foundations of Human Rights (Politics or International Relations pathway)
Focusing on gender, sexuality, race, class, ethnicity, religion and power in relation to human rights, you will develop a practical and theoretical understanding of human rights law, politics and philosophy at domestic, regional and international levels. You will explore historical, philosophical and structural aspects of human rights, including Enlightenment perspectives, theories of rights/history of rights theory, universalism/relativism debates, sovereignty and non-intervention concerns and other ‘structural’ issues pertinent to international law and relations. This broad foundation module provides a background in which to study and critique human rights theory and practice.
- PIR-40096 Comparative European Politics (Politics pathway)
You’ll explore the nature and role of fundamental political structures in Europe, including electoral systems, political parties, executives and legislature, and the ways in which these structures, and the actors within them, interact. Employing both classic and contemporary theoretical and empirical approaches to comparative European politics, you will examine the processes behind behind the socio-political and electoral changes that have taken place in Europe, such as declining political loyalty, falling turnout levels and decreasing trust in parties and democracy. In doing so, you will assess the consequences that these changes have had on European politics and democracy, and the challenges they pose to states, institutions and citizens.
- Environmental Public Policy (Politics pathway)
This module will provide you with an overview of key concepts, debates, processes and discourses in relation to environmental public policy in the UK. Issues such as GM crops, wind-farms and nuclear energy, which have provoked significant controversy and protest, will be analysed and unpacked.
- PIR-40088 The Theory of Global Security (Global Security pathway)
Engaging with key concepts like threat, risk, securitisation and vulnerability, this module offers an advanced introduction to the analysis of global security, from classical International Relations theory to what is known as Critical Security Studies. You will be exposed to the main theoretical traditions through which security has been understood since the end of World War II, focusing in particular on the post-Cold War period, and how shifting conceptions of security are allied to shifting understandings of the state, society, the economy, and culture. Through a range of seminar activities, including group discussion, you will engage critically with contemporary debates on security studies. Recently, for example, students have considered the nature of the history, language and space of security.
- PIR-40126 Maritime Security (Global Security pathway)
Recent technological developments, changes in international law, environmental concerns and the emergence of maritime economies has radically altered our understanding of sea space. The sea is no longer a planar surface upon which wealth and naval power moves between states, it is now a place of wealth, a space ripe for commercial and scientific exploitation, a home in need of conservation. We have witnessed over the past few years the publication of maritime security strategies, an unprecedented territorialisation of sea space and an exponential increase in the quantity of ocean boundaries. This module takes you through the legal, historical and economic aspects of these developments and changes and explores the theory and practice of securing a vast, three-dimensional, fluid and dynamic environment. You'll be introduced to novel analytical methods, which demonstrate how the political can be revealed through the study of space.
- PIR-40126 War, Memory and Popular Culture (Global Security pathway)
This module examines key issues in the study of war and memory. It examines reasons why states go to war, and considers interpretations as to how violence is perpetrated and why and how militaries train service personnel to kill. Using key historical examples, such as the Second World War, Vietnam War and Falklands War, you will examine how wars have been commemorated and represented in popular culture, how remembrance and commemoration work to foreground some experiences and silence others, how national identity relates to war and how ideas and practices of war are shaped by gender. You'll be introduced to critical interpretations of what war means and why it matters; and how understandings of war should be central to understandings of international relations today.
- PIR-40138 Crises, Conflict and Diplomacy
This module critically analyses the role of diplomacy in addressing contemporary conflicts. Focusing on diplomatic practices, processes, the various diplomatic actors, their conduct and eventual outcomes, you will investigate the changing nature of diplomacy. In particular, you’ll consider how varied diplomatic actors – states, international and regional organisations – have attempted to resolve conflict through diplomacy, and how diplomacy shaped the outcomes of these crises. Using in-depth case studies, such as the Ethiopia Tigray Conflict and the effect of sanctions in the Kosovo conflict, you will explore diplomatic practice in a range of international settings, giving you practical insight into how negotiations and mediations evolve in different cases. To help you better understand the intricacies of negotiation, mediation and its effect on conflict resolution, you’ll participate in a simulation exercise to negotiate a peace agreement.
- PIR-40106 Dimensions of Environmental Politics
You will be introduced to the main facets of environmental politics, gaining an broad overview of key concepts, debates, processes and discourses in relation to the political dynamics of ‘The environment’. You will explore three key questions in environmental politics: How did ‘The environment’ come to be seen as a political question? How have political institutions responded to what have been called environmental problems? What are the challenges such problems individually or collectively pose for existing political structures, institutions, and practices, and the theoretical presumptions underlying them. This module will provide you with a good general understanding across the field, should you wish to specialise in greater depth, for example, in your dissertation.
- LAW-40047 Equality, Discrimination and Minorities
This module focuses on the main issues of equality and discrimination in international human rights policy and practice. Using the thematic of religion, race, ethnicity and caste/descent, you will examine and critique particular inequalities in international human rights policy and practice, such as geographical and governance inequalities. Exploring equality issues through particular case studies, you will analyse UK and comparative perspectives of global and regional norms on race discrimination, for example, rights of caste groups, minorities and indigenous peoples, and standards on prevention and punishment of genocide. You will reflect on the ways in which aspects of a person’s social and political identities combine to create different modes of discrimination and privilege, for example, the intersectional ties of gender and indigenous peoples/minorities, and gender and sexuality.
- PIR-40136 International Diplomacy
The aim of this module is to provide an overview of the field of diplomatic studies, introducing you to the ideas and concepts of contemporary diplomacy and the ways this relates to the complex process of policy making, both domestic and international. Focusing on non-Western cases and non-traditional actors, it offers a cutting-edge approach to the study of diplomacy, examining the evolution of the field of diplomatic studies, diplomacy within states, between states and citizens. You will look at how diplomacy is conducted and regulated across a range of international transactions, including negotiation, multinational conferences, the creation of international organisations, the evolution of international trade, covert diplomacy and international norms and regulations.
Optional modules (MRes)
For the MRes, you study three optional modules in Semester 1. In Semester 2, you must study one of the following compulsory research-specific modules. You can choose the other as one of your optional choices in Semester 1, along with other other module options listed for the MA.
- GRT-40020 Quantitative Research and Data Analysis (15 credits)
The module provides a comprehensive introduction to the principles and practices of quantitative social science research. You’ll become familiar with the different ways in which statistical, mathematical, or numerical data is collected and evaluated, through polls, questionnaires, and surveys, or by manipulating pre-existing statistical data using computational techniques. You’ll also learn to evaluate and appraise these methods to assess their suitability in relation to the question of causality, for example, or in addressing problems of operationalisation and theories of sampling. Practical work will include questionnaire design, data analysis and the writing of a quantitative research design. You’ll also gain hands-on experience of SPSS software, which is widely used in the analysis of quantitative data sets.
- GRT-40021 Qualitative Research Methods (15 credits)
Through discussion of the principles and practices of qualitative social research, this module provides a solid overview of the wide range of qualitative methods used in social science research. You will examine how qualitative methodologies inform research design and learn to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of different forms of investigation, such as in-depth interviews, focus groups, participant observation, or visual (artistic) research. You’ll be introduced to associated methods of data capture, including field notes, audio and/or video recordings, and transcripts, gaining practical experience of the same NVivo software used by qualitative researchers in the management and analysis of qualitative data.
SEMESTERS 2 & 3
- PIR-40105 Dissertation (60 credits)
Researching and writing a master’s dissertation provides an exciting opportunity to examine and investigate in considerable depth a specific topic, question or issue, working under the supervision of an expert in your chosen field of interest. In order to graduate with a degree in your chosen pathway, you must undertake a dissertation on a topic that falls within the subject remit of that pathway, in this case International Relations. You will design, conduct research and produce a dissertation of 15,000 words in length for the MA and 15,000-20,000 for MRes. Recent topics covered by students on this pathway have included how UK citizens view Trump and Obama and whether UK party leaning matters, how the UK public views American gun culture, and whether alt-right US ideas are entering UK politics.
"The school is a diverse school and allows you to fully experience all of the benefits of studying at Keele. After finishing my Masters' degree I began working in Keele Students' Union helping run democratic events and elections for students, and was able to make full use of my degree when looking for employment. Being a student was incredible fun, getting to focus on the fields I was interested in but also learning about so many areas, learning from academics passionate about their work and alongside students from all over the world."
ACADEMIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
You should have a first or a good second-class honours degree or it's equivalent. Your undergraduate degree should be in Politics, International Relations or any social science subject (e.g Law or Sociology), or a humanities subject (e.g History, Philosophy, English, or Modern languages).
ENGLISH LANGUAGE ENTRY REQUIREMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
Where English is not a first language, evidence of english language competence will be required (IELTS 6.5 or equivalent, with a minimum of 5.5 in each sub-test).
Some travel costs may be incurred if an external project or placement is undertaken; any such costs will be discussed with the student before the project is confirmed. It may be possible for the student to select an internal project and that would not incur any additional travel costs. There may be additional costs for textbooks and inter-library loans.
Keele University is located on a beautiful campus and has all the facilities of a small town. Student accommodation, shops, restaurants and cafes are all within walking distance of the teaching buildings. This is a very cost effective way to live and to reduce your living costs.
SCHOLARSHIPS AND FUNDING
We are committed to rewarding excellence and potential. Please visit our Scholarships and Bursaries webpage for more information.
Please note, if your course offers a January start date, the January 2023 start date falls in the 2022/23 academic year. Please see the 2022/23 academic year fees for the relevant fees for starting this course in January 2023.
Planning your funding
It's important to plan carefully for your funding before you start your course. Please be aware that not all postgraduate courses and not all students are eligible for the UK government postgraduate loans and, in some cases, you would be expected to source alternative funding yourself. If you need support researching your funding options, please contact our Financial Support Team.
The advanced research and cross-cultural communication skills you develop on this course, together with a critical insight into global concerns, politics, economics, governance and advocacy, place you in an excellent position to pursue a wide range of careers in the public, private and voluntary sectors.
You could work for a political party, campaign or lobby group or pursue advisory and management roles in central or local government, charities, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), international organisations, social research organisations, think tanks and universities.
Specialist routes include: diplomacy; public policy; development politics; conflict resolution and mediation; human rights and social justice; environmental politics; sustainable development; international law; international security; and cross-cultural communication.
Our graduates follow a wide range of careers, working for governments, think tanks and NGO's as diplomats, advisors and consultants, as well as moving into broader fields, such as journalism and banking. Many of our alumni return to Keele to share their experiences with current students. Recent speakers, for example, have included a BBC correspondent, former British Ambassador and Governor of the Virgin Islands and former UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Somalia.
Career options include the civil service, politics, public administration, police, finance, IT, law, healthcare, human resources, property development, teaching and training, community and voluntary work. This course is also excellent preparation for doctoral study or careers in research or academia with previous masters students continuing with PhD studies at Keele and other excellent institutions in the UK and elsewhere.
Positions may include:
- Charity officer
- Civil servant
- Diplomatic service officer
- Human resources officer
- Local government officer
- Management consultant
- Market researcher
- Marketing executive
- Policy officer
- Politician’s assistant
- Public affairs consultant
- Public relations officer
- Social research officer
- Social researcher
Teaching, learning and assessment
How you'll be taught
Teaching is delivered via a mixture of large and small group activities, seminars, workshop sessions, and guided independent study. You’ll also receive research training, in preparation for your dissertation, supported and guided throughout by a personal dissertation supervisor, whose academic expertise matches your interests.
Students across the four pathways study core modules together, providing a stimulating learning environment in which you will share experiences and learn about international relations alongside students from all the world. Some may have already worked or have ambitions to work in diplomacy and government, or for organisations like the UN.
You’ll be taught within a tight-knit, supportive community by research specialists, who will offer you their subject-specific knowledge and provide you with the opportunity to develop your own research and study interests. Our focus on contemporary practice means that, whenever possible, you will relate your learning to current events or latest research findings. You’ll develop new ways of thinking and the tools to analyse behaviour and decision making, debating the institutional responses and rhetoric available to, for example, a President in charge when a major incident like 9/11 happens.
The School regularly hosts high profile events, such as the Royal Institute of Philosophy Invited Lectures, as well as the Spotlight series of lectures, focused specifically on international relations. Previous lectures, for example, included a session on careers in the foreign office and what it is really like to be a diplomat, as well as a personal perspective on his 50 years in international development by Sir John Vereker, a Keele graduate and former British civil servant who served as Permanent Secretary for International Development and Governor of Bermuda.
How you'll be assessed
Most modules will be assessed through a diverse range of coursework, including essays, critiques, reports, presentations, a literature review, reflective portfolio, your research proposal and dissertation, which demonstrate your understanding of module content and development of independent research skills, as well as your analytical abilities and your evaluation of particular debates, arguments or ideas.
Keele Postgraduate Association
Keele University is one of a handful of universities in the UK to have a dedicated students' union for postgraduate students. A fully registered charity, Keele Postgraduate Association serves as a focal point for the social life and welfare needs of all postgraduate students during their time at Keele.
Hugely popular, the KPA Clubhouse (near Horwood Hall) provides a dedicated postgraduate social space and bar on campus, where you can grab a bite to eat and drink, sit quietly and read a book, or switch off from academic life at one of the many regular events organised throughout the year. The KPA also helps to host a variety of conferences, as well as other academic and career sessions, to give you and your fellow postgraduates the opportunities to come together to discuss your research, and develop your skills and networks.
Keele was one of the first universities in the UK to offer a degree in international relations in the 1970s and we remain one of the principal concentrations of specialists in this country. Our current staff have internationally recognised teaching and research expertise in the areas of security studies, international history, international political economy and development, and political and international relations theory. Specialisms include the Middle East, the Balkans and Turkey, Europe, Africa and America.
Our academics seek answers to some of the world’s biggest philosophical questions, to unpick and understand political thought and political action, and interpret and explain complex, global political events.
Research within the Centre for Global Studies covers various aspects of global politics, particularly global security, international development, and war, culture and society. War, a central problem of international relations, is a key focus, with research that examines relations between militaries and society, nationalisms, emotions and war, and legacies of conflicts. We are also interested in critical security studies, international development, environmental politics, state building, and emotions in international relations.
CREATe, the Centre for Research on Environmental Action and Thought, brings together academics and postgraduate students who research environmental politics with a particular focus on action and thought. Every two years, we host the Environmental Politics and Policy Summer School for the European Consortium for Political Research, which brings together 20 international PhD students and leading academics for two weeks of intensive study on the latest research.
Teaching team includes:
Dr Jon Herbert (US Politics pathway lead), Senior Lecture - Jon's areas of expertise include US Presidency (rhetoric and communication, policy leadership, executive power), although he has broader interests in both public policy and US government as a whole. He is particularly interested in how presidents choose to govern and what constrains their ability to get things done.
Professor John Vogler, Professorial Research Fellow in International Relations – John has a long-term interest in the international relations of the environment and the problems of international cooperation. His research includes international environmental regimes, governance of the global commons (the oceans, Antarctica, outer space and the atmosphere), and external relations of the European Union. His recent work has focused on the international politics of climate change.
Dr Linda Åhäll, Honorary Fellow (International Relations) – Linda’s research concerns the interplay between gender politics and ideas about violence and security, often through popular culture. She is also interested in the politics of emotions and visual global politics more broadly, above all in relation to methods and critical methodologies.
Professor Bülent Gökay, Professor of International Relations – An experienced historical and political-economy analysist who has conducted extensive archival research, literature reviews and textual analysis, Bülent’s research expertise has been built across two interrelated strands: the political and social history of post-WWI settlements, and political-economy analysis of resource competition in Eurasia.
Dr Lorna Lloyd, Honorary Senior Research Fellow (International Relations) – Lorna’s current research focuses on the emergence onto the international stage of former parts of the British Empire and their relations with each other. A Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, she has been Convenor of the British International Studies Association’s (BISA) Group on Diplomacy; twice chaired the International Law Section of the US-based International Studies Association (ISA); sat on the ISA’s Governing Council and Executive Committee; and recently served for a dozen years on the committee of BISA’s British International History Group.
Dr Moran Mandelbaum, Lecturer in International Relations – Moran’s research lies at the intersection of nations and nationalism, political theory, and critical approaches to international relations and security, with a focus on Israel/Palestine. He has published research papers on homonationalism in Israeli society, on the relationship between nationalism and insecurity, and on the nation/state in modernity and international relations theory.
The School of Social, Political and Global Studies brings together multidisciplinary academics in Criminology, Education, International Relations, Philosophy, Politics and Sociology, whose research is internationally respected for its theoretical innovations and relevance to applications in the real world.
Teaching usually takes place in the Chancellor's building on the main campus, giving you easy access to lecture and seminar rooms, library facilities and computer laboratories as appropriate.