Dr Cindy May

Dr Cindy May

Visiting Fellow

Department of International Relations

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Key Expertise
United States Foreign Policy, Middle East, Terrorism, Security Studies

About me

Cindy is a Visiting Fellow in foreign policy analysis in the department of international relations. Prior to joining LSE, she was a Lecturer in U.S. Foreign Policy at Queen Mary University of London. She was also previously a Lecturer in the Defence Studies Department at King’s College London.

She completed her PhD in Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge.  Her doctoral thesis entitled “United States Presidential Decision-Making and the Use of Force during Crises in the Middle East and North Africa: 1979-2009” examined the American use of force in the Middle East and North Africa, utilising the Iran Hostage Crisis (1979), the Bombing of Libya (1986), the Gulf War (1991), and the Iraq War (2003) as case studies. During the PhD she supervised undergraduate students in Politics at the University of Cambridge as a tutorial supervisor.

Cindy received a B.A. in Politics, International Studies, and Spanish from Butler University (USA) and an MPhil in International Relations from the University of Cambridge. She has worked on two occasions at the U.S. State Department in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research and the Political and Military Affairs Bureau. She has also served as a researcher for the UK Defence Forum Defence Viewpoints publication.

Her research interests broadly focus on U.S. politics and foreign policy, Middle East politics, and terrorism studies.  Cindy is currently working on two research projects. The first examines the role of rhetoric and power fluctuations in American decline phases. The second explores the connection between the anti-terrorism policies of North African and Middle Eastern states and their domestic politics. 


Not available to supervise MPhil/PhD students.



Expertise Details

U.S. foreign policy and politics; foreign policy analysis; American foreign policy towards the Middle East; Middle East security and politics; terrorism; Islamist and jihadist groups; including the Islamic State (IS) and Al Qaeda; security studies