Principal Sally Mapstone announced today the death of Dr Mark Currie, who passed away suddenly at his home on Thursday 30 May.
Dr Mark Currie was a senior research fellow in the School of International Relations at the University of St Andrews.
Dr Currie had been a research and senior fellow at the Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV) since 2010. He convened their Masters module on the Fundamentals of Terrorist Violence, as well as Junior Honours modules with similar themes. Additionally, Dr Currie also supervised doctoral and post-doctoral research.
This past academic year, Dr Currie taught his first undergraduate module at St Andrews.
On his role as an academic scholar, Principal Mapstone stated in email, “A scholar who could be considered a polymath, his intellectual interests were distinguished both by breadth and depth. He wrote and edited a series of books on extraordinarily diverse topics including right-wing political violence, Irish dissident Republican terrorism, and a medieval Sufi shrine in India.”
Before St Andrews and The Handa Centre, Dr Currie received a degree in anthropology at the University of Cambridge, later earning a post-graduate diploma in theology in comparative religion at the University of Oxford. He also completed his doctorate on aspects of Islam in South Asia.
After his studies, he was employed as a British civil servant, where he worked in defence and diplomacy. This position led him to service in Washington, D.C., Berlin, and other destinations around the world.
Principal Mapstone said, “Colleagues in the School remember Mark as a kind and considerate person who will be sadly missed. Our thoughts go out to his wife Francesca, and their family.”
Funeral arrangements will be made public by the St Andrews Chaplaincy once they are available.