Dr Jonathan Colman
Senior Lecturer in International History
School of Humanities, Language & Global Studies
Jonathan teaches undergraduate modules about the domestic history of the United States, and about British, American and Russian foreign policies in the twentieth century. His current research explores the role of Sir Frank Kenyon Roberts, a diplomat of Lancastrian origins who had an important role in British foreign policy from the Second World War until the late 1960s.
Jonathan has a background in international history and international relations, and has worked previously at the prestigious Department of International Politics at the University of Aberystwyth. He teaches undergraduate modules exploring US domestic history, superpower relations, and the policies of the Kennedy presidency. He teaches a module on British foreign and defence policies for UCLan’s MA in International Relations.
He is a Research Degrees Tutor and is an active researcher himself. He has published three monographs, and twenty-plus articles in peer-reviewed journals and in edited book collections. His last 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 Kenyon Roberts, who in a long career from 1930 to 1968 dealt with numerous international figures including Stalin and Khrushchev, and was deeply involved in the diplomacy of the Second World War, the Cold War, and European integration. Jonathan was awarded a prestigious Churchill College (Cambridge University) Archives By-Fellowship to support the project. He has supervised several PhD students, and welcomes the opportunity for further supervision of research exploring twentieth century diplomatic and international history, especially British and American foreign policies.
Outside university life, Jonathan is a volunteer instructor for Lancashire Army Cadet Force, spending many of his weekends at military camps supporting young people in their training and development.
- 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
- Archives By-Fellow, Churchill College, Cambridge
- Fellow of the Higher Education Authority
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- My main research is the project 'War, Cold War, and European Integration: The Diplomatic Career of Sir Frank K. Roberts', which will lead to the publication of a monograph and articles in peer-reviewed journals.
- Jonathan has been awarded research funding from the British Academy and numerous other sources.
- Jonathan has presented his research findings at conferences of the British International History Group, the Transatlantic Studies Association, and the British Association for American Studies.