About Me


I am a Senior Lecturer / Associate Professor, researcher and author specialising in China and India’s rise to worldwide importance, and the study of great power politics, foreign policy and nationalism.  Based at the University of St Andrews, I work as a public intellectual who shares my longstanding expertise with a range of audiences, in order to improve their understanding of important dynamics in the contemporary world.

Building engagement on topics of global significance, I actively enhance our appreciation of current affairs in a compelling, energetic and interesting manner.  Driven by a deep curiosity and enthusiasm, My WritingPublic Engagement and Media activities collectively aim to enrich our awareness, knowledge and thinking as a society.  I am currently developing a range of ideas concerning Hindu nationalism, the political history of modern India, the rise of great powers, authoritarianism in global politics, and China’s coming world order.

A high calibre researcher, I work in a variety of challenging environments, displaying excellent interpersonal skills, initiative and decisiveness.  Highly self-motivated and driven, I thrive in dynamic and creative working environments, and have protracted experience across South Asia, East Asia and South East Asia – including carrying out extensive interviewing and doing research in national archives.

Driven by strong personal integrity and loyalty, to all my work I bring the strong verve and zeal that I have for teaching, to enable the clear presentation and explanation of topics and arguments, as well as to cultivate self-confidence in my audience.  Through well-established organisational abilities and intellectual flexibility, coupled with excellent time management skills, I always deliver my projects on schedule.

When not working, I try to learn Greek, and am a frequent visitor to Athens and the Cyclades.  Apart from travelling, I pursue a love of film noir, documentaries and literature.  Additionally I am an ad hoc photographer, Pilates student, junglist and vinyl enthusiast, and am involved in several music projects.  I currently live in Edinburgh with my partner and two sons.