'Who am I anyway? Am I my Résumé?'
from the musical A Chorus Line (1985)
and Teaching Interests
Present Positions and Activities
Previous and Additional Positions
Education and Qualifications
Membership of Professional Bodies
Research and Teaching Interests
I have very wide lecturing
and teaching experience at tertiary level for numerous institutions;
I have extensive experience of working in television, radio and video
including some practical production skills; and I have some familiarity
with computer applications to academic teaching.
My particular research speciality is in the
relatively new field of 'Media War' (sometimes also known
as Media Operations and Information Activities), which I have helped to develop over the last 25 years or
my chief research and teaching interests are:
The Media, Propaganda and
War since c.1800
and Doctrine since c. 1800
The Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902
The First World War
The Battle of Normandy 1944
The Falklands War
Insurgency and Counterinsurgency since c1880 including
War and the British Empire and its Successors
Land and Air-Land Warfare since c.1850
The British Army
Counterfactual History and Warfare
television and the Depiction of war
Positions and Activities
Since 2011 I have held the post of Professor
of Conflict Studies at the University of Wolverhampton (UK),
presently in the Department of History, Politics and War Studies, Faculty
of Social Sciences, having joined the University as Reader in
Conflict Studies in 2007. Please consult my 'Links' page for the link
through to the ddepartment.
Among my achievements in this post are
School then Faculty academic liaison with RAF Museum Cosford
(including negotiating memorandum of understanding) 2007/8
Devised and delivered undergraduate modules in
counterinsurgency, propaganda, and online postgraduate module in war and
propaganda 2008/9 and
Co-creator of the UK’s first BSc Armed Forces vocational
degrees, launched 2011/12 2009 and
Runner up, Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Staff Excellence,
category Outstanding Contribution to Research 2011/2012
School then Faculty liaison with Helion & Company
military publishers, including organising undergraduate work placements,
and founding the Wolverhampton
Military Studies Series of books as Series Editor, launched
of university’s First World War Research Group
the University of Wolverhampton of the British Commission for Military
History (BCMH) 5th Annual Conference on New Research in Military
Appointed 'Haig Fellow' for 2016 by the Douglas Haig
Appointed to Srts and Humanities Review Council
Undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in war studies and
conflict studies, including specialist modules in counterinsurgency,
propaganda, war and the media, and total war; doctoral postgraduate
supervision in several areas.
Also, since 1984 I have
been self-employed as a military historian. Up to 1988 I worked mainly
full-time under contract as a researcher for BBC Television.
have made numerous appearances on British and international television
and radio, and I am frequently consulted by television and other media
companies on historical and military matters. I have contributed to
historical videos, educational websites etc (see my media pages).
I have a particular association as a public historian with the Battle
of Normandy 1944. In June 1994 for the 50th anniversary of D-Day
I was guest speaker on board the liner Queen Elizabeth 2,
and (as mentioned in my media pages) in June 2004 for the 60th
anniversary I was a studio commentator for both BBC and ITN.
Previous and Additional
From 1988 to 2007 I was employed as a military
historian in a civil service specialist grade by the Ministry of Defence.
In 1988, I was employed in the Department of War Studies at the Royal
Military Academy Sandhurst, the British Army's officer training
establishment. After I completed one-term as a casual (temporary) lecturer
in 1986, I rejoined full-time as a senior lecturer in 1988, and I was
promoted to become a senior lecturer with special responsibilities in
1998. While at Sandhurst I played a leading part
in the Sandhurst Conference Series of biennial conferences on defence
issues, first held in 1995, and in editing the proceedings (see my
publications page). From 2003 to 2007 I was engaged in a number of
projects which took me away from my Sandhurst post.
Since 2013 I have
been edior of the Wolverhampton Military Studies Series of books
(a post which I established) for Helion Publishers.
Since 2010 I
have been a member of the editorial board of the Global Security Studies
Since 2009 I have
been an Honorary Research Fellow of the Centre for Second World War
Studies, Birmingham University.
2006 I have been an Honorary Research Fellow of the Centre for First
World War Studies, Birmingham University.
From 2005-2007 I was a Senior Research Associate of the Centre for
Defence Studies, Kings College London
In 2005 I was a Visiting Professor
in the Department of History, University of Southern
Mississippi, (Hattiesburg, USA).
From 2002-2007 I was a member of the Editorial
Advisory Board for the Australian Army Journal.
From 1995-2001 I
was a Senior Research Fellow of the Institute for the Study of
War and Society, De Montfort University, Bedford.
1993-1994 I was a Course Tutor for the Open University, South-East Region.
1980-84, in my first job after leaving university, I was a Research
Assistant in the Department of Information Retrieval, Imperial War Museum,
This mainly involved researching and cataloguing the museum colelction
of actuality films of the First World War, a catalogue that was published
in 1994. This started my lifelong association with classic British propaganda
documentaries, in particular Battle of the Somme (1916) and
with film and television in military history. (See my media and publications
Education and Qualifications
Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge University
PhD 1982, MA 1981 (converted from BA 1977).
Scholar, Graduate Studentship
My doctoral thesis was 'Fire and the Sword: The British Army and the
Arme Blanche Controversy c.1871-1921' which was a study of
horsed cavalry doctrine.
1966-1973 King Edward’s School, Birmingham
(with dates of
Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (1995)
Army Records Society (1996);
Battlefields Trust (1993); British Commission for
Military History (1992);
British International Studies Association
British Scolar Society (2010); Fellow of the
Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society (2002);
Indian Military History Society (2009); International Association for Media
and History (2000); International Society for First World War
Studies (2004); Navy Records Society (2002); Royal United Services Institute (1977);
Society for Army Historical Research (1977); Society of Authors
(2009); Society for Military History (2004). The Western Front
‘Great Britain’, and ‘Propaganda: Media in War Politics’, in 1914-1918-online. International
Encyclopedia of the First World War, Freie Universität Berlin,
Co-author with Gary Sheffield,
‘Chapter 14: Strategic Command’ in Jay Winter (ed.) The Cambridge History of the First
World War – Volume 1 (Cambridge, CUP, 2014).‘Bridging the
Firewall? Information Operation and US Military Doctrine in the Battles of
‘Humanitarian War: Justifying
Western Military Intervention 1991-2001,’ (2012)
‘Media War and Media
Management,’ (2010)The Gulf War
Assessed (1992) with
The Crimean War: The War
Correspondents (1994) with Andrew Lambert
Operations and the Media (1994)
The Media and
International Security (2000)
Britain, NATO, and
the Lessons of the Balkan Conflicts 1991-1999 (2004) with Paul
Conflict Twenty Years On (2005) with Rob Havers and Mark
Doctrine and Reform
in the British Cavalry 1880-1918 (2008)
The British Army
and Its Image 1914-1918
Principal cataloguer, IWM Series collection of First
World War actuality films held by the Imperial War Museum (1980-83)
More than 25 books and 80 articles,
chapters, contributions to books etc, on aspects of warfare, military thought
and doctrine, propaganda, the media, and military-media issues;
writings translated into seven languages.
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