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University of Lincoln
Brayford Pool
United Kingdom

About David Hughes

Born and raised in Lincolnshire, David travelled the world following his academic vocation before finally coming home. After completing undergraduate and Masters degrees at Oxford, David did his Ph.D. at Duke University (USA) and has also been awarded several 12-month research grants to study in Germany, including a Humboldt Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. Berlin is his favourite city. Prior to coming to Lincoln, David worked at Nottingham Trent University. Before that he taught at Royal Holloway, University of London, where he won a Teaching Excellence award, and the University of East Anglia, where he was nominated for such an award. A Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, David has taught the gamut of International Relations modules and is a strong believer in getting students to think critically. He is currently working on a project designed to improve student reading rates. David's research interests focus on International Relations theory, Marxism, and US Exceptionalism. In particular, he is interested in the marginalization of Marxism in International Relations theory and what International Relations Theory might look like from a Marxist perspective. In terms of US exceptionalism, he is interested in the disjunction between US propaganda and the practice of US foreign policy.

Department Responsibilities

David is the Level 2 Year tutor and the School's Digital Learning Lead. He is module coordinator for Conflict Analysis, Thinking International Relations, and US Exceptionalism. He also teaches on War Crimes and Genocide, Global Conflicts and Contexts, Researching Politics and International Relations, and Key Concepts in Social Science.

Subject Specialism

International Relations; International Relations Theory; US Foreign Policy; Marxism


  • Ph.D. — Duke University ,
  • MA — Worcester College, Oxford,
  • MA — Christ Church, Oxford,
  • Fellow — Higher Education Academy,


  • Robert W. and Jesse Cox Award — International Studies Association
  • Apple for Teacher Award — Royal Holloway Students Union


David is available for consultancy work relevant to his research expertise. In 2017 he was interviewed on BBC Radio Lincolnshire, Lincs FM, and Siren FM about US Foreign Policy and Trump's first year. David has conducted external reviews for Oxford University Press, European Journal of International Relations, Journal of Religious Ethics, and International Studies Quarterly.

Professional Affiliations

  • Higher Education Academy — Fellow
  • International Studies Association (Theory, Foreign Policy Analysis, Active Learning, Religion and IR working groups) — Member
  • British International Studies Association (International Political Theory, US Foreign Policy, Learning and Teaching working groups) — Member


Interview with Lincs FM on Trump's decision to bomb Syria, April 2017 Interview with BBC Radio Lincolnshire on North Korea's missile launch, August 2017 Interview with Siren FM ("Past Prologue" show with Dr. Finn Pollard and Dr. Darren Harris-Fain) on Trump's first year in charge, November 2017, Paper on "War and the Media" given to the Lincoln Social Science Centre, October 2017