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Professor Michael Goodman


Pro-Dean for Innovation and Impact, Faculty of Social Science and Public Policy

Department of War Studies
Room K6.27
King's College London
Strand, London WC2R 2LS
Tel: +44 (0)20 7848 2918

Office hours: By appointment only. 


I am a Professor in Intelligence & International Affairs in the Department of War Studies and Visiting Research Professor at the Norwegian Defence Intelligence School, Oslo.  I am currently on secondment to the Cabinet Office where I am  the Official Historian of the Joint Intelligence Committee.

Research Interests

My interests include:

  • Intelligence Studies
  • Nuclear Weapons History
  • Cold War History

I have published widely in the field of intelligence history and scientific intelligence, including Spying on the Nuclear Bear: Anglo-American Intelligence and the Soviet Bomb (Stanford University Press, 2008),  Spinning Intelligence: Why Intelligence Needs the Media, Why the Media Needs Intelligence (Columbia: Columbia University Press, 2009), Learning from the Secret Past: Cases in British Intelligence History (Georgetown University Press, 2011), The Routledge Companion to Intelligence Studies (Routledge, 2014); Spying on the World: The Declassified Documents of the Joint Intelligence Committee (Edinburgh University Press, 2014) and The Official History of the Joint Intelligence Committee, Volume I: From the Approach of the Second World War to the Suez Crisis (Routledge, 2014).  This last book, the Official History, was chosen as one of The Spectator’s books of the year.

My articles have appeared in Intelligence and National Security, the International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence, CIA Studies in Intelligence, Cold War History, the Journal of Cold War Studies, the Journal of Strategic Studies, Cryptologia, The Journal of Intelligence History, Contemporary British History, Historical Studies in the Physical Sciences, Diplomacy and Statecraft,and International History Review.

I am series editor for ‘Intelligence and Security’ for Hurst/Oxford University Press, and ‘Intelligence, Surveillance, and Secret Warfare’ for Edinburgh University Press.  I am a member of the editorial boards for Intelligence and National Security; International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence; International Journal of Intelligence, Security, and Public Affairs; The Journal of Intelligence History and Contemporary British History.


For a list of research outputs and publications please see my Research Profile


I currently teach the following MA modules:

  • 7SSWM007 Intelligence Studies
  • 7SSWM135 JIC and British Intelligence
PhD Supervison

I am happy to offer PhD supervision in the following broad areas: 

  • Intelligence history, particularly the United Kingdom and USA 
  • Contemporary intelligence issues
  • Conceptual intelligence issues
  • The history of nuclear weapons
  • Nuclear proliferation

Current PhD students

  • Strehler, Christian, ‘Jihadism and the West – The United States’ and Britain’s approach to global jihad prior to 9/11’.  [First Supervisor]
  • Corrigan, Polly, ‘Soviet Intelligence and the Persecution of Dissidents, 1937-1968’.  [First Supervisor]
  • White, Martha, ‘Fuzzy Thinking: Lessons from Philosophy for Applying Analytical Methodologies in Intelligence Analysis’.  [First Supervisor]
  • Mazzola, Stephanie, ‘Intelligence Services in Post Conflict State Building: A Comprehensive Study of Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya’.  [First Supervisor]
  • Miner, Michael, ‘Toward National Intelligence: Lessons from British History for an American Future – The Joint Intelligence Committee and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence’.  [First Supervisor]
  •   Riehle, Kevin, ‘Insider Information: Defectors’ Insights into a Closed System’.    [First Supervisor]
  • Brown, Richard, ‘The Dominions and the Bomb: Assessing the Imperial Aspects of the British Nuclear Programme, 1940-1952’.  [First Supervisor]

Completed PhD students

  • Pyne, Kate, ‘The history of Thermonuclear Warhead Principles in the UK’.  Completed: 2016.  [First Supervisor]
  • Morris, Daniel, ‘Terrorism and the Nature of Surprise Attack’.  Completed: 2009.  [First Supervisor]
  • Geltzer, Joshua, ‘Al-Qaeda as Audience’.  Completed: 2009.  [Second Supervisor]
  • Lethier, Pierre, ‘The Clandestine Clapperboard’.  Completed: 2010. [Joint First Supervisor]
  • Mahadevan, Prem, ‘The uses and limitations of intelligence in counter-terrorism’.  Completed: 2010. [Second Supervisor]
  • Cormac, Rory, ‘The Joint Intelligence Committee and Counterinsurgency at the End of Empire’.  Completed: 2011.  [First Supervisor]
  • Johnson, Laura, ‘Establishing broadcast monitoring as Open Source Intelligence: The BBC Monitoring Service during the Second World War’. Completed: 2013.  [Second Supervisor]
  • Vogt, Tobias, ‘Combating the 21st Century Nuclear Threat: US WMD Politics, Policy and Implementation’.  Completed: 2013.  [Second Supervisor]
  • Wynter, Matthew, ‘Merchants of Light: Dr R V Jones and the influence of British Scientific Intelligence on British military strategy in WWII’.  Completed: 2014.  [Second Supervisor]
Expertise and Public Engagement

I am a regular contributor to BBC History Magazine.


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