Staff Profile

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Dr Mark Ledwidge

Senior Lecturer

School: School of Humanities

Campus: Canterbury

Tel: 01227 923025

Profile summary

 PhD: Philosophy (2006)

The University of Manchester, Manchester, UK

Thesis title: African-Americans and US Foreign Policy

Supervisor: Professor Inderjeet Parmar

 

MA Social Research (1998)

The University of Manchester, Manchester, UK

                Included archival utilisation and retrieval methods.

Supervisor: Professor Inderjeet Parmar

 

BA (Hons) Combined Studies, 2:1 (1995)

The University of Manchester, Manchester, UK    

Supervisor: Professor Inderjeet Parmar

 

Visiting Lecturer

University of Bristol School of Sociology, Politics and international Relations (Comparative Politics Units)

POLI31379 The American Presidency (Third year Course)

POLI21226 Democracy and US Government (second year course) responsible for the organisation of lectures, seminars, research in addition to facilitating group discussions, and assessing student presentations, written work and essays.

 

Associate Lecturer/ Course Convenor

University of Edge Hill, Lancashire, UK, 2008 – present.

Department of English and History, degree programme.

Courses: “The Republic in Danger: the United States, 1800-1941”.

                   “Ideals and Self Interest: U.S. Foreign Policy and Expansionism since 1840”. 

 

Visiting Lecturer/ Course Convenor

University of Warwick, Coventry, UK, 2008 – 2009.

Department of Politics and International Studies, degree programme.

and conducting oral evaluations with my tutees.  

Course: “Politics of the USA”.

 

Course Convenor

The University of Manchester, Manchester, UK, 2007.

Department of Politics, MA programme.

Course: “Contemporary US Foreign Policy”.

 

Course Convenor

The University of Manchester, Manchester, UK, 2006 - 2007.

Department of Politics, degree programme.

 

 

Co-Convenor

University of Edge Hill, Lancashire, UK, 2006 – present.

Department of English and History, degree programme.

Course: “Themes, Issues and Movements: the Twentieth-Century in Perspective”.

               

Course Convenor

The University of Manchester, Manchester, UK, 2006.

Department of Politics, degree programme.

Presented a lecture series and co-ordinated four tutorial seminars weekly accompanied by audio-visual sessions to 2nd year.

Course: “Political Repression in Modern America”.

 

Course Tutor

The University of Manchester, Manchester, UK, 1999 - 2006.

Department of Politics, degree programme.

Course: “Government: Comparative Politics”.

Research and knowledge exchange

Dr Mark Ledwidge, Senior Lecturer in the Department of History and American Studies, has been appointed Vacation Visiting Research Fellow at the prestigious Rothermere American Institute (RAI), University of Oxford. Dr Ledwidge is also a founding member of the AHRC Research Network on the Presidency of Barack Obama and a former Honorary Research Fellow (2008 –2012) within the Politics Dept at the The University of Manchester, Manchester, UK

 

Mark studied at Manchester University where he gained a BA (Hons) in Combined Studies and a MA in social research. He went on to gain a PhD with his thesis entitled African-Americans and US Foreign Policy. Mark’s work on the relationship and impact of African-Americans on US foreign policy is an under-researched area of study and much of his work is ground-breaking. He has contributed numerous papers to conferences in the UK and the United States.

Research

His research interests encompass politics & IR and the nexus between identity and power. Additional interests include, US foreign policy, American and African American history, The War on Terror, colonialism and transnational movements.


Research Group on American Power (RGAP): Co-applicant on the successful AHRC grant application for the “Obama Network”: Secured £38k funding (2010).

 

Chester Fund Research Grant (The University of Manchester 2001/2002)

 

Departmental Scholarship from the Department of Government (The University of Manchester): Secured for MA | PhD (1998)

The ESRC Funded Seminar Series: The Future of American Power Seminar Series. Role: Plus one early career event organiser in conjunction with Professor Inderjeet Parmar (City University London). Location: Birmingham University, LSE, City University, Warwick University, Chatham House Collaboration. 2013-2014 (forthcoming).

Teaching and subject expertise

Letters: “Scrutiny of US Foreign Policy,” Guardian (18 Sept. 2009).

 

Radio

Interviewed on the legacy of Malcolm X, Islam and the African American experience, and the new biography ‘Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention’ by Manning Marable on ‘Night Waves’, BBC Radio 3, 19 May 2011.

Interviewed on the election of Barack Obama on Manchester Key 103, 19 Jan. 2009.

Interviewed on the election of Barack Obama on the ‘Steve Nolan Show’, BBC Radio Five Live, 18 Jan. 2009.

 

Television

Interviewed on Obamamania on Sky News, 29 October 2012. Isleworth Studios: London.

 

Interviewed  on Obama prospect for re-election on BBC Breakfast News Today, 27 August 2012. MediaCity: Salford Quays.

 

Participated on BBC One’s Big Question, Series 2: Episode 11, 8 Mar 2009. Panel: With Revd. Rose Hudson-Wilkin, Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra, Bidisha and Dame Ann Leslie.

 

Obama expert media group, Member

External activities

Academic Conferences Papers

 “American Society, Economy, and State” Roundtable Des King (Oxford), Ketan Patel (Greater Pacific Capital Investors), Mark Ledwidge (Bristol, Manchester; Edge Hill), Alex Callinicos (KCL), AHRC Barack Obama Research Network Symposium American Power Today Eccles Centre British Library: 9 May 2011.

“Barack Obama's Foreign Policy Strategy - What's Working and What Isn't,” Roundtable, BISA Annual Conference 2011, Manchester Conference Centre: 28 April 2011.

“Barack Obama, First African-American President: Continuity or Change?” AHRC Barack Obama Research Network Symposium on Obama and the Race Question in the United States Edge Hill University: 28 January 2011.

“Barack Obama and the Re-articulation of US Foreign Policy,” presented at a departmental seminar at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK: October 2009.

 

USPC book launch round table symposium, for the book title, New Direction in US Foreign Policy, Institute for the Studies of the Americas: November, 2009.

 

“Barack Obama and the Re-articulation of US Foreign Policy,” presented at the 5th ECPR General Conference,

Potsdam: Germany: September 2009.

 

“Barack Obama and the Re-articulation of US Foreign Policy,” presented at the Research Group on American Power Symposium entitled ‘Race Religion and Empire in American Power and Identity’, Dept. of Politics, School of Social Sciences, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK: June 2009.

 

“Obama and the Declining Significance of Race: Race, Politics, and International Affairs,” presented at the Annual Convention of the International Studies Association, New York, USA: February 2009.

 

“Presidential Politics and the Rise of Obama,” presented at a Pais Roundtable, the Department of Politics and International Studies, University Of Warwick, Coventry, UK: November 2008.

 

“Barack Obama and the Race for the Presidency,” presented at the Department of Politics’ Special Departmental Seminar, The University of Manchester, Manchester, UK: November 2008.

Publications and research outputs

Books

I. Parmar, L. B. Miller, M. Ledwidge, eds. New Directions in US Foreign Policy:  Obama and the World, second edition (London: Routledge, 2014). http://www.taylorandfrancis.com/books/details/9780415715232/

 

M. Ledwidge, K. Verney, I. Parmar, eds., Barack Obama and the Myth of a Post-Racial America (New York: Routledge, 2013). http://www.taylorandfrancis.com/books/details/9780415813945/

 

M. Ledwidge, Race and U.S. Foreign Policy: The African-American Foreign Affairs Network (London: Routledge, 2013). Paperback version (Submitted as a single entry monograph as an early careerist for the Ref 2014)

 

M. Ledwidge, Race and U.S. Foreign Policy: The African-American Foreign Affairs Network (London: Routledge, 2011). Hardback version. Website:http://www.routledgepolitics.com/books/Race-and-US-Foreign-Policy-isbn9780415482110.

 

Chapters in Books

M. Ledwidge, “Barack Obama: cosmopolitanism, identity politics, and the decline of Euro-centrism,” in Parmar, Miller and Ledwidge, eds., New Directions in US Foreign Policy:  Obama and the World, 2nd edition (London: Routledge, 2014). http://www.taylorandfrancis.com/books/details/9780415715232/

 

M. Ledwidge, “Barack Obama First African American President: Continuity or Change,” in Ledwidge, Verney and Parmar, eds., Barack Obama and the Myth of Post-Racial America (New York: Routledge, 2013).

M. Ledwidge, “Race, African-Americans and US Foreign Policy,” in Parmar, Miller and Ledwidge, eds., New Directions in US Foreign Policy (London: Routledge, 2009).

Website: http://www.routledgepolitics.com/books/New-Directions-in-US-Foreign-Policy-isbn9780415777490.

 

Articles

M. Ledwidge, “Racial Ideology and Western Hegemony,” International Studies Review (Jun. 2011) issue 13.2.

 

M. Ledwidge, "American power and the racial dimensions of US foreign policy”, special issue of International Politics, 48.2 (2011): 308-325(Significant paper).

 

Forthcoming 

M. Ledwidge and I. Parmar, M Ledwidge, “Conceptualising and Historicising the US Foreign Policy Establishment in a Racialised Class Structure,” in I. Parmar, N. deGraaf, B. Apeldoorn, eds., Elites and American Power, special issue of International Politics (forthcoming, 2015/2016).

 

M. Ledwidge and I. Parmar, M Ledwidge, “A foundation-hatched black elite’: Obama, the US Establishment and Foreign Policy,” in I. Parmar, N. deGraaf, B. Apeldoorn, eds., Elites and American Power, special issue of International Politics (forthcoming, 2015/2016).

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