Cooperation between the RIAS and the Rothermere American Institute

From 2-4 May 2018, the Director of Oxford University’s Rothermere American Institute, Halbert Jones, visited the RIAS. During his visit, it was agreed that the two American Studies institutions would deepen their cooperation by facilitating the exchange of short-term visits between Oxford and Middelburg.

Halbert Jones and Giles Scott-Smith

While at the RIAS, Jones led a PhD seminar at the RIAS entitled "The United States and Mexico during the 1970s: The Changing Dynamics of a Complex Relationship." He also participated in the RIAS International PhD Seminar, which involved presentations and discussion by nine US history PhD candidates from across Europe and North America. "It was a pleasure to be a part of the International PhD Seminar," Jones said.  "The programme highlighted some exciting work in progress," he added, "and the format allowed participants to receive some really stimulating and valuable feedback on their work."

Dr. Jones received his PhD from Harvard in 2006, and served as a researcher at the Office of the Historian at the US Department of State before moving to Oxford in 2011 and to the Rothermere Institute in 2016. He is the author of "The War Has Brought Peace to Mexico": World War II and the Consolidation of the Post-Revolutionary State (University of New Mexico Press, 2014), and while at the State Department he prepared two volumes of the Foreign Relations of the United States series on US-Latin American relations during the 1970s.

The Rothermere American Institute was opened in 2001 by former US President Bill Clinton, and it has since developed a leading role in the study of American history, politics, and culture both within Oxford and across the international academic environment. The Institute hosts several prominent Chairs in the field, such as the Mellon Professorship in American Government, the Rhodes Professorship in American History, and the Drue Heinz Professorship in American Literature, as well as Visiting Chairs with the John G. Winant Professorship of American Government and the Harmsworth Professorship of American History.

The cooperation agreed between the RIAS and the Rothermere will involve the mutual exchange of scholars between the two institutions for short-term visits. Both institute staff and visiting scholars will be able to move between the two institutes for such purposes as the holding of graduate seminars and the use of research collections. The agreement therefore lays the basis for an important circulation of scholars, ideas, and skills between the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.