Dr Andrew Priest

Senior Lecturer
Department of History
Dr Andrew Priest
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    +44 (0) 1206 872653

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    5NW.8.1, Colchester Campus

  • Academic support hours

    By appointment



As with so many people, history became my favourite subject because I had a great teacher. Because of her, I decided to study the subject at university and my plan was to focus on the Early Modern period but this didnt work out as expected because I became diverted by United States history. In my second year, I took a great module on the history of US foreign policy since 1890 again with an inspiring teacher and I was hooked, as I have been since. I studied history and American studies at the University of Birmingham, gaining my PhD in 2003. During this time I was also a Research Associate at the Centre for Studies in Security and Diplomacy at Birmingham. From 2003 I was a lecturer in International Politics at Aberystwyth University, leaving in 2013 to join the University of Essex. I have also been a Visiting Researcher at Georgetown University in Washington DC and an Eccles Fellow in North American Studies at the British Library. Previous PhD supervision Topics include: The US 'War on Terror' and human rights British nuclear policy in the 1960s The idea of trust in US nuclear diplomacy in the 1970s and 1980s US Middle Eastern policy during the Nixon and Ford presidencies


  • B.A. History and American Studies, University of Birmingham 1996

  • Ph.D. American and Canadian Studies, University of Birmingham, 2003

Research and professional activities

Research interests

US foreign policy since c1860

Public opinion and foreign policy

Anglo-American relations

Current research

I am currently writing a book on the United States and the European empires of the late nineteenth century. This is an attempt to explain how American elites, especially Republicans who dominated policymaking after the Civil War, understood and reacted to empires and imperialism, and how these views affected their ideas about the role of the United States in the international system.

I am also interested in the connections between domestic and foreign policies in the United States and have recently edited a book with Andrew Johnstone from the University of Leicester on US presidential elections and American foreign policy, which was published by the University Press of Kentucky in May 2017.

Teaching and supervision

  • America: Centres and Margins, Borders and Boundaries (CS261)

  • The Great American Experiment (HR162)

  • Human Rights in Historical Perspective (HR291)

  • The United States and the Vietnam War (HR394)

  • Research Project (HR831)


Chapters (4)

Priest, A., (2014). Making a Grand Alliance: Kennedy and Europe. In: A Companion to John F. Kennedy. 291- 306. 978-1-4443-5036-4

Priest, A., (2014). The Neustadt Model, Anglo-American Relations and the Suez Crisis. In: Les Occidentaux et la Crise de Suez: Une Relecture Politico-Militaire. 9782859447694

Priest, A., (2011). George W. Ball, the Multilateral Force and the Transatlantic Alliance. In: Atlantic, Euratlantic, or Europe-America? The Atlantic Community and Europe. 172- 191. 9782918157007

Hughes, RG. and Priest, A., (2008). American and British Intelligence on South Vietnam, 1963. In: Exploring Intelligence Archives: Enquiries into the Secret State. 173- 212. 9781134270170

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5NW.8.1, Colchester Campus

Academic support hours:

By appointment