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Professor Iwan Morgan

Professor of United States Studies

Commonwealth Fund Professor of American History


Biography

Iwan Morgan is Professor of US Studies and Head of US Programmes at the Institute of the Americas, University College London. He also holds an honorary position as Commonwealth Fund Chair of American History in the UCL Department of History.

He was previously Professor of US Studies at the Institute for the Study of the Americas, School of Advanced Study, University of London, and before that, Professor of American Governance at London Metropolitan University. He has also taught at Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne as a Fulbright Educational Exchange Lecturer. 

He holds a BA in History from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and a PhD in International History from the London School of Economics. He has published widely in various fields of modern US political history and in political economy. Much of his work has a presidential focus. He is director of the United States Presidency Centre. He was also chair of the executive committee of the Historians of the Twentieth Century United States from 2007 to 2013. He was a member of the executive committee of the British Association of American Studies in 2009-2012. He is currently working on a biography of Ronald Reagan that covers his life in Hollywood and political office.

Prof Morgan is a distinguished fellow of the Rothermere American Institute, University of Oxford. He was awarded the British Association of American Studies Honorary Fellowship in 2014 in recognition of his contributions to the discipline over the course of his career; his work The Age of Deficits (Kansas University Press, 2009), won the American Politics Group's 2010 Richard Neustadt Book Prize.


Areas of specialization and research interests

Iwan Morgan teaches postgraduate courses on: The Rise of the Sunbelt since 1945; US Economic Policy from the New Deal to Obama; and US Presidents and the Presidency. He also teaches an undergraduate course on Richard Nixon and Watergate.

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Current teaching and research supervision

Prof Morgan welcomes applications from or discussion with anyone wishing to undertake a research degree in modern US political history (from the New Deal onwards); US political economy – historical or contemporary; or the US presidency – past or present.

Currently he supervises students working on the following topics (in chronological order):

  • the historical reputation of Ulysses S. Grant
  • the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the Iraq War
  • Republican critiques of Democratic ‘socialism’
  • A constructivist analysis of US policy towards Afghanistan
  • US public diplomacy in the post-Cold War era


Publications

Monographs

The Age of Deficits

Iwan Morgan, The Age of Deficits: Presidents and Unbalanced Budgets from Jimmy Carter to George W. Bush (Kansas University Press, 2009) - The debate over the federal budget—and the deficit spending it tends to produce—has assumed a renewed urgency for reasons that are painfully clear to all of us. Over the past thirty-two years—from the presidency of Jimmy Carter through that of George W. Bush—the U.S. government has in fact balanced its budget in only four of them, while the fiscal challenges confronting President Obama make a balanced budget anytime soon a remote possibility. This book provides a much-needed historical perspective on this perennially troubling issue. Published November 2009, Kansas University Press. More details.

The Age of Deficits won the American Politics Group's Richard Neustadt Book Prize in September 2010.


Nixon, by I.Morgan Iwan Morgan, Nixon (London and New York: Arnold/Oxford University Press, 2002)

Deficit Government: Taxing and Spending in Modern America Iwan Morgan, Deficit Government: Taxing and Spending in Modern America (Chicago: Ivan Dee, 1995)

Beyond the Liberal Consensus Iwan Morgan, Beyond the Liberal Consensus: A Political History of the United States since 1965 (London and New York: Hurst/St Martin’s Press, 1994)

Eisenhower versus 'The Spenders' Iwan Morgan, Eisenhower versus ‘The Spenders’: The Eisenhower Administration, the Democrats and the Budget, 1953-1960 (London and New York: Pinter/St Martin’s Press, 1990)

Edited Books

reconfiguring-union

Reconfiguring the Union: Civil War Transformations

(New York: Palgrave, 2013)

[Co-edited with Philip John Davies]

Seeking a new majority

Seeking a New Majority: The Republican Party and American Politics, 1960-1980

(Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press, 2013, forthcoming)

[Co-edited with Robert Mason]

Broken Government

Broken Government? American Politics in the Obama Era

(London: Institute for the Study of the Americas, 2012 forthcoming)

[Co-edited with Philip Davies]

From Sit-ins to SNCC

From Sit-Ins to SNCC: The Student Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s

(Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2012 forthcoming)

[Co-edited with Philip Davies]

Watergate Remembered

Watergate Remembered: Its Legacy for American Politics

(New York: Palgrave, 2012)

[Co-edited with Michael Genovese]

Presidents in the movies

The President in the Movies: American History and Politics on Screen

(New York: Palgrave, 2011)

Assessing George W Bush's legacy

Assessing George W. Bush’s Legacy: The Right Man?

(New York: Palgrave, 2010)

[Co-edited with Philip Davies]

Quebec and the Heritage of Franco-America Quebec and the Heritage of Franco-America(London: Institute for the Study of the Americas, 2010)[Co-edited with Philip Davies] 
federal-nation
The Federal Nation: Perspectives on American Federalism(New York: Palgrave, 2009)[Co-edited with Philip Davies]
Political Economy of the Public Budget The Political Economy of the Public Budget in the Americas (London: Institute for the Study of the Americas, 2008)[Co-edited with Diego Sanchez-Ancochea]
America's Americans America's Americans: Population Issues in U.S. Society and Politics (London: Institute for the Study of the Americas, 2007)[Co-edited with Philip Davies] 
Right On? Political Change and Continuity
Right On? Political Change and Continuity in George W. Bush’s America(London: Institute for the Study of the Americas, 2006)[Co-edited with Philip Davies]

Book chapters

  • 'Andrew Johnson: The Wrong Man in the Wrong Place,' in Michael Patrick Cullinane and Clare Frances Elliott, eds., Perspectives on Presidential Leadership: An International View of the White House (New York: Routledge, 2014)
  • 'The Quest for Renewed Economic Prosperity: US Economic Policy in the Twenty-first Century', in John Dumbrell, ed., Issues in American Politics: Polarized politics in the age of Obama (London: Routledge, 2013)
  • 'Reconfiguring the Union: A Long History of Civil War Transformations' in Iwan Morgan and Philip John Davies, eds., Reconfiguring the Union: Civil War Transformations (New York: Palgrave, 2013)
  • 'Taxation as a Republican Issue in the Era of Stagflation' in Robert Mason and Iwan Morgan, eds., Seeking a New Majority: The Republican Party and American Politics, 1960-1980 (Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press, 2013 forthcoming)
  • 'The New Movement: The Student Sit-Ins in 1960' in Iwan Morgan and Philip Davies, eds., from Sit-Ins to SNCC: The Student Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2012)
  • 'The Politics of the US Budget: A Metaphor for Broken Government,' in Iwan Morgan and Philip Davies, eds., Broken Government? American Politics in the Obama Era (London: Institute for the Study of the Americas, 2012)
  • 'A New Democrat and a New Economics' in Mark White, ed., The Presidency of Bill Clinton: The Legacy of a New Domestic and Foreign Policy (London: Tauris, 2012)
  • 'After the White House: The Modern U.S. Post-Presidency' in Kevin Theakston and Jouke de Vries, eds., Former Leaders in Modern democracies: Political Sunsets (London: Palgrave MacMillan, 2012)
  • 'Richard Nixon, Reputation and Watergate,' in Michael Genovese and Iwan Morgan, eds., Watergate Remembered: Its Legacy for American Politics (New York: Palgrave, 2012)
  • 'The American Economy and America's Global Power' in Nicholas Kitchen, ed., The United States After Unipolarity (LSE Ideas: London, 2011)
  • 'The President Impeached: Tennessee Johnson and Nixon' in Iwan Morgan, ed., The President in the Movies: American History and Politics on Screen (New York: Palgrave, 2011)
  • 'Nixon Biographies' in Melvin Small, ed., A Companion to Richard M. Nixon (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011)
  • 'Bush’s Political Economy: Deficits, Debt, and Depression' in Iwan Morgan and Philip Davies, eds., Assessing George W. Bush’s Legacy: The Right Man? (Palgrave: New York, 2010)
  • 'Down and Out in Washington and London (But not in Paris and Berlin): The Decline of the Postwar Consensus in Transatlantic Perspective' in Roberta Haar and Neil Wynn, eds., Transatlantic Conflict and Consensus: Culture, History & Politics (Cambridge: Cambridge Academic, 2009)
  • ‘Budgetary Politics in the Bush Administration’ in Mark Rozell and Gleaves Whitney, eds., Reflections on the George W. Bush Presidency (Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2009)
  • ‘America’s Current-Account Deficit,’ in Iwan Morgan and Diego Sanchez, eds., The Political Economy of Public Budgets in the Americas (London: Institute for the Study of the Americas, 2008)
  • ‘Reaganomics and Its Legacy,’ in Gareth Davies and Cheryl Hudson, eds., The Reagan Years: The United States in the 1980s (New York: Palgrave, 2008) ‘Anti-Americanism and the Washington Consensus’ in Brendon O’Connor, ed., Sources of Anti-Americanism, Volume I (Westport CT: Greenwood Press, 2007)

Journal articles


Monetary Metamorphosis: The Volcker Fed and Inflation, Journal of Policy History, 24 (October 2012), 545-71.


‘The Indebted Empire: America’s Current-Account Deficit Problem,’ International Politics, 45 (Jan., 2008), 92-112.


‘Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and the New Democratic Economics,’ Historical Journal, 47 (Dec., 2004), 1015-1039.


 ‘Unconventional Politics: The Campaign for a Balanced-Budget Constitutional Convention in the 1970s,’ British Journal of American Studies (Dec., 1998), 421-46.

Media work

Prof Morgan is happy to consider media requests for commentary on US issues relating to: economic and budgetary issues; presidential leadership; party politics; elections; and political history.

He recently wrote for CNN (where he has been a regular contributor): 'How U.S. global shutdown could shake global economy, and has also commented for, among other outlets, BBC 4,  ITV 2, Channel 5, BBC World Service Radio, and BBC Radio 5.


Conferences and selected papers

Selected conference papers


'Liberals and Inflation in the 1970s,' Policy History Association Conference, Richmond, Virginia, June, 2012  > Download

'The New Red Peril: Indebted America in the Age of Obama,' AHRC Obama Network Research Symposium, Oxford University, February, 2012 > Download

'Is America in Decline?' panel presentation, Institute for the Study of the Americas, February, 2012 > Download

'The UK Presidential Rating Assessment,' Keynote address to Rating the US Presidents conference, University of Northumbria, February, 2012 > Download

'Liberal Economists and the Cold War: Sputnik to Vietnam,' HOTCUS annual conference, St Anne's, Oxford, June, 2011 > Download

'Tangled up in Red: Obama and the Deficit Problem,' AHRC Obama Network Research Symposium, British Library, May, 2011

'After the White House:  Being Ex-President,' America Politics Group Conference, Oxford, January, 2011

'The Federal Budget: A Metaphor for Broken Government?' in Is American Government Broken? Political Studies/American Politics Group symposium, British Library, December, 2010

'The US Post-Presidency' in Former Leaders Conference, University of Leiden, The Hague, September, 2010

'The Volcker Regime at the Fed,' Policy History Association Conference, Columbus, Ohio, June, 2010

'Seeing Red: Obama’s Deficit Dilemma,' in Deficits, Debt, and Depression: The Political Economy of Twenty-first Century America symposium, University of Copenhagen

'Eisenhower as Budget Leader: Neustadian Amateur or Machiavellian Professional,' American Politics Group Conference, Oxford, January 2010 > Download

'Unbalanced Budgets in the Age of Keynes: From the New Deal to the New Economics,' Historians of the Twentieth Century United States Conference, Cambridge, June, 2009

'The Economic Presidency,' American Politics Group Conference, Oxford, January, 2009

‘Who’s Afraid of the L-Word? Progressivism in the New Democrat Era,” British Association of American Studies conference, March 2008

‘Confronting the Deficit: Jimmy Carter and the Balanced Budget,’ Cambridge University-Boston University international conference America in the 1970s, March 2007

‘When was “Tax-and-Spend Liberalism”? An Inquiry into the Reality of Conservative Demonology,’ American Politics Group conference, January, 2007

‘America’s Current-Account Deficit Problem,’ The Political Economy of Public Budgets in the Americas conference, Institute for the Study of the Americas-Chatham House, October, 2006

‘Down and Out in Washington and London, but not in Paris and Berlin: The Decline of the Postwar Consensus in Transatlantic Perspective,’ Plenary Address to the 4th Biennial Conference on Transatlantic Studies, Maastricht, October, 2006

‘Coexisting with the Other Red Peril: Ronald Reagan and the Budget Deficit,’ Cambridge University US History Mellon Seminar Program, February, 2006

‘Presidents and the Deficit: A Comparison of Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush,’ American Politics Group Conference, January, 2006


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