Julien Saint Reiman

MPhil Candidate in American History

Julien Reiman is an aspiring historian specializing in US diplomatic history. He was raised in Atlanta, Georgia and attended Columbia University, where he was awarded the Charles A. Beard Prize in History for his senior thesis on the role of low-level statesmen in US-India relations during and after WWII. He is currently expanding this research through an MPhil in American History at the University of Cambridge. He leads local ice cream tours in his spare time.

My interests are constantly developing as I delve deeper into my MPhil work. Currently, I am fascinated by the role of low-level government personnel in geopolitics: the assistant secretaries, junior diplomats, and departmental staff who often go unnamed in popular histories of the world. Focusing on their influence and motivations in US-India relations during WWII, I hope to unearth their significant role in the history of the modern world.

“The Radical Radical: Humor and Similarity in the Historiography of Abbie Hoffman.” Speech, University of East Anglia People’s History Forum, Norwich, United Kingdom, February 16, 2019. “A Starving Man Helping Another Starving Man: UNRRA, India, and the Genesis of Global Relief, 1943-1947.” Speech, Trinity College Historians' Lunch Seminar, Cambridge, United Kingdom, October 25, 2019. “Education and Refugee Welfare.” Keynote Address, Phillips Academy W. E. B. DuBois Colloquium for Global Citizenship, Andover, United States, July 20, 2017.

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“They’ve Lost their Municipal Minds: How the Central Park Be-In made New York Parks More Fun and Less Radical,” Tufts Historical Review, XI, 2018.