The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

Staff Profile

Ben Coulson

Teaching Fellow


Over the last 10 years I have completed my Bachelors( History and Politics), Masters (Critical Geopolitics) and PhD here at Newcastle University. Before that I completed most of my schooling in Thailand at 2 international schools.

Follow me on twitter: @benjcoulson


I completed my ESRC funded PhD on US Foreign Policy and China in August 2017. It was entitled "Identity, Capital, Geopolitics: US Presidential Discourses of China from 1844 to 2016". 

My research interests include US foreign policy, US politics, the political economy of US foreign policy, US-China relations, foreign policy analysis, geopolitics, IR theory and the relationship between popular culture and world politics specifically how speculative fiction addresses climate change. 


Current Teaching

I am Module Leader on 3 UG modules this year.

POL1046: Order and Disorder: The Shaping of the 21st Century 

POL2078: Critical International Politics

POL3104: The Fall and Rise of China

I have previously taught on these modules and last year I taught at UG and MA level at Durham University. 


2017 Awarded the Newcastle University Students’ Union Teaching Excellence Award for the ‘Postgraduate Student Who Teaches of the Year’ Category

2018 Nominated for Newcastle University Students' Union Teaching Excellence Award for the 'Postgraduate Student Who Teaches of the Year' Category