Dr Cameron Hunter

Political Sciences and International Studies Alumni

PhD Researcher in Political Science and International Studies (ESRC 1+3)
School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies, University of Bristol

Start date: September 2013

Graduation date: September 2018

Research topic: US Reactions to China’s “Rise in Space”

Drawing on public and declassified documents, my research tracks the construction of the “Chinese Space Threat” in US policy discourses from 1958 to the present. I particularly focus on China’s so-called “rise in space,” a concept used by American observers to contextualise events since 2000. This has included the launch of China’s first person into space and the demonstration of a series of technologies with the potential to be used as “space weapons.” Using a theoretical approach which combines insights from Critical Security and Science and Technology Studies, my project explores the technopolitics which constitute the official US response to China’s “new” technical capabilities.

Research supervisors: Professor Yongin Zhang, Dr Columba Peoples

Professional memberships/Positions held:

British Research Council Fellow, Library of Congress (2015), Research Fellow, Schumacher Institute

Email: ch13595@bristol.ac.uk

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CP_Hunter