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Dr Steven Wagner
Lecturer in International Security


I am an historian of intelligence, security, empire and the modern Middle East. Before coming to Brunel, I was a SSHRC postdoctoral fellow in the Department of History and Classical Studies at McGill University, Montreal. I received my DPhil from the University of Oxford, and my BA and MA from the University of Calgary. Since 2007, I have been looking at records declassified records in the UK, USA, and Israel which shed new light on the story of the Palestine Mandate, but also on the previously unknown role of intelligence in countering terrorism & insurgency, and in shaping British policy.


  • DPhil – University of Oxford
  • MA – University of Calgary
  • BA – University of Calgary


Postgraduate Programmes

  • MAISS Contributor

Module convenor

  • pp3001 The Arab-Israeli Conflict (2017-)
  • px1609 Conflict and Diplomacy since 1815 (2018-)
  • pp5604 Counterintelligence & Security (2017-)
  • pp5707 Counterintelligence & Security, Distance Learning (2017-)


  • web champion for politics & history
  • Social Media Internship lead
  • Director of Postgraduate Research

Newest selected publications

Wagner, S. (2019) 'Statecraft by Stealth: Secret Intelligence and British Rule in Palestine'. Ithaca, United States: Cornell University Press. ISSN 10: 1501736477 ISSN 13: 9781501736476


Wagner, S. (2015) 'British intelligence and Arab nationalism: the origins of the modern Middle East', in Fraser, TG. (ed.) The First World War and Its Aftermath The Shaping of the Middle East. Gingko Library. , 50. pp. 63 - 76. ISBN 10: 1-909942-75-8. Open Access Link

Book chapter

Wagner, S. (2015) 'Intelligence and the Origins of the British Middle East'. The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, 43 (4). pp. 721 - 743. ISSN: 0308-6534 Open Access Link

Journal article

Wagner, S. (2014) 'British intelligence and the ‘Fifth’occupying power: The secret struggle to prevent Jewish illegal immigration to Palestine'. Intelligence and National Security, 29 (5). pp. 698 - 726. ISSN: 0268-4527 Open Access Link

Journal article

Wagner, S. (2014) 'Whispers from Below: Zionist Secret Diplomacy, Terrorism and British Security Inside and Out of Palestine, 1944–47'. The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, 42 (3). pp. 440 - 463. ISSN: 0308-6534 Open Access Link

Journal article
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