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Jonathan Colman

Dr. Jonathan Colman

Senior Lecturer in International History

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Livesey House, LH308

+44 (0) 1772 89 3114

Subject Areas: History, Politics and International Relations

Jonathan is a historian of American and British foreign policies during the Cold War, and has taught and published widely in this area. His latest monograph explores the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, placing this dramatic confrontation in a wide perspective.

Jonathan is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

Full Profile

Dr Jonathan Colman is a historian of US and British foreign policies, including the role of embassies and foreign ministries, during the twentieth century. He has published three monographs – including one placing the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 in an international perspective – and numerous articles in leading peer-reviewed journals.

Jonathan would be would be delighted to supervise research students exploring the international history of the twentieth century, especially British and American foreign policies from the beginning of the twentieth century until the end of the Cold War.


  • PhD, University of Liverpool, 2003. Dissertation: ‘Harold Wilson, Lyndon B. Johnson and Anglo-American relations ‘‘at the summit’’, 1964-68’.
  • MA (Distinction): International Studies, University of Leeds, 1996. Joint winner of the ‘Solk Prize’ for best performance.
  • PGCE in Further, Adult and Higher Education, Manchester Metropolitan University, 2003.
  • BA Combined Hons (First Class), Liverpool Institute of Higher Education, 1995.

External Activities


British Academy Small Research Grant, 2010-11, for archival research in Britain and the United States into ‘Britain, the Kashmir Question and the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965’.

British Academy Small Research Grant, 2004-07, for archival research in Britain and the United States into ‘The Role of the US Embassy in London, 1946-53’.

Recent Presentations

‘The Legal Case for the Blockade of Cuba during the Missile Crisis, October-November 1962’, British International History Group, September 2016.

‘Reassessing the Cuban Missile Crisis’, School of History, University of Kent, February 2016 (by invitation).

‘Averell Harriman and the Vietnam War, 1963-69’, International History Seminar Series, Institute of Historical Research, London, 2013 (by invitation). 

‘The US Embassy in the 1960s’, conference to mark 120th anniversary of the US Embassy in London, held at the US Embassy London, 2013 (by invitation).

‘The “Bowl of Jelly”: the State Department in the Kennedy and Johnson Years, 1961-68’, British International History Group, UWE, 2013.

British International History Group, University of East Anglia, 2004: ‘The Washington Embassy of Sir Patrick Dean 1965-69’.

British Association of American Studies, University of Aberystwyth, 2003: ‘The London Ambassadorship of David Bruce 1964-68’.

Transatlantic Studies Association, Dundee, 2002: ‘Harold Wilson, Lyndon B. Johnson and Anglo-American Summit Diplomacy 1964-68’.

Postgraduate International History Conference, National Archives, 1999: ‘Anglo-American Relations and British Policy Towards Europe, 1964-68’.

Institute for Contemporary British History, University of London, 1998: ‘Anglo-American Relations and the British Withdrawal from East of Suez 1964-68’.

PhD Supervision

Primary supervisor for Alex Miles ‘Bush, Clinton, and the Rise of the Rogue States Doctrine’, University of Salford PhD, 2010.

PhD Examining

Internal examiner for Sergei Mudrov, ‘The Role of Christian Churches in European Integration’, University of Salford, 2012.

External examiner for Roger Hooton Platt: ‘British Relations with the Soviet Government in the Era of Détente, 1964-75’, University of Liverpool, 2011.

Other Activities

Peer referee for Continuum/Bloomsbury, Diplomacy and Statecraft, International History Review, The Journal of Transatlantic Studies, Pearson Education, and Manchester University Press.

Book reviewer for Contemporary Review, Diplomacy and Statecraft, International Affairs, International History Review, and other journals.


  • British International History Group
  • Transatlantic Studies Association
  • Higher Education Academy


Jonathan is now working on three research projects: the first, for an article, examines the Kennedy administration’s attempt to make a legal case for the blockade of Cuba during the missile crisis of 1962; the second, for a monograph, explores the literature of the Cuban Missile Crisis; and the third project is a biography of the British diplomat Frank Roberts.

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

  • HY1111 America: Colonies to Nation, c.1750-1970
  • HY2099 America and the World, 1898-2001
  • HY3063 The Presidency of John F. Kennedy, 1961-1963