Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Oxford Brookes Historian receives Nobel Fellowship

Friday, 13 May 2016


Dr James Cooper, senior lecturer in History at Oxford Brookes University, joins the Nobel Institute in Oslo this month as part of the Nobel Peace Prize Research and Information (NPPRI) visiting fellows programme. The NPPRI is run as part of the research agenda of the Norwegian Nobel Institute, which has a special interest in the fields of modern history and international affairs.  In 1992 the Institute set up a fellowship programme offering research grants to established and younger scholars. Nearly 100 visiting fellows from over 25 countries have spent periods at the Institute, including a number of world-leading Cold War historians and experts on international relations.  Fellows participate in, and lead, regular research seminars, which are open to the public. Dr Cooper, who is primarily interested in contemporary American history within a global context, spoke as part of the Nobel Fellowship research seminar programme on ‘The Politics of Peace Making: US Presidents and the Northern Ireland Conflict, 1964-1998’. The talk stems from his current project on the response of U.S. Presidents to the Northern Ireland conflict during the Troubles and will contribute to the historiography of the American dimension of the Anglo-Irish Process. Dr Cooper will also release a book on this topic early next year with Edinburgh University Press. Speaking about his fellowship, Dr Cooper said:
It’s a real honour to be given a fellowship at the Nobel Institute.  It’s been an invaluable opportunity to complete my monograph and share my broader research agenda with some of the leading scholars in the field of international relations.”
To see a podcast of this event, please follow this link https://livestream.com/aktivdebatt/events/5319724 For more information on NPPRI visiting fellows programme please visit their website http://www.nppri.org/