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Dr Bryan Mabee, BA, MA (Manitoba), PhD (Aberystwyth)


Senior Lecturer

Telephone: 020 7882 2850
Room Number: Arts One, 2.21A
Office Hours: On sabbatical in semester B


Bryan Mabee completed his Undergraduate and Master's degrees in Political Studies at the University of Manitoba, in Winnipeg, Canada. Following that, he began a PhD in the Department of International Politics at University of Wales, Aberystwyth, completed in 2001. He lectured at Oxford Brookes University from 2002 before moving to Queen Mary in 2007. His main research interests are in histories and theories of war and militarism, historical sociology and US foreign policy. profile

Twitter: @BryanMabee


Undergraduate Teaching

  • POL241 War and Security in World Politics (Level 5) (Semester A)
  • Research Leave (Semester B)


Research Interests:

International Historical and Political Sociology (social theory and war; dynamics of militarism)

History and Theory of War (changing character of war; war and state theory; war and society)

Security Privatization and Globalization (history and dynamics of ‘private’ violence; piracy and privateering; political economy of security and war)

US Foreign Policy (domestic institutions and contexts; political development; US power and geopolitics)



Understanding American Power: The Changing World of US Foreign Policy, Palgrave, 2013.

Co-editor with Alejandro Colás, Mercenaries, Pirates, Bandits and Empires: Private Violence in Historical Context, London/New York: Hurst/Oxford University Press, 2010.

The Globalization of Security: State Power, Security Provision and Legitimacy, Palgrave, 2009.

Journal articles:

"Varieties of Militarism: Towards a Typology" (with Srdjan Vucetic), Security Dialogue (forthcoming).

‘From “Liberal War” to “Liberal Militarism”: United States Security Policy as the Promotion of Military Modernity’, Critical Military Studies 2(3) (2016): 242-261.

Historical Institutionalism and Foreign Policy Analysis: The Origins of the National Security Council Revisited.” Foreign Policy Analysis Vol. 7, No. 1 (2011): 27-44.

Pirates, Privateers and the Political Economy of Private Violence,” Global Change, Peace and Security Vol. 21, No. 2 (2009): 139-152.

Re-imagining the Borders of US Security after 9/11: Securitization, Risk and the Creation of the Department of Homeland Security,” Globalizations Vol. 4, No. 3 (2007): 385-397.

"Levels and Agents, States and People: Micro-Historical Sociological Analysis and International Relations." International Politics Vol. 44, No. 4 (2007): 431-449.

Discourses of Empire: The U.S. ‘Empire', Globalisation and International Relations.” Third World Quarterly Vol. 25, No. 8 (2004): 1359-1378.

Security Studies and the ‘Security State': Security Provision in Historical Context.” International Relations Vol. 17, No. 2 (2003): 135-151.

Chapters in Books:

“Department of Homeland Security” and “War”, in George Ritzer (ed), Blackwell Encyclopedia of Globalization, Oxford: Blackwell, 2012.

With Alejandro Colás, “The Flow and Ebb of Privatised Seaborne Violence in Global Politics: Lessons from the Atlantic World, 1689-1815,” in Colas and Mabee (eds), Mercenaries, Pirates, Bandits and Empires: Private Violence in Historical Context, London/New York: Hurst/Columbia University Press (forthcoming: 2010).

"Defence Restructuring and the Globalization Of Security" in Mark Elam (ed), Reconstructing the Means of Violence: Defence Restructuring and Conversion, Luxembourg: Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 2001.


PhD Supervision

I am currently supervising in the following areas of research:

  • US Foreign Policy
  • Security and Globalization
  • Security Privatization
  • Historical Sociology of International Relations

Current PhD Students:

Mohammed Eltom, The Influence of American Civil Society Organizations on US Policy Towards Sudan (1998-2008)

Andonea Dickson,Evolving Systems of Power and Exclusion in Maritime Borders. Co-supervision with Jef Huysmans.

Hesham Shafick, ‘The Problematique of ‘Selmeya’: How New Social Movements’ Commitment to Nonviolence Facilitate Violence? The Case of Egypt 2011–2013. Co-supervision with Kimberly Hutchings.

Public Engagement

Associate Fellow, Institute for the Study of the Americas

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