Staff Profile:Dr Mark Shanahan

Dr Mark Shanahan
Job Title:
Lecturer in Politics and International Relations

Convenor of PO3UKP - UK Politics; PO3PAR & PIM84 - Parliamentary Studies; Co-convenor PO3TMP - Media & Politics, including The Politics Show on Junction 11 Radio.

DTL, responsible for Politics and International Relations provision of teaching and student learning practice.

Areas of Interest:

New developments in T&L pedagogy, especially the use of social media; US government and the celebritisation of American political culture from Eisenhower to Trump (and beyond); the role of Parliament in UK government.

Research groups / Centres:

2016 (forthcoming) Eisenhower at the Dawn of the Space Age (monograph), Lexington Books, Lanham, Maryland

2015 'Pursuing the Parallel Track', chapter in The Eisenhower Presidency, Edited by A.J. Polsky, Lexington Books, Lanham, Maryland.

2012 The 240,000 mile cul de sac - how Kennedy won the moon race but got lost in space - 49th Parallel, Issue 27, Winter 2012 -

Selected Conference Papers

2016 - Bringing expert voices into the room - Investigating Pedagogic Research & Practice in Politics and International Relations - PSA Annual Conference, Brighton

2016 - Breaking down the fourth wall - using Twitter to engage in US election races - BISA annual Conference, Edinburgh

2016 - All buzz and no static - using internet radio and podcasting to cement political learning, PSA T&L Conference, Newcastle

2015 -The journey to the White House started in London, Eisenhower's 1945 address at the Guildhall HOTCUS Annual Conference, UEA

2013 - Eisenhower's Parallel Path at 'Ike Reconsidered: The Eisenhower Legacy in the 21st Century' - Roosevelt House, Hunter College, CUNY, New York

2011 Reassessing Eisenhower's Space Policy - South East History Hub, Annual Conference - University of Kent

2010 The 240,000 mile cul de sac - British Association for American Studies - Postgraduate Conference - Rothermere Institute, Oxford

Short Biography

Dr Mark Shanahan leads on teaching & learning strategies and practice for the Politics & IR department. A political historian, he has a background outside academia in journalism and business communication. Having studied and subsequently taught at Brunel University, he began teaching at Reading in 2012. He is also a regular media contributor to the BBC, CNN, Sky, ABC (Australia), France 24 and CTV (Canada).

Feedback and consultation hours for the Spring term:

  • Tues 15:00 - 16:00
  • Thurs 11:00 - 12:00

Contact Details

+ 44 (0)118 987 5123

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