Dr. Cees Heere joined the RIAS as a postdoctoral researcher in May 2017.
Cees Heere works on the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, an era that saw the United States coming of age as a world power. His main fields of research lie in Anglo-American relations (including relations between the United States and the British Empire), the history of empires and colonialism, and transnational history, including the history of migration and border control. At the RIAS, he will be working on a new research project, dedicated to exploring the global dimensions of US immigration policy during the first half of the twentieth century.
Originally from the Netherlands, he received his BA from University College Utrecht in 2010, followed by his MA from the London School of Economics in 2011. He returned to London for his PhD, which he received in January 2017. At the LSE, he taught courses on international history since 1890, and the rise and fall of the British Empire. In 2015, he received the Pollard Prize from the British Institute of Historical Research for his work on migration controversies in the British Empire.
"'That Racial Chasm that Yawns Eternally in Our Midst': The British Empire and the Politics of Migration, 1900-1914," Historical Research, Vol. 90, No. 249, August 2017.