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North American Studies (MA)

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Dr. W.M. Schmidli

William Michael Schmidli is a U.S. foreign relations historian, and his research focuses on the evolving significance of human rights, democracy promotion, and transnational advocacy networks from the Cold War to the present. View his full profile here.


Prof.dr. G.P. Scott-Smith

Giles Scott Smith is Dean of Leiden University College The Hague and also Professor Transnational Relations and New Diplomatic History. Scott-Smith’s research interests involve a broad exploration of the multiple forms of diplomacy in international history. View his full profile here

Dr. J.J. Morgan-Owens

Jessie Morgan-Owens is a university lecturer at the Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society. Her most recent publication is called 'Finding Frank: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists. View her full profile here.

Prof.dr. D.A. Pargas

Damian Alan Pargas is Professor of the History and Culture of North America at Leiden University and executive director of the Roosevelt Institute for American Studies in Middelburg. He is mainly specialized in the history of slavery and its aftermath. View his full profile here.

Dr. S.A. Polak

Sara Polak is a University Lecturer at the Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society. Her long-term research focus is on the cultural and media politics of image-making of US presidents, and on presidents and their use of media in a broad sense. She is currently working on a book about playful politics and Donald Trump’s use of Twitter, as part of the NWO project Playing Politics: Media Platforms Making Worlds. View her full profile here.

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