New UCL-IA Director Appointed

12 May 2014

UCL-Institute of the Americas is delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Jonathan Bell as its new director. Professor Bell will take up his post on 1 September 2014. He is currently a member of the Department of History at the University of Reading, where he was head of department from 2008-09 to 2012-13. He holds a BA from Oxford University and a PhD from Cambridge University.

He is an eminent scholar of twentieth century US history, particularly with regard to liberalism and its challengers. Among his publications are: The Liberal State on Trial: The Cold War and American Politics in the Truman Years (Columbia University Press, 2004); California Crucible: The Forging of Modern American Liberalism (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012); and [co-edited] Making Sense of American Liberalism (University of Illinois Press, 2012). He is presently working on a new study on the the politics of health care in relation to the legacy of the rights revolution in the second half of the twentieth century.

He is a founder member and current chair of the executive committee of the Historians of the Twentieth Century United States (HOTCUS) and a member of the AHRC Peer Review College and of its strategic review group.