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About Dr David Rampton

Dr David Rampton is a Lecturer in World Politics in the Politics & IR Faculty at New College of the Humanities where he coordinates and lectures on the undergraduate second year course, Old Powers, New Powers, Imperialism, Colonialism and the Modern State. He studied Politics and History at SOAS where he was awarded a First Class Honours degree, a Distinction in his Masters and a PhD. While studying for his Doctorate, Dr Rampton taught in the departments of Politics and Development Studies at SOAS. In 2012, he was appointed a Fellow in Global Politics in the departments of Government and International Relations at the London School of Economics and joined the Politics/IR Faculty at New College of the Humanities in 2016.


PhD, SOAS (2010)

MSc in Politics of Asia and Africa, SOAS (1996)

BA (Hons) in History and Politics, SOAS (1996)

Professional Affiliations

Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy, SOAS (Research Associate)

International Studies Association (Member)

Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism  (Member)

Centre for International Studies, LSE (Visiting Fellow) (2015-16)

Conflict Research Group, LSE (Member 2012-16)

British International Studies Association  (Member)

International Working Group on Sri Lanka  (Member)

Centre for South Asian Studies (SSAI), SOAS  (Member)


Dr David Rampton's Research

David Rampton’s research focuses on the role of identity and social order in historical processes of conflict, political violence and war in colonial and postcolonial contexts. Key to this focus is the dynamic intersection between liberal, imperial and nationalist orders and identities. Dr. Rampton has published in edited volumes and in high-ranking journals including the European Journal of International Relations, Review of International Studies and Commonwealth and Comparative Politics


‘A long view of liberal peace and its crisis’, with Suthaharan Nadarajah, European Journal of International Relations (Online First, June 2016)

‘The Limits of Hybridity and the Crisis of Liberal Peace’, with Suthaharan Nadarajah, Review of International Studies, Volume 41, Issue 01, (January 2015) pp 49-72

‘State-building, Nation-building and Reconstruction’, with Vesna Bojicic-Dzelillovic and Denisa Kostovicova in Mary Kaldor and Iavor Rangelov (eds) The Handbook of Global Security Policy (Wiley Blackwell, 2014)

‘In the Wake of Legends… The Significance of Ontological Approaches to the Study of Nationalism’, Appendix Chapter to the third reissue of B Kapferer, Legends of People, Myths of State: Violence, Intolerance and Political Culture in Sri Lanka and Australia (Berghahn, 2012)

‘Deeper Hegemony: The Politics of Sinhala Nationalist Authenticity and the Failure of Power-Sharing in Sri Lanka’, Commonwealth and Comparative Politics, 49(2) (2011) pp 245-273

‘Would the Real Dutugemunu Please Stand Up?’ The Politics of Sinhala Nationalist Authenticity and Populist Discontent’ with Asanga Welikala, in J Goodhand, B Korf, J Spencer (Eds) Conflict and Peace-building in Sri Lanka: Caught in the Peacetrap? (Routledge, 2010)

The Politics of the South: Strategic Conflict Assessment of Sri Lanka, with Asanga Welikala (SCA – The Asia Foundation, 2005)

Dr David Rampton's Teaching

Teaching Appointments

David is a Lecturer in World Politics in the Faculty of Politics and International Relations, at NCH

Visiting Lecturer Dept of International Relations, London School of Economics: Course Coordinator, Lecturer and Seminar Chair on IR449: Conflict and Peacebuilding, on the International Relations MSc programme in the International Relations Department (2015 – present)

Fellow in Global Politics, IR and Government departments, LSE: teaching Conflict and Peacebuilding and Politics of Globalization (2012 – 2015)

Senior Teaching Fellow, CISD, Development Studies and Political Studies departments, SOAS: teaching various courses on IR, nationalism and forced migration (2004 – 2012)

Visiting Lecturer, Conflict, Intervention and Development UG course, School of Social Sciences, Media and Cultural Studies, University of East London (2007)

Course Tutor, Development Studies and Political Studies departments, SOAS (2002 – 2004)

Course Development

Course Coordinator, Lecturer and Tutor on NCH507: Old Powers, New Powers: Colonialism, Imperialism and the Modern State, a full unit second year course on the liberal arts undergraduate programme at New College of the Humanities. Also Course Coordinator/Designer for the Global Politics I & II core courses of the Global Politics MSc Programme at NCH (2016 – present)

Design and development (with Mark Hoffman) of IR449 Conflict and Peacebuilding MSc course in International Relations Dept., LSE (2013 – 2017)

Assisted in redesign of GV4A4 Politics of Globalization core course on Global Politics MSc Programme, Govt. Dept. LSE (2013 – 2015)

Design and development of NCH Politics/IR Faculty UG Course NCH507: Old Powers, New Powers: Colonialism, Imperialism and the Modern State (2016 – 2017)

Assisted Faculty members in design and development of NCH Politics/IR Faculty Global Politics MSc Programme (2016 – 2017)

Design and development of NCH Politics/IR Faculty Global Politics MSc Programme core courses, Global Politics I and Global Politics II  (2016 – 2017)

Recent Professional Activity

Research Associate, Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy (CISD), SOAS  

Associate Editor of International Social Science Journal, an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal published by John Wiley and Sons (2017 – present)

Completion of Issue Papers on Political Buddhism in Burma and Sri Lanka for the Governance and Insider Peacebuilders in Societies in Transition from War to Peace Research Action Project funded by the Government of Canada (International Development Research Centre), University of Windsor, Berghof Foundation and Universiti Sains Malaysia (REPUSM) (2015 – 16)

Authored an evaluation review, commissioned by UNHCR, of the 2012 UNHCR Eligibility Guidelines for Assessing the International Protection Needs of Asylum-Seekers from Sri Lanka (2013)