Academic Life

I am currently a Senior Lecturer / Associate Professor in Asian Security in the globally-renowned School of International Relations at the University of St Andrews.  I have held a permanent tenured position since 2010 prior to completing my PhD concerning Hindu Nationalism & the Evolution of Indian Security at the University of Edinburgh in 2011.

My main research interests concern contemporary great power politics and Hindu nationalism, as well as the interplay between national identity, security and domestic politics in East Asia (primarily China) & South Asia (primarily India).  I also engage with the analytical uses of social psychology in International Relations.  Through my Books and Other Writing, I have produced several single-authored books, edited volumes, journal articles, book chapters, dictionaries and policy briefings on these subjects, and regularly engage in extensive Media and Public Engagement activities.

I have previously taught at the University of Edinburgh, the University of Glasgow and Durham University, as well as the Chinese University of Hong Kong.  I am recognised as a Fellow of the UK’s Higher Education Academy (HEA); and have been appointed as a Research Fellow with the Foreign Policy Centre (FPC), as an Honorary Fellow in the Centre for South Asian Studies (CSAS), and as a Visiting Scholar at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.  In 2018, I founded the European Scholars of South Asian International Relations (ESSAIR) research network.