Lecturer, American and Canadian Studies, Faculty of Arts
I work on the diplomatic and political history of relations between the United States, Great Britain, and the developing world in the latter half of the twentieth century. To date, my publications have focused on aspects of transnational politics, economics, defence, intelligence and security, and post-colonial culture.
My research has been funded by: the Arts and Humanities Research Council; the Mellon Foundation; Rothermere American Institute, University of Oxford; the British Library's Eccles Centre for American Studies; and the Friendly Hand Charitable Trust. In 2010, I was selected to participate in an International Research Seminar on Decolonization held in Washington, D.C, jointly sponsored by the American Historical Association's National History Center and the Library of Congress.
My first book, The Cold War in South Asia, 1945-1965, will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2013. It offers the first systematic analysis of Anglo-American interaction with India and Pakistan during their first two decades as independent sovereign states. Specifically, it examines the extension of American power into the Indian subcontinent following Washington's alliance with Pakistan in 1954, and the inevitable Soviet riposte that followed, and analyses how this process recast the geo-political map of South Asia in a fundamental and enduring fashion.
Recently, I completed a major piece of research funded by Arts and Humanities Research Council entitled, Landscapes of Secrecy: The Central Intelligence Agency and the Contested Record of US Foreign Policy, 1947-2001. The project, which represented a collaborative endeavour with the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick, was concerned with analysing the 'policing of the past' by US government officials and active resistance by others. In particular, it sought to understand the role played by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in shaping official narratives of American foreign policy. I am currently in the process of completing a second monograph based on this research, which critically evaluates the evolution of the CIA's representation in the Department of State's flagship documentary history of US diplomacy, the Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) series.
Between October and December 2011, as a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Oxford's, Rothermere American Institute, I began to explore the interplay between US diplomacy and the American intelligence community within the context of the developing world. More precisely, my current research interest centers on the symbolism that has come to be associated with the Central Intelligence Agency - often drawn from cultural milieu - and the extent to which this has exercised a substantive effect on American diplomacy in Asia, America, and sub-Saharan Africa between the early 1950s and the late 1980s.
I currently hold a Nottingham Advanced Research Fellowship
In 2013, I will take up an Eccles Centre Visiting Fellowship in North American Studies at British Library, where I will work on a project entitled 'Quiet Americans in India: Intelligence, Culture and Paranoia in US-South Asian Relations'. This research project critically examines the historical roots of the interrelationship between US Intelligence activity and American diplomacy in South Asia, a nexus of the ongoing 'War on Terror'.