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Professor Kendrick Oliver PhD

Professor of American History, Professor of American History, Head of Research (and Impact Champion)

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Professor Kendrick Oliver is a Professor of American History at the University of Southampton.

I specialise in the history of the United States from 1945 to 1980.  In particular, I am interested in exploring modern American political, social and cultural responses to some of the larger questions of human existence.  This theme links my doctoral work on nuclear diplomacy with subsequent studies of memory and catastrophe, wartime atrocities, crime and punishment, religion and space exploration, and with my current research into the cultural history of the 'big bang' theory.

I currently serve as chair of Historians of the Twentieth Century United States (HOTCUS). I also co-convene the Institute of Historical Research North American History Seminar in London. 

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My third book, To Touch the Face of God: the Sacred, the Profane and the American Space Program, 1957-75, was published by Johns Hopkins University Press in January 2013. Research for the book was facilitated by a British Academy/Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship.

My current book project explores the social and cultural history of the ‘big bang' theory of the universe's origins. This project, contracted to University of Massachusetts Press, has received generous financial support from the American Philosophical Society, the American Institute of Physics and the Dibner History of Science Program at the Huntington Library.

I also have a strong interest in the history of American evangelicalism, with particular emphasis upon evangelicals and prison ministry at home and abroad. I have recently co-edited a special issue of the Journal of American Studies on the global history of American evangelicalism, alongside Professor Axel Schäfer (Johannes-Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany), Dt. Uta Balbier (King's College London) and Dr. Hans Krabbendam (Catholic Documentation Center, Nijmegen, Netherlands). The special issue, which was developed with the help of a workshop funded by the Henry Luce Foundation, will be published in November 2017.

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Areas where I can offer postgraduate supervision:
Modern U.S. history, particularly the Vietnam War, the history of the American space programme, the history of cosmology, and post-war religion.

Past PhD projects supervised:

James Morgan, 'Radical Critiques of US Imperialism'. Published as Into New Territory: American Historians and the Concept of US Imperialism (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2014) (http://uwpress.wisc.edu/books/5080.html)

Christopher Fuller, 'The Eagle Comes Home to Roost: The Historical Origins of the CIA's Lethal Drone Programme'. Published as See It/Shoot It: The Secret History of the CIA’s Lethal Drone Program (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2017):(http://yalebooks.co.uk/display.asp?K=9780300218541)

Current PhD projects supervised:

Alex Ferguson, 'The US Embassy in Saigon, 1950-1957'. For an article derived from this project, see Alex Ferguson, ‘Press Management and U.S. Support for France in Indochina, 1950-54,’ Diplomatic History (advance publication 2017): https://academic.oup.com/dh/article/3897106/Press-Management-and-U-S-Support-for-France-in 

Thomas Ellis, 'Reds in Space: American perceptions of the Soviet space programme from Apollo to Mir 1967-1991'.

Professor Kendrick Oliver
Building 65 Faculty of Humanities University of Southampton Avenue Campus Highfield Southampton SO17 1BF United Kingdom

Room Number:65/2061

Telephone:(023) 8059 2243
Email:K.Oliver@soton.ac.uk

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