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Giles Scott-Smith

Professor by special appointment of Diplomatic History of Transatlantic Relations since WW II

Prof.dr. G.P. Scott-Smith
+31 70 800 9447

Prof. dr. Giles Scott-Smith holds the Ernst van der Beugel Chair 'Diplomatic History of Transatlantic Relations since WW II' at Leiden University.


Giles Scott-Smith (1968) received his BA in European and Asian Studies from the University of Ulster in 1988, and an MA in International Relations at Sussex University in 1993. He then moved to Lancaster University for a Ph.D in International Relations, graduating in 1998. He joined the Roosevelt Study Center in Middelburg, The Netherlands, in January 2002 as a post-doctoral researcher, and was given a permanent position as senior researcher in January 2005. During 2008-2012 he was also an Associate Professor at the Roosevelt Academy (Utrecht University) in Middelburg, running the International Relations track. In January 2009 he was awarded the Ernst van der Beugel Chair in the Diplomatic History of Atlantic Cooperation since WWII at Leiden University, and he has been full-time in Leiden since August 2015. In January 2017 he was also appointed by Leiden University to run the Roosevelt Institute for American Studies in Middelburg, The Netherlands. 
In 2017 he became founding editor of the new journal Diplomatica: A Journal of Diplomacy and Society together with Ken Weisbrode. The journal is closely associated with the New Diplomatic History network.

Research interests

Scott-Smith’s research interests involve an exploration of the ‘Transnational Transatlantic’ – tracking and explaining the governmental and non-governmental linkages that have bound North America and Europe since WW II. This covers many sub-fields, which can broadly be termed New Diplomatic History: connections between ideas, ideology and power; the ‘cultural Cold War’; US foreign policy; the Atlantic Community; public diplomacy; intelligence history; state-private networks and the role of private individuals and institutions in transatlantic relations.

Professional affiliations

  • Chair, Transatlantic Studies Association (2013-2016)
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Contemporary History (2015- )
  • Editorial Board, New Global Studies (2015- )
  • Series Editor, Studies in Diplomacy, Manchester University Press


  • Marshall-Monnet Scholar in Residence, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2010) 
  • Senior Qualification for Research (SKO), Utrecht University (2012) 
  • Senior Qualification for Teaching (SKO), Utrecht University (2012)

Selected publications


Reasserting America in the 1970s: US Public Diplomacy and the Rebuilding of America's Image Abroad (Manchester University Press, 2016)

Transnational Anti-Communism and the Cold War: Agents, Activites, and Networks, Luc van Dongen, Stephanie Roulin, and Giles Scott-Smith (eds.) (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) 

Western Anti-Communism and the Interdoc Network: Cold War Internationale (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012) 

Interdoc: Een Geheim Netwerk in de Koude Oorlog (Boom, 2012) 

Obama, US Politics, and Transatlantic Relations: Change or Continuity? (Peter Lang, 2012) 

Divided Dreamworlds? The Cultural Cold War in East and West (Amsterdam University Press, 2012) 

Atlantic, Euratlantic, or Europe-America? The Atlantic Community and the European Idea from Kennedy to Nixon, Valerie Aubourg and Giles Scott-Smith (eds.) (Soleb, 2011) 

Networks of Empire: The US State Department’s Foreign Leader Program in the Netherlands, France, and Britain 1950-70 (Peter Lang, 2008) 

European Community, Atlantic Community? The Atlantic Community and Europe, Valerie Aubourg, Gerard Bossuat and Giles Scott-Smith (eds) (Soleb, 2008) 

The Cultural Cold War in Western Europe 1945 — 1960, G. Scott-Smith & H. Krabbendam (eds) (Frank Cass, 2003) 

The Politics of Apolitical Culture: The Congress for Cultural Freedom, the CIA and Post-War American Hegemony (Routledge, 2002)

Professor by special appointment of Diplomatic History of Transatlantic Relations since WW II

  • Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
  • Institute for History
  • Algemene Geschiedenis

Work address

Johan Huizinga
Doelensteeg 16
2311 VL Leiden
Room number 1.35


Senior University Lecturer

  • Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
  • Institute for History
  • History and International Studies

Work address

Johan Huizinga
Doelensteeg 16
2311 VL Leiden
Room number 1.35



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