Tom is a final year PhD candidate in International Relations with research specialisations in American foreign policy, military assistance programs, and Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems. His thesis asks what the Obama administration’s military response against al-Qaeda’s regional affiliates in the Arabian Peninsula, the Horn of Africa and the Sahel tells us about the means and goals of contemporary U.S. military intervention in the global south. Working within the historical materialist tradition, it advances a more critical reading of these processes which places military assistance programs and the reproduction of ‘closed frontiers and open-doors’ at the centre of its analysis.
A previous chair of the BISA Post-Graduate Network (2017/2018), Tom has won two teaching prizes for his work on the American Contemporary Politics and Government in the United States module: the 2017 University of Kent Social Sciences Seminar Leader Teaching Prize and the 2018 BISA Postgraduate Excellence in Teaching International Studies Prize.
Since February 2018, he has also been a research assistant on Dr Ingvild Bode’s project on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems and International Norms.
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2017 Defining Remote Warfare: Security Cooperation, Remote Warfare Project (Co-authored with Rubrick Biegon)
2017 Trump & Me: Critical Reflection as a Postgraduate who Teaches. BISA PGN Teaching Blog Series.
2016 On the Iraq War, Trump has started to sound like Obama circa 2008. The Conversation
2016 If Donald Trump takes control of the US drone fleet … The Conversation
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Tom’s thesis asks what the Obama administration’s military response against al-Qaeda’s regional affiliates tell us about the evolving means and goals of U.S. military intervention in the global south. Addressing a series of gaps within the existing IR and U.S. foreign policy literatures, it advances an alternative reading of both how the Obama administration intervened in and around Africa (an increasingly key site of U.S. imperialism) and what the objectives of their intervention were.
Beyond his thesis, which will be submitted in September 2018, Tom is currently working on a series of single and co-authored publications around his broader research interests in military assistance programs, the evolving practices of U.S. military intervention in the global south, and Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems.back to top
Teaching & Student Support
Tom has previously taught modules
- PO617 Contemporary Politics and Government in the United States,
- PO327 Introduction to Comparative Politics,
- PO630 Politics of The Middle East
- PO311 Politics and Popular Culture in Modern Japan
He has won multiple teaching prizes including the 2017 University of Kent Social Sciences Seminar Leader Teaching Prize and the 2018 BISA Postgraduate Excellence In Teaching International Studies Prize. During this time he also co-edited the BISA Postgraduate Teaching Blog and presented elements of his pedagogy on the Teaching and Learning Panel at the 2018 BISA annual Conference.
Tom has also worked at the POLIR Skills-Hub, providing one-on-one postural support to students on a range of different academic issues ranging from how to structure essays, apply for postgraduate study, and manage the dissertation writing process.
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