Richard English

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"Richard English is Wardlaw Professor of Politics in the School of International Relations, and Director of the Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV), at the University of St Andrews. He was born in 1963 in Belfast, where he worked at Queen’s University between 1989 and 2011. He is the author of seven books, including the award-winning studies Armed Struggle: The History of the IRA (2003) and Irish Freedom: The History of Nationalism in Ireland (2006). His most recent book, Modern War: A Very Short Introduction, was published in 2013 by Oxford University Press. He is also the co-editor of a further five books and has published more than forty journal articles and book chapters. Professor English is currently working on research for a book to be published by Oxford University Press, entitled Does Terrorism Work? A History. He is a frequent media commentator on terrorism and political violence, and on Irish politics and history, including work for the BBC, ITN, SKY NEWS, NPR, RTE, the Irish Times, the Times Literary Supplement, Newsweek, and the Financial Times. His research has received funding from, among others, the British Academy, the Economic and Social Research Council, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Leverhulme Trust, and the Nuffield Foundation. He is a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA), a Member of the Royal Irish Academy (MRIA), a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (FRSE), a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (FRHistS), and an Honorary Fellow of Keble College, Oxford."[1]

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  • The Oxford Handbook on Terrorism (Oxford: Oxford University Press, contract signed: to be published 2017) -

co-edited with Erica Chenoweth, Andreas Gofas, and Stathis Kalyvas [1]


  1. Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence Richard English, organizational web page, accessed November 16, 2015.
  2. Airey Neave Trust Board, organizational web page, accessed November 21, 2015.