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University of Lincoln
Brayford Pool
United Kingdom

About David Hughes

Born and raised in Lincolnshire, David's academic career took him around the world before he finally came home. After completing undergraduate and Masters degrees at Oxford, David did his Ph.D. at Duke University (USA) and was awarded three seperate 12-month research grants to study in Germany, including a Humboldt Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Berlin. 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. In July 2018, David took several undergraduates for a week-long study trip in Berlin on the Santander Mobility Scheme. He has also participated in the work of the Lincoln Social Science Centre, a cooperative higher education venture that is free and open to the public. David's research interests focus on International Relations theory, Marxism, and US Exceptionalism. His is currently working on a two-volume book titled, International Relations Theory: A Marxist Critique. In terms of US exceptionalism, he is interested in the disjunction between US propaganda and the practice of US foreign policy. In November 2018 he led an ESRC-funded Social Science Festival event, "Scrutinizing the Media: Fake News, Censorship, and War."

Department Responsibilities

David is the Programme Director for the MA in International Relations and also the Level 2 Year tutor. He sits on the steering committee for the Professional Development Centre. Previously he was the School's Digital Learning lead. He is module coordinator for Transnational Security Studies, Thinking International Relations, and US Exceptionalism. He also teaches on Foreign Policy Analysis, 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; Marxism; US Foreign Policy


  • 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.

Research Interests

  • US Exceptionalism

  • International Relations Theory

  • Marxism

Research Projects

  • Scrutinizing the Media: Fake News, Censorship, and War — awarded £600 by ESRC in 2018

Research in the Lincoln Repository

Degree Responsibilities

  • Programme Leader - MA in International Relations — 2018 to Present

Module Responsibilities

  • Module Coordinator - US Exceptionalism — 2017 to Present
  • Module Coordinator - Thinking International Relations — 2017 to Present
  • Module Coordinator - Transnational Security Studies — 2017 to Present

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 Invited speaker at Lincoln Social Science Centre, October 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, Panel member for American Historical Association Roundtable event on Trump's first year, March 2018 Organizer of ESRC Social Science Festival event, "Scrutinizing the Media: Fake News, Censorship, and War," November 2018