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Dr Alexander Ferguson 

Teaching Fellow in Modern American History

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I specialise in the history of U.S. foreign policy in the twentieth century. My major interest is in the diplomatic history of the Vietnam War. I completed my PhD at Southampton in 2018 under the supervision of Professor Kendrick Oliver. My thesis examined the U.S. Embassy in Saigon during early U.S. involvement in Vietnam, assessing the activities undertaken by embassy officials, the influence that these diplomats exerted on events on the ground and policymaking in Washington, and the embassy’s role in deepening the American commitment in Indochina during the 1950s.

The research for this project yielded its first publication in Diplomatic History in April 2018. The article, entitled ‘Press Management and U.S. Support for France in Indochina, 1950-1954’, contends that managing the American press formed an integral part of the U.S. diplomatic mission’s efforts to try to sustain France’s war in Vietnam in the early 1950s.

Research interests

The Vietnam War

Embassies and international diplomacy

U.S. foreign policy post-WWII

The Cold War

Decolonisation in Southeast Asia

The presidency of Dwight D. Eisenhower

American war journalism


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HIST 1176 Eisenhower and the World: U.S. Foreign Policy in the 1950s

HIST 2002 U.S. Foreign Affairs from the Birth of the Republic to the Present Day

HIST3218 Nuclear War and Peace, Part I

HIST3219 Nuclear War and Peace, Part II



Dr Alexander Ferguson
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