Reader in American History
Co-editor, The Historical Journal
Cambridge CB2 1TL
Subject groups/Research projects
Departments and Institutes
I specialize in the history of American foreign relations, broadly defined, and examine the applications of American power abroad, primarily towards East and Southeast Asia since the 1890s. But my teaching and research interests also lie in the intersections between the national and the international, the foreign and the domestic, especially the influence domestic politics and culture - particularly religion - have had on the conduct of U.S. foreign policy.
I am happy to supervise MPhil and PhD dissertations on most aspects of American political, religious, and foreign relations history in any period since the Civil War.
In Part I, Paper 24 (US History since 1865) and Themes and Sources Option vi (American Perspectives on East and Southeast Asia). I am also Part II Director of Studies in History at Clare.
Other Professional Activities
In addition to my scholarly work, my writing has appeared in the Toronto Globe & Mail, History Today, the Boston Globe, Religion & Politics, Politico, the TLS, and ForeignAffairs.com. I sit on the editorial boards of Diplomatic History, History, and Diplomacy & Statecraft, and was elected to serve on the Executive Council of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR).
- American Foreign Relations: A Very Short Introduction. New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming.
- America in the World: A History in Documents from the War with Spain to the War on Terror. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2014 (co-editor, with Jeffrey A. Engel and Mark Atwood Lawrence).
- Sword of the Spirit, Shield of Faith: Religion in American War and Diplomacy. New York: Knopf, 2012.
- Nixon in the World: U.S. Foreign Relations, 1969-1977. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008 (co-editor, with Fredrik Logevall).
- The War Council: McGeorge Bundy, the NSC, and Vietnam. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2006.
Articles and Book Chapters
- “Globalized Faith, Radicalized Religion, and the Domestic Sources of U.S. Foreign Policy.” In Beyond the Cold War: Lyndon Johnson and the New Global Challenges of the 1960s, ed. Francis J. Gavin and Mark Atwood Lawrence. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013: 247-270.
- “Peripheral Visions: American Mainline Protestants and the Global Cold War.” Cold War History 13:1 (February 2013): 109-130.
- “Tempered by the Fires of War: Vietnam and the Transformation of the Evangelical Worldview.” In American Evangelicals and the 1960s, ed. Axel R. Schäfer. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2013: 189-208.
- “Evangelical Internationalism: A Conservative Worldview for the Age of Globalization.” In The Right Side of the Sixties: Reexamining Conservatism’s Decade of Transformation, ed. Laura Jane Gifford and Daniel K. Williams. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012: 221-240.
- “The Spirit of Democracy: Religious Liberty and American Anti-Communism during the Cold War.” In Uncertain Empire: American History and the Idea of the Cold War, ed. Joel Isaac and Duncan Bell. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012: 141-163.
- “Introduction: The Religious Cold War.” In Religion and the Cold War: A Global Perspective, ed. Philip Muehlenbeck. Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press, 2012: xi-xxii.
- “Universal Nationalism: Christian America’s Response to the Years of Upheaval.” In The Shock of the Global: The 1970s in Perspective, ed. Niall Ferguson, Charles S. Maier, Erez Manela, and Daniel J. Sargent. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2010: 306-318.
- “The Deeper Roots of Faith and Foreign Policy.” International Journal 65:2 (Spring 2010): 451-462.
- “The Politics of Realism and Religion: Christian Responses to Bush’s New World Order.” Diplomatic History 34:1 (January 2010): 95-118.
- “Religion and World Order at the Dawn of the American Century.” In The US Public and American Foreign Policy, ed. Andrew Johnstone and Helen Laville. New York and London: Routledge, 2010: 73-86.
- “The Iraq War as Contemporary History.” International History Review 30:4 (December 2008): 796-808.
- “Bridging the Gap between Church and State in the History of American Foreign Relations.” Diplomatic History 30:5 (November 2006): 783-812.