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Dr Bill Foster

Dr Bill Foster

Vice-Principal, Homerton College

20th and 21st-century international history

Politics and official secrecy in Europe and America

Homerton College
Cambridge CB2 8PH
Office Phone: 01223 7 47145


BA Pennsylvania; PhD Cornell; MA Cantab.; FRHistS

Keasbey Fellow, Selwyn College, 2001-04

Fellow of Homerton College, 2007-present; Vice-Principal 2014-19

Subject groups/Research projects

American History:
Modern European History:

Departments and Institutes

Homerton College:

Research Interests

The modern intelligence agency and official secrecy in international political and cultural perspective.

Research Supervision

I am not currently accepting new research students.


Part I: paper 18 (modern Europe), paper 24 (modern America), paper 6 (Modern British -- political).

Key Publications

(All publications co-written with Rose Grey)

Current Books:

European Intelligence Agencies and the Cultures of Official Secrecy. In progress.

CIA in Europe: A History. In progress.

The Earls Grey and their Empires: 1,200 years of British borderlands and overseas histories in the lives of one family. In progress.

Current Articles:

'Crossroads of Secrecy: Swiss intelligence in international and historical perspective'.

'The factor of secret intelligence in European integration'.

'NATO and national identity: the case of Danish intelligence during and after the Cold War'.

'British security and the European Union: the perpetual controversy over shared secret intelligence'.

'Politicisation and the US Intelligence Community: An early historical assessment of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence'.