Dr Ryan O’Connor

My main area of research interest is in the foreign policy discourses of the United States. Specifically, I examine the interactions between multiple sites of production, the political elite, the media, and Hollywood films, to display how these interact with one another to (re)produce, sustain, and challenge a dominant foreign policy narrative. For this project I employed a mixed set of quantitative and qualitative methods to better demonstrate the myriad of processes influencing representational production. Specifically, I utilized a combination of content analysis and critical discourse analysis to deconstruct my chosen sites of production.


Aside from pursuing the research undertaken during my Ph.D. my current research extends into three main areas. Specifically, I am in the process of developing an audience reception experiment to test the impact, if any, of Hollywood films on the perceptions of American foreign policy narratives. I have also begun to collaborate on a de-radicalisation project that seeks to analyse media framings for de-radicalisation programs and highlight the policy implications of these frames. Finally, my interest in foreign policy and the role of state leaders in influencing international affairs has led me to an exploration of the role of emotions in International Relations.




With Gordon Clubb, Daniel Koehler, and Jonatan Schewe Media Framing for Deradicalization and Countering Violent Extremism Programs, Routledge (Forthcoming) 


Peer Reviewed Articles 


With Gordon Clubb, Edward Barnes, Jonatan Schewe, and Graeme Davies, Revisiting the De-Radicalisation or Disengagement Debate: Public Attitudes to the Re-Integration of Terrorists. Journal for Deradicalization

With Yuri van Hoef, Sentimental Utility Theory: interpreting the utilization of collective emotions by the political elite through the Erdoğan-Obama friendship, Political Psychology 

With Gordon Clubb, Understanding the Effectiveness and Desirability of De-Radicalisation: how de- radicalisation is framed in The Daily Mail, British Journal of Politics and International Relations