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William Stewart


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Title (provisional): Extraterrestrial Structures: territorialisation and politics of the International Space Station
My research seeks to investigate the geopolitics of the International Space Station using assemblage and actor-network theories. At the heart of my research is the exploration of territorial--political, material, technological--boundaries and the emergence and future of extraterrestrial human habitation.

Primary Supervisor: Prof. Jason Dittmer
Secondary Supervisor: Prof. Andrew Barry


Prior to coming to academia, I spent a decade serving at various levels of government in the United States, from the local judicial system to the US Department of State at the United Nations. I spent six of those years as a military intelligence analyst with the US Air Force as a Persian-Farsi and -Dari Cryptologic Language Analyst. I also briefly taught at primarily low-income schools in the US primarily working with students on the Autism spectrum.


MPhil/PhD Candidate Human Geography, University College London -- 2020 - Ongoing
--Dissertation - Extraterrestrial Structures: territorialisation and politics of the International Space Station

MSc Environment, Politics and Society, University College London -- 2019 - 2020
--Dissertation - ‘It was much easier to blame it on Them’: Dialogues on National Identity in Terry Pratchett’s Jingo

Dual MA International Relations and Economics, University of Oklahoma -- 2017 - 2019
--Thesis - NGOs and Watershed Governance: An analysis of NGO contributions in the Anacostia Watershed
--Research - Graduate Student Internship with US State Department Mission to the United Nations funded by OU CIS Grant; one week of Developmental Economics field research in Punjab State, India

BA in Political Science, Oklahoma State University -- 2003 - 2008
--Areas of Concentration: Economies of East Asia, Geopolitics, Constitutional Law and American Government