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Tom Arnold-Forster

Tom Arnold-Forster

Research Fellow, Gonville and Caius College

Harvey Court
Gonville and Caius College
West Road
Cambridge, CB3 9DS

Subject groups/Research projects

American History:

Departments and Institutes

Gonville & Caius College:

Research Interests

My current research explores the intellectual history of American democracy in the early twentieth century, with a particular focus on debates about public opinion and mass society, and with a particular interest in the political thought of the journalist Walter Lippmann. I have also worked on midcentury literary culture, and on the history of jazz.


I mostly teach Paper 24 in Part I: the History of the United States since 1865. I have also taught Papers 1 and 5 in Part II: Historical Argument and Practice, and Political Philosophy and the History of Political Thought since c. 1890.

Key Publications

  • "Democracy and Expertise in the Lippmann-Terman Controversy," Modern Intellectual History (forthcoming). FirstView:
  • "Dr. Billy Taylor, 'America's Classical Music,' and the Role of the Jazz Ambassador," Journal of American Studies 51/1 (2017): 117-39.