School of History, Philosophy and Culture

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  • Dr James Cooper

    Senior Lecturer in History

    School of History, Philosophy and Culture

    Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


    Phone number: +44 (0)1865 483703



    Dr James Cooper is a Fulbright Scholar and a Fellow of both the Royal Historical Society and the Higher Education Academy.  He completed his PhD at Aberystwyth University in 2010 and then became Lecturer in Modern History at the same institution.  In August 2012 Dr Cooper was appointed Senior Lecturer in History at Oxford Brookes University before spending the 2012-13 academic year as the Fulbright-Robertson Visiting Professor of British History at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, USA.  In May 2016, Dr Cooper was a Visiting Fellow at the Norwegian Nobel Institute.    

    Dr Cooper's first monograph, Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan: A Very Political Special Relationship (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2012), is the first major examination of the Reagan-Thatcher relationship with regards to domestic policy.  It has been well received in academic journals.  The English Historical Review (2014) describes is at 'an engaging and informed analysis ... with many new insights'.  Similarly, the American Historical Review (2014) notes that the monograph's 'analysis is well-developed and persuasive' and 'provides an original and interesting contribution to the literature of the Anglo-American relationship'.  A review in the Journal of Contemporary History (2014) states that the monograph's importance and impact is 'considerable'.  Dr Cooper's expertise is increasingly recognised beyond the academy.  For instance, Dr Cooper was interviewed live on the BBC news channel about the Reagan-Thatcher relationship following the release of an audio recording of their conversation about the American intervention in Grenada in 1983 (10 November 2014).    

    Dr Cooper in primarily interested in contemporary American history within a global context.  He is a co-founder and director of the International History and Grand Strategy Research Group in the Department.  One of the principle activities of the research group is the organisation of special events for students and the general public.  Events have included a public lecture by Lord Powell of Bayswater (18 March 2014), Professor Sir David Omand (17 October 2014), Dr Luke Nichter of Texas A&M (23 February 2015), and Sean Donlon, former Irish ambassador to the United States (November 2015).  The group is also responsible for hosting the annual 'Congress to Campus' event, whereby former members of the U.S. Congress interact with students and the wider community (6 March 2015; 4 March 2016).