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John Collins

John_BIGDr. John Collins is coordinator of the LSE IDEAS International Drug Policy Project

He is also coordinator of the Expert Group on the Economics of Drug Policy. He edited the 2012 LSE IDEAS Special Report, Governing the Global Drug Wars.

John earned a PhD from the Department of International History at the London School of Economics. His research focuses on Anglo-American relations and international drug control over the period 1939-1964 and the creation of the UN Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs in 1961. Specifically, his work seeks to locate the issue of drug control both within the context of evolving Anglo-American relations, and the Cold War more broadly.

Prior to returning to London for his PhD, John spent a year in New York and Washington D.C. working with the Drug Policy Alliance on issues related to U.S. domestic drug policy reform. He is originally from Dublin, Ireland, where he obtained his BA in economics and political science from Trinity College Dublin. He then went on to earn his MSc in the history of empires from the LSE in 2009.


Areas of Expertise

  • International Drug Control
  • Anglo-American Relations
  • American Foreign Policy
Teaching (GTA):
  • HY116: International History Since 1890.