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Dr Jonathan Colman

Senior Lecturer in International History
School of Humanities, Language & Global Studies

Jonathan is a historian of British and American foreign policies, and international history more broadly. He teaches American history and the history of Anglo-American relations.

Jonathan teaches undergraduate modules in US domestic history c.1750-1970; the Anglo-American 'special relationship' in the twentieth century; and the presidency of John F. Kennedy. At postgraduate level he is responsible for teaching the origins of the Cold War in Europe. Jonathan has been course leader for the University of Central Lancashire's BA (Hons) History and M.Res in History degrees. At previous institutions he has taught military history and the history of secret intelligence.

Jonathan is a committed researcher who specialises in the history of British and American foreign policies, including the role of embassies and ambassadors, mainly but not exclusively from the Second World War through to the era of the Vietnam War. He has published three monographs, and twenty or so articles in peer-reviewed journals and in edited book collections. His most recent monograph placed the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 in a broader international and chronological perspective than is usually the case. Jonathan is now completing a biography of the British diplomat Sir Frank K. Roberts, who in a long career dealt with numerous international figures including Stalin, Salazar, Tito, and Khrushchev, and was involved in the diplomacy of the Second World War, the Cold War, and European integration. Jonathan has presented his research findings at numerous conferences, and has provided commentary for newspapers and for BBC radio. He has supervised several PhD students, and would welcome the opportunity for further supervision. Jonathan was a contributing editor to the four volume _Routledge Encyclopedia of Diplomacy_ (2018) and is the book reviews editor for the journal _Diplomacy and Statecraft_. Outside university life, he is a volunteer for Lancashire Army Cadet Force.

  • PhD in History, University of Liverpool, 2003.
  • MA (Distinction) in International Studies, University of Leeds, 1995.
  • PGCE in Further, Adult and Higher Education, Manchester Metropolitan University, 2003.
  • BA (Hons) First Class in Combined Honours, Liverpool Institute of Higher Education, 1995.
  • Elected Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, 2016.
  • Diplomatic/international history of the twentieth century, especially British and American foreign policies through the Second World War and the Cold War
  • Anglo-American relations
  • the Cuban Missile Crisis
  • the Vietnam War
  • US presidents especially Kennedy and Johnson
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Authority.