UCL Department of Science and Technology Studies


Spelling, Alex


Alex Spelling completed a BA in Modern History at the University of East Anglia in 2000 and received an MA in Modern History from the University of Nottingham in 2003. He was awarded his PhD in History from Nottingham in 2008 for a study of the Anglo-American relationship during the Nixon Administration. Through to 2013 he was a Teaching Fellow in American History, specialising in 20th Century Foreign Policy, particularly the Cold War, at the Universities of Southampton and Aberdeen. He is currently a Research Fellow in STS on an AHRC-funded project Understanding Biological Disarmament: The Historical Context of the Origins of the Biological Weapons Convention. Dr Spelling’s research interests lie in Cold War History from a transatlantic perspective, with special reference to the US-UK relationship and arms control issues relating to chemical and biological weapons (CBW).


“Recrimination and reconciliation: Anglo-American relations, the Yom Kippur War and the Oil crisis”, Cold War History, 13, 4, December 2013.

“A reputation for parsimony to uphold: Wilson, Nixon and the re-valued Anglo-American ‘special relationship’ 1969-70”, Contemporary British History, 27, 2, June 2013.

“Cold War Ambassadors, 1975-81”, in J. Simon Rofe and Alison Holmes eds., The US Embassy in London 1938-2008: 70 Years in Grosvenor Square, (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2012).

“Lord Cromer, 1971-74”, in Michael F. Hopkins, Saul Kelly and John W. Young eds., The Washington Embassy: British Ambassadors to Washington, 1939-77, (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2009)

“Edward Heath and Anglo-American relations 1970-74: a reappraisal”, Diplomacy and Statecraft, 20, 4, December 2009.


Member of the Royal Historical Society