Dr Rubrick Biegon

Lecturer in International Relations,
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Dr Rubrick Biegon


Rubrick was appointed Lecturer in International Relations in 2018. He has convened modules on US foreign policy, international political economy, international security, terrorism and political violence, and foreign policy analysis, among other subjects.

Prior to coming to Kent to complete his PhD, Rubrick worked as an analyst and consultant with several organisations in Washington, DC. He holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Minnesota and an MA in International Politics from the American University’s School of International Service. He currently serves as the lead editor of Global Society, an interdisciplinary journal of international studies published by Taylor & Francis.

Rubrick’s main areas of research explore the political violence and political economy of US power in international relations. He is the author of US Power in Latin America: Renewing Hegemony (2017). He is currently working on two book projects: a co-authored history of the US War on Terror (with Agenda publishing); and a research monograph on remote warfare and American hegemony (with McGill-Queen's University Press).  

Research interests

  • US foreign policy
  • Remote warfare
  • Populism and anti-populism in foreign policy
  • The international relations of the Americas
  • The politics of trade
  • US counterterrorism 



  • POLI3000: States and the World
  • POLI5630: Foreign Policy: Systems, States, and Leaders



Rubrick is interested in supervising PhD students in his research areas, particularly projects related to US foreign policy, US-Latin American relations, international security, remote warfare, and populism and foreign policy, among other topics.

Current PhD Students

  • Marwa Wasfy - 'NATO Heading South: A Re-examination of the Transatlantic Security Community after the Arab Spring' (co-supervisor)
  • Louise Tiessen - citizenship, denationalization, deradicalization and reintegration of ISIS returnees (second supervisor)
  • Juan Restrepo Velez - neoclassical realism and US foreign policy towards Brazil (first supervisor)

Past PhD Students

  • Carmen Chas - 'At the Vanishing Point of International Law: A Classical Realist Analysis of Arms Control and Disarmament' (second supervisor)


Among other professional bodies and associations, Rubrick is a member of the following:

  • UK Higher Education Academy
  • International Studies Association (ISA)
  • European International Studies Association (EISA)
  • British International Studies Association (BISA) and affiliated working groups
  • American Politics Group (APG) of the Political Studies Association
  • British Association for American Studies (BAAS)
  • Society for Latin American Studies (SLAS)
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