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Dr Dan Lomas

Lecturer in International History

Biography

I have been a Lecturer in International History at the University of Salford since January 2014. Before this I completed my AHRC funded doctoral research on intelligence and security during the post-war Attlee government, 1945-1951. My research looks at the post-war interface between intelligence, security and policy in Britain.

My book Intelligence, Security and the Attlee Governments, 1945 - 1951 is available from Manchester University Press and was shortlisted for the Royal Historical Society's Whitfield Prize for first academic monograph. I have also published in the Journal of Intelligence History, Intelligence and National Security, The Historical Journal, The Journal of Imperial & Commonwealth History and The International History Review. Beyond academic publishing, I have contributed to The Conversation UK, BBC History Magazine, The New Statesman, History Today, as well as discussions on BBC 5 Live, ITV Granada, BBC Radio Scotland, Channel 5 News, and other media outlets.

I am programme leader for Salford’s part-time Distance Learning MA in Intelligence & Security Studies, and the Admissions Lead for all politics and history-related undergraduate programmes at the University.

I am willing to supervise dissertations on a range of topics including Britain and the Cold War, British intelligence and security, and contemporary intelligence and security issues. Recent subjects include British policy towards the Soviet Union, 1945-1949, the impact of the Suez crisis on British decolonisation, the development of British counter-insurgency in Malaya and Kenya, and post-war strategic deception.

In September 2019 I was awarded the Vice Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award for ‘outstanding’ student learning support and innovative teaching pedagogy. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy having obtained a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice.

Teaching

Modules Convened:

  • Intelligence and Conflict: British Intelligence at War (MAISS and MAISS-DL)
  • The Secret State: Domestic Security in Britain, 1883-present (MAISS and MAISS-DL)
  • Britain and the Cold War (Level 5)
  • International History, 1789-1914 (Level 5).
  • Introduction to Intelligence, Security & Terrorism Studies (Level 4)
  • International History I, 1889-1945 (Level 4).  
  • International History II, 1945-2001 (Level 4).

 

Modules Contributed to:  

  • Issues in Intelligence (MAISS and MAISS-DL)
  • Intelligence, Security and Politics in Britain (L5)

Research Interests

Intelligence, security, diplomacy, defence, politics

Qualifications and Memberships

PhD Clement Attlee, the Labour Governments and Britain’s Intelligence Community, 1945-1951 (from University of Salford).

Funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council.

MA. Intelligence & Security Studies (from The University of Salford).

Distinction

BA. (Hons) Contemporary Military and International History (from University of Salford).

First Class

PgCAP Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (from University of Salford) – 2015

Publications

Books

Lomas, D 2019, Intelligence and Espionage: Secrets and Spies (Seminar Studies in History) (with Dr. Christopher J. Murphy), Routledge, Oxon, UK. (link)

2016

Lomas, D 2016, Intelligence, Security and the Attlee Governments, 1945 - 1951 - An uneasy relationship?, Manchester University Press, Manchester, UK. (link)

 

Refereed Journal Articles

Lomas, D & Ward, S & McLoughlin, L 2020, '"Hello, world": GCHQ, Twitter and social media engagement', Intelligence and National Security.

2019

Lomas, D 2019, 'Crocodiles in the corridors: security vetting, race and Whitehall, 1945-1968', Journal of Imperial & Commonwealth History. (link)

2019

Lomas, D 2019, 'Facing the Dictators: Anthony Eden, the Foreign Office and British Intelligence, 1935-1945', International History Review. (link)

2015

Lomas, D 2015, '"...the Defence of the Realm and nothing else": Sir Findlater Stewart, Labour Ministers and the Security Service', Intelligence and National Security, 30(6), pp.793-816. (link)

2014

Lomas, D & Murphy, C 2014, 'Communication: Return to Neverland? Freedom of Information and the History of British Intelligence', The Historical Journal, 57(1), pp.273-287. (link)

2013

Lomas, D 2013, 'Labour Ministers, Intelligence and Domestic Anti-Communism, 1945-51', Journal of Intelligence History, 12(2), pp.113-133. (link)

 

Other Journal Articles

Lomas, D 2018, 'The drugs don't work: intelligence, torture and the London Cage, 1940-1948', Intelligence and National Security , 33(6), pp.918-929. (link)

 

Book Sections

Lomas, D 2020 'Homosexuality and Security in the British Foreign Office: An Outline History, 1945-1991 ', in: Into the Wilderness of Mirrors: The Five Eyes and Counter Intelligence in the Cold War , University of Toronto Press, Toronto , Canada .

Lomas, D 2013 'A Tale of Torture? Alexander Scotland, The London Cage, and Post-War British Secrecy', in: Moran, C & Murphy, C (eds.), Intelligence Studies in Britain and the US: Historiography Since 1945 , Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh , United Kingdom, pp.251-262.

 

Magazine Articles

2019

Lomas, D 2019 'Beyond Bletchley: GCHQ and British Intelligence', in: History Today, 69(11), November 2019. (link)

2019

Lomas, D 2019 'UK ambassador leaks: Donald Trump’s reaction to Kim Darroch’s criticism reeks of double standards', in: The Conversation, July 2019.

2019

Lomas, D & Murphy, C 2019 'Rory Stewart: spies have a long history of becoming politicians', in: The Conversation, June 2019.

2018

Lomas, D 2018 'Don’t believe the hype about post-Brexit security threats ¿ on either side', in: The Conversation, November 2018.

2018

Lomas, D 2018 'Skripal case: a sense of déjà vu that poses problems for Britain', in: The Conversation, September 2018.

2018

Lomas, D 2018 'Not-So-Secret Operation: Iran, Britain and Operation BOOT', in: History Today, History Matters, 68(8), August 2018, pp.14-16.

2018

Lomas, D 2018 'Donald Trump’s fight with his own intelligence services will only get worse', in: The Conversation, July 2018.

2018

Lomas, D 2018 'Britain, MI6 and the Belhaj case: the outstanding questions', in: The Conversation, May 2018.

2018

Lomas, D 2018 'Sergei Skripal and the long history of assassination attempts abroad ', in: The Conversation, March 2018.

2018

Lomas, D 2018 'Was Jeremy Corbyn a Communist spy? The evidence says no', in: The Conversation, February 2018.

2018

Lomas, D 2018 'The most vulnerable targets: Why the Soviet Union loved both Labour and Tory MPs', in: The New Statesman, February 2018.

2018

Lomas, D 2018 'British government's new anti-fake news unit has been tried before and it got out of hand', in: The Conversation, January 2018.

 

Lomas, D 2018 'The missing papers at the National Archives may not be a grand conspiracy after all', in: The Conversation, January 2018.

2017

Lomas, D 2017 'The Manchester bombing: unknown unknowns and hindsight bias', in: The Conversation, December 2017.

2017

Lomas, D 2017 'Cold War Clem', in: History Today, History Matters, 67(9), September 2017.

2017

Lomas, D 2017 'London Bridge attack: why the terror threat level was downgraded ', in: The Conversation, June 2017.

2017

Lomas, D 2017 'Manchester attack: a sophisticated operation that increases pressure on security services ', in: The Conversation, May 2017.

Lomas, D 2017 'Manchester : une opération sophistiquée qui met sous pression le gouvernement ', in: The Conversation , May 2017.

2017

Lomas, D 2017 'Comey sacking won’t stop intelligence leaks or prevent an investigation ', in: The Conversation, May 2017.

2017

Lomas, D 2017 'Why it’s unfair to single out Jeremy Corbyn over MI5 surveillance ', in: The Conversation, May 2017.

2017

Lomas, D 2017 'Cold War II? What history can tell us about the present ', in: The Conversation, April 2017.

2017

Lomas, D 2017 'Trump versus the intelligence agencies - we've seen it all before', in: The Conversation, March 2017.

2017

Lomas, D 2017 ''Whether or not Trump claims are true, Russia is still using sex for spying'', in: The Conversation, January 2017.

2017

Lomas, D 2017 ''Clement Attlee: Cold War records reveal new side to popular prime minister'', in: The Conversation, January 2017.

2016

Lomas, D 2016 'Alan Turing was one of many persecuted by Whitehall for their sexuality', in: The Conversation , April 2016.

2015

Lomas, D & Murphy, C 2015 'Revealed: the panic that followed the defection of the Cambridge spies', in: The Conversation, October 2015.

 

Newspaper Articles

Parveen, N & Lomas, D 2018, 'MI5 believed black people posed security risk, papers reveal ', in: The Guardian, 15/10/2018.

 

Lomas, D 2018, 'Intelligence Liaison and Torture: Catch-22 for Britain¿s Spies?', in: The Globe Post, 18/07/2018.

Blogs

 

Lomas, D 2019, Integrity Initiative: where now for the UK's anti-fake news drive?, (Blog), International Affairs Blog, N/A, UK.

2018

Lomas, D 2018, Intelligence, Attlee and the Brook Report, (Blog), London, UK.

2018

Lomas, D 2018, 'Lost files, history thieves and contemporary British history', (Blog), History & Policy, London, UK.

2017

Lomas, D 2017, GCHQ - A new authorised history, (Blog), History & Policy, London, UK.

 

Reviews

 

Lomas, D 2019, 'Review: Before intelligence failed: British secret intelligence on chemical and biological weapons in the Soviet Union, South Africa and Libya', in: International Affairs, Oxford University Press, Oxford , UK, pp.946-948.

2019

Lomas, D 2019, 'Review: Principled spying: the ethics of secret intelligence', in: International Affairs, Oxford University Press, Oxford , UK, pp.720-721.

20

Lomas, D 2019, 'Book Review: Stalin¿s Englishman: the lives of Guy Burgess by Andrew Lownie', in: Journal of Intelligence History, Taylor & Francis, London, UK, pp.269-270.

 

Lomas, D 2019, 'The Zinoviev letter: The Zinoviev letter: the conspiracy that never dies', in: International Affairs, Oxford University Press, Oxford , UK, pp.201-206.

2017

Lomas, D 2017, 'Review: Secret Files from World War to Cold War: British Government and Secret Intelligence and Foreign Policy files', in: Review of Secret Files from World War to Cold War: British Government and Secret Intelligence and Foreign Policy files, (review no. 2209), Reviews in History , London, UK.

2015

Lomas, D 2015, 'Open source intelligence in a networked world, by Anthony Olcott, New York, Continuum, 2012', in: Journal of Intelligence History, Taylor & Francis , Abingdon, UK, pp.76-77.

20

Lomas, D 2015, 'The Official History of the Joint Intelligence Committee, Volume 1: From the Approach of the Second World War to the Suez Crisis, by Michael S. Goodman', in: Journal of Intelligence History, Taylor & Francis , Abingdon, United Kingdom.