Born and raised in Lincolnshire, David's academic career took him around the world before he finally came home. After completing undergraduate and Masters degrees at Oxford, David did his first Ph.D. in German Studies at Duke University (USA) and was awarded three seperate 12-month research grants to study in Germany, including a Humboldt Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Berlin.
Prior to coming to Lincoln, David obtained a second Ph.D. in International Relations from Oxford Brookes University. He then worked at the University of East Anglia, Royal Holloway, University of London, where he won a Teaching Excellence award, and Nottingham Trent University.
A Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, David has taught the gamut of International Relations modules and is a strong believer in getting students to think critically. In July 2018, David took several undergraduates for a week-long study trip in Berlin on the Santander Mobility Scheme. He has also participated in the work of the Lincoln Social Science Centre, a cooperative higher education venture.
David's research interests focus on International Relations theory, Marxism, and US Exceptionalism. His is currently working on a two-volume book titled, International Relations Theory: A Marxist Critique. In terms of US exceptionalism, he is interested in the disjunction between US propaganda and the practice of US foreign policy. In November 2018 he led an ESRC-funded Social Science Festival event, "Scrutinizing the Media: Fake News, Censorship, and War."