Sam Collings-Wells

PhD candidate in American History
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I am a PhD Candidate researching a project tentatively titled ‘The Ford Foundation and the Transformation of the Urban Crisis, 1970-1990’, under the supervision of Andrew Preston. It examines the role of liberal philanthropy in policing, criminal justice, and antipoverty reform in cities across the United States, and the ways in which this transformed urban policymaking more broadly during the neoliberal turn of the 1980s and 90s.

Both my Bachelors (2018, Double Starred First) and MPhil (2019, Distinction) were undertaken at the University of Cambridge. My undergraduate dissertation focused on the influence of Hollywood Westerns on the foreign policy rhetoric of John F. Kennedy, and won the Sarah Norton prize for best essay in American political history. 

I am currently researching a project tentatively titled ‘The Ford Foundation and the Transformation of the Urban Crisis, 1970-1990’ under the supervision of Prof. Andrew Preston. It examines the role of liberal philanthropy in policing, criminal justice, and antipoverty reform in cities across the United States. My previous work has also touched upon the transnational circulation of policing experts.

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"Broken Windows," History Today, vol. 70 no. 8 (2020).

"How well-intentioned reforms could worsen mass incarceration," The Washington Post, (November 2019).

"Policing the Windrush Generation," History Today, vol. 69, no. 11 (2019).

"From Community Action to Community Policing," The Metropole (July, 2019).