PhD International Studies University of Birmingham 2000
MTh Applied Theology University of Oxford 2013
MIS International Studies University of Birmingham 1997
PGCE Education S.Martin's College, Lancaster 1991
BA Religious Studies and English CNAA 1988
For four years Richard taught at the UK’s Defence Academy teaching strategic studies and international relations to mid-career officers from 50 nations. He has been at Birmingham for nine years teaching strategic studies and international history in POLSIS and training diplomats in CSSD. He is a qualified teacher.
Richard’s main research focus has been on traditional security issues, particularly strategic matters. He worked on military innovation and strategic culture especially in regard to the US Army after the Vietnam War and how their changes influenced national intervention policy.
His current research project looks at the role of religion in politics. An especial concern is with the role of Christianity in US foreign policy. He is also analyzing the politics of political/applied theology, aiming to develop a dialogue between the two academic disciplines. A particular concern is with the relationship between the decline of public religion and the rise of the modern state, and how this relates to religion being perceived as a source of violence and what role it should have in a western state. He is currently focusing on the work of the American theologian William T Cavanaugh.
Richard is a keen collector and reader of twentieth century fiction and contemporary poetry. A proud Wiltshireman he is a member of the Richard Jefferies Society.
Richard is keen to supervise postgraduate research in the areas of:
Strategic studies, especially in the areas of: Strategic theory, Military innovation, Strategic culture, conventional warfare, Counter insurgency, US military, US defence policy, the Vietnam War.
International history, especially US foreign policy
Lock-Pullan, R. (2006.) US Intervention Policy and Army Innovation: From Vietnam to Iraq. (London: Routledge,) ISBN 0-714-65719-0.
Journal articles and book chapters
Lock-Pullan, R. (2010) “Challenging the Political theology of America’s ‘War on Terror,” in David Fisher and Brian Wicker (eds) Just War on Terror? A Muslim and Christian Response (Ashgate, Farnham,), pp 37-52
Lock-Pullan, R. (2008) “Diplomacy, USStrategy and The Vietnam War,” in Andrew Dorman and Greg Kennedy (eds) War and Diplomacy: From World War One to the War on Terrorism (Dulles,VN:Potomac, 2008), pp 103-130.
Lock-Pullan, R. (2008) Religion and Tolerance in US Politics, Journal of American Studies 42(2): 341-346.
Lock-Pullan, R. (2008) The Church and the War on Terror. In T. Blewitt, A. Hyde-Price & W. Rees (eds) British Foreign Policy and the Anglican Church: Christian Engagement with the Contemporary World (London: Ashgate): 89-104
Lock-Pullan, R. (2008) "US Strategic Culture and The War on Terror." In John Owens and John Dumbrell (eds) America's 'War' on Terrorism and Contemporary US Foreign Policy (Lanham, MD: Lexington): 159-183
Lock-Pullan, R. (2007) "Iraq and Vietnam – Military Lessons and Legacies. in John Dumbrell and David Ryan (eds) Vietnam in Iraq: Tactics, Lessons, Legacies and Ghosts (London: Routledge): 66- 85.
Lock-Pullan, R. (2006)The US Way of War and The War on Terror. Politics and Policy, 34(2 ): 374-399.
Lock-Pullan, R. (2006) “Civilian Ideas and Military Innovation: Manoeuvre Warfare and Organisational Change in the USArmy.” in Jeffery Charlston (ed) United States Military History 1865 to the Present Day (Aldershot: Ashgate), 225-247.
Lock-Pullan, R. (2005) How to Rethink War: Conceptual Innovation and AirLand Battle Doctrine. The Journal of Strategic Studies. 28 (4): 679-702.
Lock-Pullan, R. (2005) “The Roots of Modern Manoeuvre Doctrine.” British Army Review. 137 (Summer),11-18.
Lock-Pullan, R. (2003) Learning the Limits of Virtue: Clinton, the Army and the Criteria for the Use of Military Force. Contemporary Security Policy. 24(2):133-156.
Lock-Pullan, R. (2003) An Inward Looking Time; The US Army 1973-76. Journal of Military History. 67(2):483-511.
Lock-Pullan, R. (2002), Civilian Ideas and Military Innovation: Manoeuvre Warfare and Organisational Change in the US Army. War and Society. 20(1):125-147