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Bevan Sewell

Assistant Professor in American History, Faculty of Arts

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Biography

Bevan Sewell is a Lecturer in American History and Co-Editor of the Journal of American Studies (Cambridge University Press). His main areas of interest lie in American political and diplomatic history during the twentieth century. He is the author of The U.S. and Latin America: Eisenhower, Kennedy and Economic Diplomacy in the Cold War, which was published by I.B. Tauris in 2016, and has published articles in Diplomatic History, the English Historical Review, International History Review, Intelligence and National Security, and is the co-editor of Challenging US Foreign Policy: America and the World in the Long Twentieth Century. Presently, he is working on an intellectual biography of John Foster Dulles.

Expertise Summary

My basic area of expertise is that of US foreign policy during the Cold War. More specifically, I work on the evolution of US policy toward Latin America during the early Cold War, which my first book will be on. I have also just begun researching an intellectual biography of Dwight Eisenhower's secretary of state, John Foster Dulles.

I am happy to supervise post-graduate students who are interested in any aspects of US foreign policy since 1900, especially those interested in working on the post-1945 era; and students interested in working on American political history in the twentieth century.

Research Summary

I am presently working on a project that will result in an intellectual biography of Dwight Eisenhower's Secretary of State, John Foster Dulles. Originally believed to have been the leading figure in… read more

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Current Research

I am presently working on a project that will result in an intellectual biography of Dwight Eisenhower's Secretary of State, John Foster Dulles. Originally believed to have been the leading figure in guiding US policy in the 1950s, Dulles's star has waned in the last twenty years due to studies placing the president at the centre of US decision making. Largely as a result of this wave of 'Eisenhower Revisionism', there have been few specific studies looking at Dulles and his role in US foreign policy at the height of the Cold War. Yet as a figure involved in many of the major events in US foreign relations in the first sixty years of the twentieth century--from the peace talks at the end of World War One to his role in shaping US policy during a crucial phase of the Cold War--he is someone whose life and experiences provide a superb lens by which to chart the evolving nature of US internationalism during this era. This project, then, will result in an intellectual biography that moves significantly beyond the familiar accounts of Dulles and that reconsiders the key influences that shaped Dulles's engagement with the problem of international peace throughout his lifetime.

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