UCL Institute of the Americas


Professor Iwan Morgan

Professor Iwan Morgan


Emeritus Professor of United States Studies



Iwan Morgan is Emeritus Professor of United States History at the Institute of the Americas, University College London.

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 served as chair of the executive committee of the Historians of the Twentieth Century United States from 2007 to 2013 and was a member of the executive committee of the British Association of American Studies in 2009-2012. 

Professor 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.

He retired in 2020.

Research Summary

Professor Morgan has published widely in various fields of modern US political history and in political economy. Much of his work has a presidential focus. 

His monograph, The Age of Deficits: Presidents and Unbalanced Budgets from Jimmy Carter to George W. Bush (Kansas University Press, 2009), won the American Politics Group's 2010 Richard Neustadt Book Prize. His biography, Reagan: American Icon (I.B. Tauris) was named a Times/ Sunday Times Politics Book of the Year in 2016. 

In addition to single-authored books, he has edited or co-edited numerous studies, including: (with Philip John Davies) Hollywood and the Great Depression: American Film, Politics and Society in the 1930s (Edinburgh University Press, 2016) and (with Robert Mason) The Liberal Consensus Reconsidered: American Politics and Society in the Postwar Era (University Press of Florida, 2017)

His latest book, FDR: Transformational President in Depression and War is due for publication by I.B Tauris/Bloomsbury in July 2022.

Media appearances

  • Iwan Morgan for TRTWorld News on US House set to vote on Biden's $1.9T COVID-19 relief plan. Watch video here | March 9, 2021

More staff media appearances here.