Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Politics and International Studies

Contact Details

Dr Laura Considine

Lecturer in International Relations

I am a lecturer in International Relations specialising in US Foreign Policy. I received my M.Litt in International Security Studies from the University of St Andrews  in 2010 and my Ph.D in International Politics from Aberystwyth University in 2014. I was a Kluge Fellow at the Library of Congress in Washington DC in 2011.

Research Interests

My research interests include issues of language and communication in US politics and foreign policy. I am also interested in broader Cold War History, the politics of nuclear weapons and questions of methodology.

My current work challenges traditional ways of understanding and explanation in IR through the later work of Ludwig Wittgenstein in a study of the politics of nuclear weapons in the Nixon and Reagan administrations.


This academic year I will be teaching the undergraduate module US Foreign Policy and contributing towards the modules International Politics and Theories of IR. I will also be teaching the MA level module on US Foreign Policy.

Key Publications

Journal articles


  • Considine L, Wheeler NJ, Baker J, ‘Trust or verification? Accepting Vulnerability in the making of the INF Treaty’, in Trust, but Verify’: The Politics of Uncertainty & the Transformation of the Cold War Order, 1969-1991 (Stanford University Press, 2016)

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