Trevor McCrisken

Associate Professor, US Foreign Policy, Politics and Culture

Warwick University


Trevor McCrisken is Associate Professor in US Foreign Policy, US Politics & Culture at the University of Warwick. His main research currently focuses on the narratives being constructed around the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), commonly known as drones, and their use for targeted killing. He is also researching President Donald Trump's attempts to redefine US foreign policy, his approach and use of rhetoric, and its impact particularly on transatlantic security and policy toward the Middle East. He also has expertise more broadly in US presidential politics and elections. His most recent co-authored book with Jon Herbert and Andrew Wroe is now available from Palgrave (2019): The Ordinary Presidency of Donald J. Trump in which they argue that although Trump is without question an extraordinary president, that nonetheless his presidency has been relatively ordinary in terms of outcomes and achievements. Other recent publications include "'Peace Through Strength': Europe and NATO Deterrence beyond the US Nuclear Posture Review" with Maxwell Downman in International Affairs (March 2019); "The Drone Cut-Up Project" with Erzsébet Strausz in Critical Methods for the Study of World Politics: Creativity and Transformation edited by Shine Choi, Anna Selmeczi and Erzsébet Strausz (Routledge, December 2019); and and "Eyes and Ears in the Sky: Drones, Journalism and Mass Surveillance" in Johan Lidberg & Denis Muller, In The Name of Security: Secrecy, Surveillance and Journalism(Anthem, 2018).

He received his BA in American Studies (Politics) from the University of Kent with a year at the University of Maryland, College Park. He then completed an MA in International Affairs at American University, Washington, DC and received his DPhil from the University of Sussex. He has held previous posts at the University of Oxford, Lancaster University, and UWE Bristol. He was a Visiting Fellow at the Rothermere American Institute at Oxford from 2001-2003, an Associate Fellow from 2003-2009, then Visiting Fellow again in 2018-19. He joined the department at Warwick in September 2003.
Trevor has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the transatlantic security think tank BASIC (British American Security Information Council) since 2005 and was Chair from November 2007 to March 2020. He has been a North America Region Head with Oxford Analytica since 2002.


This session will run twice with different speakers - at 4:00 am ET (9:00 am GMT) and again at 11:00 am ET (4:00 pm GMT).

October 15, 2020

9am UK / 10am CEST