Giles Scott-Smith is the Roosevelt Chair in New Diplomatic History at Leiden University. He serves as the Institute's Academic Director.
Giles Scott-Smith’s research has four broad fields of interest:
- The history and practice of public diplomacy
- The 'cultural Cold War'
- The networks and ideologies of anti-communism
- The study of diplomacy from the perspective of ‘new diplomatic history’
Having received his PhD in International Relations from Lancaster University (1998), Giles Scott-Smith taught and researched both IR and International History for many years. From 2009-2018 he held the Ernst van der Beugel Chair in the Diplomatic History of Transatlantic Relations since WW II at Leiden University. In 2019, to further strengthen the profiles of the RIAS and Leiden, he was appointed to the Roosevelt Chair in New Diplomatic History.
A researcher at the Roosevelt Study Center during 2002-2015, in January 2017 he became the Academic Director of the new Roosevelt Institute for American Studies.
From 2013-2016 he was Chair of the Transatlantic Studies Association. He is co-editor for the Key Studies in Diplomacy book series with Manchester University Press, and on the editorial board of the Journal of Contemporary History and New Global Studies.
Global Perspectives on the Bretton Woods Conference and the Post-War World Order, Giles Scott-Smith and J. Simon Rofe (eds.), Palgrave, 2017
Campaigning Culture and the Global Cold War: The Journals of the Congress for Cultural Freedom, Giles Scott-Smith and Charlotte Lerg (eds.), Palgrave, 2017
Global Exchange: Scholarships and Transnational Circulations in the Contemporary World, Ludovic Tournès & Giles Scott-Smith (eds.), Berghahn, 2017
De Amerikaanse Ambassade in Den Haag: Achter de schermen van Nederlands-Amerikaanse betrekkingen, Duco Hellema and Giles Scott-Smith (eds.), Amsterdam: Boom, 2016
Reasserting America in the 1970s: U.S. Public Diplomacy and the Rebuilding of America’s Image Abroad, Hallvard Notaker, Giles Scott-Smith, and David J. Snyder (eds.), Manchester University Press, 2016
Transnational Anti-Communism and the Cold War: Agents, Activities and Networks, Luc van Dongen, Stéphanie Roulin, and Giles Scott-Smith (eds.), Palgrave, 2014
Western Anti-Communism and the Interdoc Network: Cold War Internationale, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012
Interdoc: Een Geheim Netwerk in de Koude Oorlog, Amsterdam: Boom, 2012