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Dr Christopher J Fuller BA, PGCE, PhD

Associate Professor of Modern U.S. Foreign Policy

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Associate Professor in Modern and Contemporary U.S. Foreign Policy, exploring security, insecurity, and technology.

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Brief biography

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, Fighting War as Crime and Crime as War: Normative Frameworks for National Security, which features both practitioners and scholars exploring ways in which legal architecture can be better leveraged to enhance counterterrorism efforts.

My current research project is titled ‘Net Gain? The Internet and American National (In)Security and examines the impact of computer networks on U.S. national security policy, from the theoretical discourse in the 1950s to the fallout of the election of Donald Trump in 2016. More broadly, my work explores 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.

To help explore these topics which bridge traditional historical research with the study of contemporary affairs, and frequently fall under classification regimes, I specialise in the use of open source material supplemented by leaked documents, considering their utility as evidence, as well as the historical and ethical challenges their utilisation presents.


Appointments held

I have served as an advisor to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime on counterterrorism. 

Research Interests

  • U.S. foreign policy 1945 – present
  • The rise (and fall) of the Pax Americana
  • Covert action
  • The “War on Terror”
  • U.S. democracy promotion
  • Terrorism and counterterrorism
  • Cyberterrorism
  • The role of technology in political power and influence
  • Cyber security and insecurity
  • Cyberspace
  • Cyberwarfare
  • Classified information, leaks and leakers

PhD Supervision

  • Ashton Kingdon, iPhD Web Science/History - ‘The Far-Right and Cyberspace’
  • Emily Burden, iPhD Web Science/History – ‘A socio-technical analysis of far-right extremism’
  • Peter Sturgess, iPhD Web Science/History – ‘The use of the Web to Prevent and Pre-empt Acts of terrorism’

I am on the programme board for the University of Southampton’s MSc in International Security and Risk. I am also a member of the university’s interdisciplinary Sustainability & Resilience Hub.

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Book Chapters

  • HIST1109 Terrorists, Tyrants and Technology: America’s “War on Terror”
  • HIST2096 The Evolution of U.S. Counterterrorism
  • HIST3203 American Empire Part 1: The Emergence of the Pax Americana
  • HIST3203 American Empire Part 2: The Expansion of the Pax Americana
  • HIST3245 Short History of the Communication Network
  • HIST6121 Digital Frontiers: Conflict in Cyberspace, 1968 – present
  • HIST6122 Terrorists vs. Counterterrorists: Past, Present, and Future Policy
  • HIST6123 New Approaches to American History
Dr Christopher J Fuller
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