My main teaching responsibilities at present are: International Relations Theory (POL251), our second year core-
course for IR BA students and Politics of Southeast Asia (POL381), a research-led, third-year undergraduate module.
I am also supervising BA, MA and PhD dissertations. Details of these courses can be found on the School of Politics
and International Relations webpage.
In the past I also taught courses at Oxford on Post-Cold War International Relations, IR in the Cold War, IR in the Era
of Two World Wars, and the IR of Southeast Asia, among others. While at Oxford I was heavily involved in developing
better support for graduate student teachers and produced a webpage of resources for their benefit, which is archived
here. The links include guidance on course design, my old reading lists, cover sheets and feedback forms, and other
items of potential interest.
Following the completion of my teaching portfolio - ‘Mind the Gap: Using Formative Assessment to Narrow Perception
Gaps in Tutorial Teaching’ - I was made a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2008.
I would be delighted to supervise doctoral theses in the following areas:
Chinese foreign and security policy
the international politics of Southeast Asia and the Asia-Pacific
the politics of sovereignty and intervention
international economic sanctions
historical sociology, historical materialism, political economy and international relations
state-society relations and international politics
global or regional governance
I am happy to discuss ideas with prospective students - please email me with a short (2,000 word) research proposal
and your CV. However, for procedural information on how to apply for doctoral studies at Queen Mary, please see the
My previous PhD students:
Dr Boonwara Sumano: Explaining the Liberalisation of Professional Migration in ASEAN - passed Dec 2013
Dr Tong Zhang: The Profession of Chinese Bureaucrats: A Biographical Case Study of Members in State
Council Executive Meeting - visiting from Renmin University - passed Dec 2016
Dr Lan Katarina Schippers: Aid for Trade as Contested State-Building Intervention: The Cases of Laos and
Vietnam - passed Dec 2017