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Laughton Naval Unit


Below is a list of members and researchers past and present.

Please note this page is currently being updated.


Professor Andrew Lambert is the Laughton Professor of Naval History in the Department of War Studies at King's College and leads the Laughton Naval Unit.

A list of all of people including our researchers can be found below:

Dr Alan James

Lecturer in Naval History.  Early modern European naval warfare. Alan runs the King's Maritime History Seminar Series.
Dr Marcus Faulkner
Teaching Fellow, War Studies Online Programme. Seapower, Strategy and Contemporary Warfare

Professor Joe Maiolo

Senior Lecturer in international history. naval warfare, the history of 20th century international relations and intelligence studies.  Professor Maiolo is currently the co-director of the Sir Michael Howard Centre for the History of War (SMHC

Dr Alessio Patalano

Lecturer in East Asian security and naval history, Japanese Naval and Military History. He is the Director of the Asian Security & Warfare Research Group and Research Associate at the King’s China Institute.

James W.E. Smith
James is a PhD Researcher. In 2016, James under the authorisation of the Chair started a ‘refresh programme for the unit’. His research explores theoretical debates about naval strategy and doctrine which goes to the root questions of how navies, ‘think, learn write and speak’ post 1945. 

Dr Alexander Clarke 

Alexander Clarke is currently finishing the corrections to his PhD thesis, “What Value the Dark Blue Sky?” an examination of the development of British Naval Aviation in the 1920s & 30s His current research focus is on the periods of transition & development before and after World War II, although he’s also interested in International Power Projection & International Relations, Amphibious Operations & Expeditionary Warfare, Carrier Operations & the Development of Naval Aviation, Evolution & Development of Unmanned Systems, and Equipment Design & Procurement.

Cmdr ‘BJ’ Armstrong, PhD

‘BJ’ Armstrong completed his PhD ‘"Small Boats and Daring Men: Naval Irregular Warfare & The US Navy in the Age of Sail". He instructs at the US Naval Academy.

Dr David Kohnen

David completed his PhD in the department. His thesis was titled ‘American Command and Control in the Battle of the Atlantic’. He currently instructs at the US Naval War College and runs the US Navy’s Maritime History Centre. 

Dr John Brooks

John completed his PhD thesis ‘Fire control for British Dreadnoughts : choices of technology and supply’ in 2001. He has gone on to produce a book based on his thesis: ‘Dreadnought Gunnery and the Battle of Jutland: The Question of Fire Control (Cass Series: Naval Policy and History)’ and in 2016, ‘The Battle of Jutland (Cambridge Military Histories)’. 

Timothy Moots

Tim is a PhD researcher at the department. His research is exploring how American and British defence policy in the interwar period was shaped by Britain's global communications network. Tim completed his MA at the department graduating with a distinction, his thesis explored how the US responded to the Iranian Revolution and Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan. He was awarded the British Commission for Maritime History Award in 2015 for his undergraduate thesis "Economic decline in the eastern port towns during the Hundred Years' War."

Nick Hewitt

Nick completed his Masters Degree in the Department of War Studies. He is the head of heritage development at the National Museum of the Royal Navy. 

Nick Prime

Nick Prime focuses on The U.S. Naval War College and the early Cold War scholarship being produced there on American maritime strategy and policy as well as broader work on strategic theory by a selection of key scholars and practitioners. 

Stephen Philips

Stephen Phillips is a member of the Senior Professional Staff in the National Security Analysis Department at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. His tasking includes writing historical case studies and providing engineering assessments for government sponsors. Steve served in the U.S. Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer and Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Technician with a subspecialty in Strategic Intelligence. He is conducting a historical analysis of Operation Earnest Will, the U.S. Navy's  protection of maritime shipping in the Persian Gulf during the "Tanker War," the naval component of the Iran-Iraq War. This research is focusing on the operational and tactical level of warfare for convoy escort, mine warfare, and special operations

Louis Halewood

Louis Halewood is a DPhil student at Merton College, Oxford, where he holds the John Roberts (MC3) Great War scholarship. He completed his undergraduate degree in the department where his interest in naval history was shaped by the Laughton Unit. He completed his MA at the University of Calgary, and his present doctoral research examines the relationship between diplomacy and sea power in 1914-1922, focusing on Britain, France, Italy, and the United States.

Rachel Blackman-Rogers

Rachel Blackman-Rogers research focuses on an analysis of how Britain realigned its strategy and conduct of war with her political rhetoric and war aims during 1797-1798.

Kelsy Power

Kelsy Power research focuses on the Influence of Honour on the Social Conduct of British Naval Prisoners of War Incarcerated During the Napoleonic Wars.

James Fargher

James Fargher research examines the role played by the Royal Navy in expanding the British Empire into north-eastern Africa during the late 19th century as part of a wider British effort to develop an imperial defence strategy.

Alan M Anderson

His dissertation was on the Laws of War and Naval Strategy in Great Britain and the United States, 1899-1909.

Richard Dunley 

Richard Dunley completed his PhD in 2014 on the topic of ‘‘The Royal Navy and Underwater Weapons, 1900-1914.’ He is now a records specialist at the UK National Archives. 

Carlos Alfaro Zaforteza

Completed his PhD at Kings College London on Spanish naval policy in the nineteenth century. He currently teaches the MA in Navies and Sea Power.

Ben Turnbull

Project: 'Private Industry, the Admiralty, and British Naval Munitions Manufacture 1880-1914'

Nathan Kwan

Nathan is on a joint PhD programme with the University of Hong Kong. His research focuses on Anglo-Chinese cooperation in suppressing piracy in the nineteenth century.

Cdr Mark A Barton, RN 

Mark’s research focuses on the influence the City of London tried to exert on Royal Navy behaviour through the Patriotic Fund at Lloyds. He already has a book published from earlier research on British Naval Swords and Swordsmanship. 

Kunika Kakuta 

Her research topic is: navy, democracy, and imperialism in a comparative perspective. Jointly supervised by the War Studies and Classics department.

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