The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

Staff Profile

Dr Kyle Grayson

Reader in Security, Politics, and Culture


Roles and Responsibilities

PGR (PhD) Programme Director

Co-Leader of the International Politics Research Cluster


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)

Book Series Editorships 

Popular Culture and World Politics (Routledge)

Disciplinary Association Roles

Honorary 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 

Postgraduate Teaching

POL 8044: Critical Geopolitics (Module Leader)

POL 8048: World Politics and Popular Culture (The Politics of Hip-Hop)


Research Interests

political violence, popular culture and world politics, visuality, critical geopolitics

Current Work

Current research projects include analyses of the politics of targeted killing, political representations in children's literature (with a specific focus on Paddington Bear), and visual politics more generally.

Research Video

Drones and the International

Recent Research Publications 

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