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Dr Jonathan Colman

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

Jonathan teaches American history and the history of Anglo-American relations, and his research explores British and American foreign policies in the era of the Second World War and the Cold War.

Jonathan teaches undergraduate modules exploring US domestic history; the Anglo-American 'special relationship'; and the presidency of John F. Kennedy. He contributes sessions about the early Cold War in Europe to UCLan’s M.Res in History programme. He has been course leader for UCLan’s BA (Hons) History and M.Res in History degrees, and has performed similar roles at other institutions.

Jonathan’s research explores British and American foreign policies, including the role of embassies and ambassadors, from the late 1930s to the late 1960s. He has published three monographs, and twenty or so articles in peer-reviewed journals and in edited book collections. His most recent monograph explored the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, placing this dangerous episode in a broader international and chronological perspective than is usually the case. He was a contributing editor to the four volume Encyclopedia of Diplomacy (Wiley, 2018) and is the book reviews editor for the journal Diplomacy and Statecraft.

Jonathan is now completing a biography of the British diplomat Sir Frank K. Roberts, who in a long career from 1930 to 1968 dealt with numerous international figures including Stalin, Salazar, Tito, and Khrushchev, and was deeply involved in the diplomacy of the Second World War, the Cold War, and European integration. Jonathan has been awarded a prestigious Churchill College (Cambridge University) Archives By-Fellowship to support the project. He 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 welcomes the opportunity for further supervision of research exploring twentieth century international relations, especially British, American and Soviet foreign policies.

Outside university life, Jonathan is a volunteer instructor for Lancashire Army Cadet Force, spending many of his weekends at military camps supporting cadets in their training.

  • 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.
  • Churchill College Archives By-Fellowship, University of Cambridge, 2021
  • 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.