I have 448 citations to-date and a h-index of 8 (Google Scholar, 2019).
Strategic Culture in Terrorist Organisations (PhD Thesis)
My in-progress PhD thesis at Australia’s Monash University (submission: 22nd November 2019) develops a new analytical theory of strategic subcultures. I seek to understand why certain terrorist organisations can persist, survive, and develop a counter-elite. My case study is Japan’s Aum Shinrikyo. I use process tracing and new tests to examine three posited causal mechanisms: cultural transmission, social learning, and folklore. I have published original articles from this research in Contemporary Security Policy and M/C Journal, and presented at the International Studies Association’s annual convention in Toronto, in 2014.
Early Career Academic Research Program: Strategic Subcultures
My Early Career Academic research program focuses on the development of strategic subcultures in terrorist organisations and by other strategic actors. It has two dimensions: (1) articulating and exploring the fourth generation of strategic culture which has emerged since 2002 in a multipolar world; and (2) theory-building for understanding mobilisational counter-power using interdisciplinary data from counterterrorism studies, political economy and sociology, including on cumulative advantage mechanisms. I keep a regular diary about this unfolding research in my Patreon account.
Methodologically, I use counterfactuals, qualitative case studies, event studies, and process tracing. This research agenda is informed by personal autoethnographic experiences, undergraduate tutoring about politics and foreign policy, and insights from my earlier research on theory-testing in internet, journalism, digital media, and foreign policy decision-making.
I have published on a range of other subjects: the 2000 dotcom crash; the 2000 and 2004 United States presidential elections; the 11th September 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States; interviews with United States design, media, and subculture figures; contemporary political and social issues in the United States and Australia; and strategies for grant applications and research program development.
I have policy expertise in counterterrorism and foreign policy. I have tutored undergraduate units on Australian foreign policy, Australian politics, and critical perspectives on terrorism studies. I have also written on Australian media, and defence and national security policy, Asia-Pacific security, United States-Australian discourses on the Global War on Terror as grand strategy, and contributed as a civilian researcher to United States debates on irregular and unconventional warfare.