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 School’s webpage.
My current PhD students are:
Lan Katarina Schippers: Internalisation of external interests and the strategic dimensions of statehood: The
impact of trade-related technical assistance on the Lao and Vietnamese forms of state.