Peter Wilson joined the Department of International Relations in 1987 as a doctoral student, becoming a member of faculty three years later. Over the years he has taught on a wide range of courses most notably the BSc core course IR200 International Political Theory which he convened for many years, and the MSc core course IR410 International Politics which he continues to convene.
He is the author, co-author and editor of four books and has published widely in collaborative volumes and international journals. His volume Thinkers of the Twenty Years’ Crisis: Inter-War Idealism Reassessed, which he edited with David Long for Oxford University Press in 1995, is now seen as a landmark study in the history of international thought. Other important contributions include "The Myth of the First Great Debate" (Review of International Studies, 1998) and "The English School Meets the Chicago School: The Case for a Grounded Theory of International Institutions" (International Studies Review, 2012). He is a long standing member of the British International Studies Association (BISA), the International Studies Association (ISA) and the European International Studies Association (EISA) and regularly participates in their conferences.
He has served as an External Examiner at a number of universities including Oxford and his alma mater Keele. He has also served on a number of public and charitable bodies, most prominently as Secretary of the International Studies Committee of the Gilbert Murray Trust. For further information on his work and career please click here.
Dr Wilson supervises doctoral studies in areas including:
history of modern (twentieth century) international thought; the theory and practice of international relations during the inter-war period; the primary institutions of international society; the history and theory of international society.