John graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a first class degree in Natural Science, majoring in Geography, before beginning an ESRC-funded PhD in Geography at the University of Exeter. After completing his PhD, John taught at Exeter for a year before going to NUI Galway where he lectures on political and cultural geography. His current research explores the interventionary practices of US national security interests in the Middle East, with particular reference to US Central Command (CENTCOM). He received a Government of Ireland IRCHSS Fellowship in 2007/2008 for a research project on CENTCOM, which he spent at the Center for Place, Culture and Politics at CUNY Graduate Center. He is currently writing a geopolitical history of CENTCOM for University of Georgia Press entitled 'The Long War', much of which was drafted during a year-long fellowship at the University of Cambridge in 2013/2014. In addition to his research, John is passionately committed to his teaching. In 2009, he coordinated the establishment of the MA in Environment, Society & Development at NUI Galway, for which he is Programme Director. It has been a leading Masters programme at NUI Galway since, attracting international students from all over the world. The programme has won a number of research and teaching accolades for its international civic engagement element, which involves students working on the ground with the UN in Bosnia. John won the President's Award for Teaching Excellence at NUI Galway in 2011, and in 2012 won the NAIRTL Irish National Academy Award for Research and Teaching Excellence.