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Dr Kelly is a Senior Lecturer in the Defence Studies Department. She joined in 2003 on a Defence Studies studentship, teaching part-time whilst studying for her PhD in the Department of War Studies, King's College London. Her first degree was in Vietnamese and Politics at the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London), during which time she studied Vietnamese Language and Culture at the Hanoi National University. On completion of her BA she undertook a MSc in International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Dr Kelly completed her PhD in May 2010.

Research Interests

  • International Relations
  • British military intervention in Afghanistan
  • Peace Support Operations
  • Vietnamese language, culture and politics


Dr Rachael Kelly PURE Profile