The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

Staff Profile

Professor Kyle Grayson

Professor in Security, Politics, and Culture


Roles and Responsibilities

Acting Head of the School of Geography, Politics, and Sociology


Ph.D. in Political Science (York University, Canada)

MA in Political Science (York University, Canada)

BAH in Political Studies (Queen's University, Canada)

Journal Editorships

Associate Editor: Critical Studies on Security (Routledge)

From 2012-18 I was a co-editor of POLITICS (SAGE)

Book Series Editorships 

Popular Culture and World Politics (Routledge)


Secretary and Conference Programme Chair for the British International Studies Association (2017-2020)



Teaching Awards and Nominations

2013: Multiple Teaching Excellence Award Nominations for Contribution to Outstanding Feedback; Contribution to Pastoral Support (shortlisted finalist); Postgraduate Taught Supervisor of the Year; and Postgraduate Research Supervisor of the Year.

2012: Learning and Teaching Excellence Award Nomination for Innovative Teaching Methods of the Year 

2011-12: University Teaching Learning and Student Experience Innovation Fund Award for Undergraduate Teaching 


Research Interests

political violence, popular culture and world politics, aesthetics, critical geopolitics, international political sociology

Current Work

Current research projects include political representations in children's literature and scopic regimes in international relations.

Research Video

Drones and the International

Recent Research Publications 

Sound Matters: How Sonic Formations Shape the Nuclear Deterrence and Non-Proliferation Regimes (open access)

Scopic regimes and the visual turn in International Relations

Capturing the multiplicities of resilience through popular geopolitics

Cultural Politics of Targeted Killing: On Drones, Counter-Insurgency, and Violence

'Six Theses on Targeted Killing'

'The ambivalence of assassination: Biopolitics, culture, and political violence'

'How to Read Paddington Bear: Liberalism and the Foreign Subject in A Bear Called Paddington'

Postgraduate Supervision

critical security studies, popular culture, critical geopolitics, international political sociology


International Studies Association, UK Political Studies Association, the British Academy, and the Aid to Scholarly Publications Program, Canadian Federation for Humanities and Social Sciences.