Staff Profile:Dr Mark Shanahan

Dr Mark Shanahan
Job Title:
Associate Professor
  • Head of Department
  • Convenor of American Government and Placement modules in Part 2; Co-convenor of Media and Politics module; Teacher of British Government module
  • Responsible for our student-led Politics Radio Show on Junction 11 Radio


A convert from industry to academia, I spent over 20 years in journalism and corporate media before transitioning to academia, first at Brunel University where I completed my PhD and latterly, from 2012, at Reading. Currently Head of Department for Politics and IR, I am a regular media spokesperson for the university on UK and US politics, including for the BBC, ITN, CNN, Sky, ABC (Australia), France 24 and CTV (Canada).


  • PhD in Political History
  • MA in International Relations
  • BA in English Language and Literature
  • Fellow of the HEA and of the Institute of Internal Communication
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 Supervision:

I am interested in supervising work around the US political system, the UK Parliamentary system and the relationship between politics and the media.

Research groups / Centres:

Co-Founder of the Monroe Group which focuses on US political history


  • Member of PSA and BISA joint T&L Group and past co-chair of BISA T&L Group
  • Member of MPSA, BAAS and HOTCUS
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2018 'The Outsider Presidency' chapter in The Trump Presidency - from Campaign Trail to World Stage, edited by M. Oliva and M.J. Shanahan, Palgrave, London.

2016 Eisenhower at the Dawn of the Space Age (monograph), Lexington Books, Lanham, Maryland. Winner of Neudstadt prize for American Politics Book of the Year 2017

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 - 49thParallel, Issue 27, Winter 2012 -

Selected Conference Papers

2020 - Student Communications during the Pandemic - PSA Online Conference, June 2020

2019 - Why students don't read - new tools for topic engagement beyond the classroom - PSA/APSA/BISA International Teaching and Learning Conference, Brighton

2018 - Teaching Trump in Europe - Policy impact beyond the tweets, APSA T&L conference, Baltimore, USA

2017 - Breaking the fourth wall - updated - Bringing practitioners into the study of politics, ECPR annual conference, Oslo

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


Contact Details

+44 (0) 118 378 8854
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