Simon Pratt is a Lecturer in Political Science at the School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne. Prior to this he was a Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Studies, in the School of Sociology, Politics, and International Studies, University of Bristol, and a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the Mortara Center for International Studies, Georgetown University. He holds a PhD from the University of Toronto, where he has also been a sessional lecturer.
His research focuses on institutional change, strategic innovation, and normative evolution in national and international security sectors. His book on targeted killing, torture, and mercenarism has just been published with Cambridge University Press. His current major project, building on existing research in DC and with planned additional field sites in Israel and Australia, examines the private intelligence industry and practices of government contracting.
His past work has focused on issues in international relations theory and on US counter-terrorism policies, and may be found in recent publications in International Theory, International Studies Quarterly, European Journal of International Relations, International Studies Review
, and Terrorism and Political Violence.
In addition to his academic work, he has published a number of popular and editorial essays on current events. More details on my research.