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University of Lincoln
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United Kingdom

About Andrew Defty

Andrew studied for a first degree in English and History and an MA in Intelligence and International Relations at the University of Salford. He gained his PhD in 2002, also from Salford, with a thesis examining British and American Cold War propaganda. Andrew joined the School of Social Sciences, as a research fellow in the summer of 2004, and is now a Senior Lecturer in Politics. Andrew teaches on a range of modules within the School. He challenges first year politics students to identify the real centres of power in Britain in the module Who Runs Britain? and draws extensively on his own research experience in delivering research methods modules at first and second year. He is committed to the notion that students should be producers, and not simply consumers, of knowledge and pursues this through modules designed to give students the skills and intellectual tools to carry out their own research. Andrew also contributes sessions on security and intelligence to a range of modules in politics, international relations and criminology. In recent years, along with a number of colleagues, Andrew has taken groups of students on study visits to New York, Washington and Brussels where he has taken the opportunity to lecture to students, and a number of passers-by, at a diverse range of locations such as the Menin Gate, the steps of the US Capitol and in the chamber of the US House of Representatives. Andrew has made numerous contributions to national and local radio on topics ranging from voting in the Eurovision song contest to House of Lords reform. His thoughts on pressing political issues can also be found on the University of Lincoln Experts’ Blog.

Department Responsibilities

Politics Programme Leader Module coordinator: Who Runs Britain?; Applying Research; Researching Politics and International Relations; Independent Study


  • PhD Contemporary History, University of Salford, 2002.
  • MA Intelligence and International Relations, University of Salford, 1994.
  • BA (Hons) English and History, University of Salford, 1992.


  • November 2009 – January 2012, £96,879 from The Leverhulme Trust, for a study of ‘Parliamentary scrutiny of the UK intelligence and security services’ (with Hugh Bochel).
  • October 2007 – July 2008, £7,402 from the Nuffield Foundation Small Grants Scheme, for a study of the House of Lords and welfare (with Hugh Bochel).

Research in the Lincoln Repository

Professional Affiliations

  • Political Studies Association
  • PSA Parliament and Legislatures Study Group
  • PSA Security and Intelligence Studies Group
  • Study Group on Intelligence