The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

Staff Profile

Dr Michael Barr

Senior Lecturer in International Politics

Background

Roles and Responsibilities

School Director of Excellence in Learning and Teaching
Co-Convenor, BISA Learning and Teaching Working Group
Associate Editor, Politics (PSA)
Degree Programme Director for Politics and Economics (2011-2013)
Politics Subject Advisor for Combined Honours (2011-2013)

Background

I am a native of Pennsylvania. I came to England for postgraduate study in 1998 after teaching for several years in Jiangxi, China and Luxor, Egypt.

Qualifications

PhD: University of Durham: Philosophy
MA: University of Durham: Theology
BA: York College of Pennslyvania: International Politics

Previous Positions

2004-2006: BIOS Centre, London School of Economics: Research Fellow
2001-2004: PEALS, University of Newcastle: Research Associate

Languages

Mandarin Chinese: intermediate

Research

Research Interests

interdisciplinarity; autoethnography and narrative; global commons; China; biosecurity and bioethics; environmental politics

Postgraduate Supervision

I am currently supervising four PhD students in Politics, working on: i) US construction of Chinese identity (Ben Coulson); ii) the soft power of small states (Sarina Theys); iii) the rise of China as represented through US television (Cheng Qian); iv) the politics and framing of the Cultural Revolution (Yuanyuan Liu). I've successfully supervised two PhDs with timely completions: Ji-Jen Hwang on cybersecurity (2012) and Andrew Campion on energy security (2014).

Esteem Indicators

Nominated for Newcastle Teaching Award for Innovative Methods, 2013

Nominated for Vice-Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award and Student Union LATE Teaching Award, 2012

Contributor to Dual Use Bioethics Educational Module Resource, an open access resource to support life scientists and educators in learning about biosecurity, 2010

HASS Faculty Futures participant, 2008/09.

Visiting Fellow, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences/Peking Union Medical College (Xiehe Yiyuan), Spring 2008

Funding

Biosecurity Capacity Building in China, UK Foreign Office, 2012-13

Newcastle University HASS Faculty REF Fund, 2010

Alfred P Sloan Foundation, Sustaining a Global Network for Biosecurity: The Life Sciences and Dual Use Research, collaboration on grant with PI Dr Brian Rappert (Exeter), and Prof Malcolm Dando (Bradford), 2009-2010

UK-China Fellowship of Excellence, Department of Innovation, Universities, and Skills, 2008.

Wellcome Witness Seminar: Medical Ethics Education in Britain 1963-1993. Oral history conference funds, 2006.

Wellcome Trust Biomedical Ethics Grant. A comparative study of participation and non-participation in the North Cumbria Community Genetics project (with Haimes as PI), 2001-2003.

Teaching

Undergraduate Teaching
POL3104 The Fall & Rise of China (Module Leader)

Postgraduate Teaching
POL8055 The 'I' in IR: Autoethnography and Political Storytelling (Module Leader)

Previous Teaching
POL1046 Order and Disorder: The Shaping of the 21st Century (2011-2014)
POL1032 Studying Political Economy (2010-2014)
POL2084 Contemporary Chinese Politics (2009-2013)
POL8052 The Rise of China (2010-2014)
POL1045 Truth, Lies and Politics: Research Methods (2011-2012)

Publications