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

From 07/2019 I will be the Head of Subject Area for Politics.


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)

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)


Research Interests

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

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 

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