School of Social and Political Science

Dr Ben Coulson

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Lecturer in International Relations

Ben Coulson sat on a train in Thailand

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Chrystal Macmillan Building

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15a George Square

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United Kingdom

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Research interests

Research interests

My research focuses on the historical development of US-China relations, US foreign policy more broadly in East Asia, East Asian Security, and popular culture and politics. I sit at an intersection between the Critical strands of IR, History, and Critical Geopolitics. 

I am also interested in work on pedagogy and International Relations. 


I joined Edinburgh University and PIR in September 2022 as Lecturer in International Relations. I convene the first year course Politics in a Changing World, the PIR MA Dissertation courses, and the honours course Geopolitics. 

Prior to this I was a Teaching Fellow in East Asian IR at Durham University and a Lecturer in International Politics at Newcastle University. 

I received my PhD from Newcastle University in International Relations focusing on US foreign policy and China. It was titled 'Identity, Capital, Geopolitics: US Presidential Discourses of China from 1844-2016'.