Biography

I specialise in U.S. history, especially the way American state and private actors have been involved in foreign affairs during the twentieth century. I am interested in the international and transnational forces that have shaped the U.S. in the world, particularly in relation to Europe and during the cold war. My work examines the projection of and resistance to American political, cultural, and covert “power.”

My current project explores the long, hidden history of national security whistleblowing. It is supported by an AHRC Research Grant, and further details can be found on the project website. My first book, The United States, Italy, and the Origins of Cold War: Waging Political Warfare was published by Cambridge University Press. I have also edited a collection re-examining the relationship between U.S. foreign relations, intelligence, and international history (Intelligence and National Security), while my articles have appeared in journals including Diplomatic History, Cold War History, Modern Italy, and Ricerche di Storia Politica.

I am happy to supervise research students working on the U.S. and the world; the international and transnational cold war; foreign relations and diplomatic history; intelligence and cultures of secrecy; and modern Italy.

I joined UEA in 2011, after positions at the University of Warwick and University College Dublin. I completed my Ph.D. at the University of Birmingham and studied at the University of California, Los Angeles and University of Padua, Italy. I am an Associate of the LSE IDEAS Cold War Studies Programme and have held visiting positions at New York University, University of Bologna, and University of Oxford.

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