Dr Jack Holland

Dr Jack Holland


I studied at Cambridge, Birmingham, Warwick and Queensland.

I first worked at Leeds in 2009-2010, as a temporary lecturer, returning in 2016 as Associate Professor. In the interim, I worked as Lecturer and then Senior Lecturer at the University of Surrey, where I was also Subject Leader for Politics. At Leeds, I am Academic Group Leader for International Relations and Security, and Co-Director for the Centre for Secuity Studies. 

The ESRC, AHRC, Leverhulme Trust, and EU have funded my research. Amongst other things, this enabled me to spend several months working as a British Research Council Fellow at the US Library of Congress.


  • Academic Group Leader for International Relations and Security

Research interests

I am the author of editor of six books and I have published in journals such as European Jounal of International Relations, International Political Sociology, and Review of International Studies. 

I research:

  • US, UK, and Australian foreign and security policy;
  • Critical (primarily constructivist) approaches in security and terrorism;
  • the role of language, identity, popular culture, domestic politics, and strategic agency in the foreign policy process.

I’m currently researching:

  • Trump' foreign policy;
  • Obama's doctrinal legacy; 
  • The Syrian Civil War;
  • The Anglosphere (Five Eyes);
  • a range of international security issues.

Many of my publications are solo-authored, but I have also had the pleasure of co-authoring with friends and colleagues, such as Jason Ralph, Matt McDonald, Lee Jarvis, Ty Solomon, Katherine Wright, Rob Saunders, and Sir Mike Aaronson.

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  • 2010: PhD in Politics and International Relations (Warwick, ESRC funded)
  • 2007: MA Political Science Research Methods (Birmingham, ESRC funded) - Distinction
  • 2005: BA Geography (Cambridge) - First with University and College Prizes
  • Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching (Surrey)

Student education

I believe universities provide a fundamental democratic function, helping to develop informed, engaged, and critical citizens. 

I have been awarded two teaching prizes:

  • the British International Studies Association-Higher Education Academy Award for Excellence in Teaching International Studies;
  • the Vice-Chancellor’s Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence at the University of Surrey.

I have published pedagogical research, including:

  • a textbook on security;
  • two journal articles on visual literacy. 

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Global Security Challenges
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