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Dr Christopher Fuller 

Associate Professor, Head of Admissions

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Dr Christopher Fuller is Associate Professor in History at the University of Southampton.

I specialize in U.S. foreign policy from 1945 to the present day. I have a particular interest in the “War on Terror” and wider U.S. counterterrorism practices, and wrote my first book, See It/Shoot It: The Secret History of the CIA’s Lethal Drone Program (Yale University Press, 2017), on this topic. I am also co-editor of a forthcoming volume, Using Law to Fight Terror: Legal Approaches to Combating Violent Non-State Actors, which features both practitioners and scholars exploring ways in which legal architecture can be better leveraged to enhance our counterterrorism efforts.

My current research explores the concept of the United States as a post-territorial empire, and the double-edged role played by technology in both enabling, and undermining this. I have a particular interest in the place of the Internet in advancing U.S. interests, and aiding anti-American rebellion (or resistance) along the contested fault lines which serve as the unmanned frontiers of this empire, be they borders with rogue states, terrorist safe havens, or even encounters in cyber space itself.

Related to this, I am interested in the concept of a Pax Americana, and the extent to which this was established in the years following the end of the Second World War, and is arguably in decline.

I also explore the scholarly and ethical issues around the use of leaked classified material, and the best methods of utilizing these controversial sources for historical research.

I am on the programme board for the University of Southampton’s new MSc in International Security and Risk, and contribute postgraduate modules on the history of U.S. counterterrorism methods and evolution of cyber security. 

U.S. foreign policy from 1945 to the present

The rise (and fall) of the Pax Americana

U.S. democracy promotion

Terrorism and counterterrorism

America’s “War on Terror”

The role of technology in political power and influence

Cyber security and insecurity

Leaks and leakers

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Dr Christopher Fuller
Faculty of Arts and Humanities Avenue Campus Highfield Southampton SO17 1BF Ext: 27245

Room Number: 65/1051

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