Dr Susan Martin
Department of War Studies
School of Security Studies
King's College London
London WC2R 2LS
Tel: +44 (0)20 7848 1644
Fax: +44 (0)20 7848 2026
Wednesdays 11:30-12:30 (drop in, no appointment necessary) or Tuesdays 2:10 pm-3:10 pm by appointment (see below). You can also contact me to make an appointment at a different time.
If you cannot make my drop-in office hours on Wednesdays from 1130-1230 you can make an appointment to see me on Tuesdeays between 2:10 pm and 3:10 pm . You can sign up using google calendar here The pre-set appointment slots are for 10 minutes--you can sign up for more than one slot if necessary. PLEASE make sure your google calendar is set to UK/London time, as it gets very confusing if your calendar is on a different time zone.
Areas of Interest
I am a lecturer in the Department and co-Deputy Director of the Centre for Science and Security Studies. My research focuses on the continuing relevance of structural realism, and in particular the ability of structural realism to contribute to an explanation of the role of chemical, biological and nuclear weapons in international politics. Currently I am conducting a comparative analysis of the use and non-use of chemical, biological and nuclear weapons in the Vietnam War. Other projects include an analysis of chemical weapons use in Syria as well a gender analysis of nuclear weapons and deterrence.
I received my BA in Political Science from Yale University and my MA and PhD in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley. I was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Christopher H. Browne Center for the Study of International Politics at the University of Pennsylvania, and have taught at Wesleyan University, the University of Pennsylvania and Florida Atlantic University.
- Structural realism and international relations theory more broadly
- Chemical, biological and nuclear weapons in international politics—including causes of proliferation and use as well as strategies to deter proliferation and use
- Deterrence and Security Studies more broadly, including gender and nuclear deterrence
My publications include:
- ‘Norms, Military Utility, and the Use/Non-use of Weapons: The Case of Anti-plant and Irritant Agents in the Vietnam War.’ Journal of Strategic Studies Vol. 19, 3 (2016), 321-364. Winner of the 2016 annual Amos Perlmutter Prize.
- ‘The Continuing Value of Nuclear Weapons: A Structural Realist Analysis.’ Contemporary Security Policy, Vol. 34, # 1 (April 2013), 174-194.
- ‘Is Nuclear Terrorism a Real Threat? The Threat is Overblown’ inDebating Terrorism and Counterterrorism Stuart Gottlieb (ed.). Washington, DC: CQ Press, 2009; revised second edition, 2013.
- Terrorism, War or Disease? Unraveling the Use of Biological Weapons(Edited with Anne L. Clunan and Peter Lavoy.) Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University Press, 2008.
- ‘Conclusion: The Role of Attribution in Bio-Security Policy’ (with Anne L. Clunan) in Terrorism, War or Disease? Unraveling the Use of Biological Weapons. Eds. Anne L. Clunan, Peter Lavoy and Susan B. Martin.Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University Press, 2008.
- ‘Chemical, Biological and Nuclear Weapons: Lessons from the Conflict in Iraq’ in The Conflict in Iraq, 2003. ed. Paul Cornish. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004, 175-199.
- ‘Weapons of Mass Destruction: A Brief Overview’ in Ethics and Weapons of Mass Destruction: Religious and Secular Perspectives eds. Sohail H. Hashmi and Steven P. Lee. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2004, 16-42. eds. Sohail H. Hashmi and Steven P. Lee. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2004, 16-42.
- ‘Realism and Weapons of Mass Destruction: A Consequentialist Analysis’ in Ethics and Weapons of Mass Destruction: Religious and Secular Perspectives eds. Sohail H. Hashmi and Steven P. Lee. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2004, 96-110. eds. Sohail H. Hashmi and Steven P. Lee. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2004, 96-110.
- ‘From Balance of Power to Balancing Behavior: The Long and Winding Road’ in Perspectives on Structural Realism, ed. Andrew K. Hanami. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003, 61-82.
- ‘The Role of Biological Weapons in International Politics: The Real Military Revolution.’ The Journal of Strategic Studies, Vol. 25, #1 (March 2002), 63-98.
I teach and convene the following modules (please note these are not all offered every year):
6SWW0020 Weapons of Mass Destruction
- 7SSWM111 Proliferation and International Security (co-convenor Dr Matt Moran)
- 7SSWM001 Chemical, Biological and Nuclear Weapons in the Hands of States
- 7SSWM083 Structural Realism and Key Debates in International Politics
I also contribute to
- 4SSW1001 The Causes of War
- 4SSW1006 International Relations Theory
- 7SSWM020 Science & Security
- 7SSWM021 Current Issues in Science & Security
- 7SSWM062 CBRN Terrorism
Expertise and Public Engagement
I am happy to offer PhD supervision for projects that seek to use international relations theory (especially realism) to explain puzzles in international politics. I am also interested in projects that focus on nuclear, biological and chemical weapons issues; deterrence and compellence, and balance of power debates.
Current PhD Students:
Isabelle Anstey, ‘A Gentleman's Agreement: The Politics of Nuclear Export Controls.’
Timothy Collins, ‘How useful are the theories of neo-optimists and neo-pessimists in understanding the development of Britain’s small nuclear force (1945-64)?’
Abby Doll, ‘Examining the Effects of Non-Kinetic Anti-Satellite Actions on Contemporary Crisis Stability.’
Fabian Sievert, ‘The Alliance Dynamics of Assurance: The Case of US Nuclear Deployments in Europe from 1967 to 1977.’