22 October 2012
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, who is also a founding member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council Network on the Presidency of Barack Obama, will focus his research on the relationship and impact of African-Americans on US foreign policy. It will provide a unique insight into the effect race and ethnicity has had upon US foreign policy, as well as highlighting how race has been relatively excluded from mainstream theories in international relations.
Dr Ledwidge said: “Although the election of Barack Obama has amplified racial issues within the global context, foreign policy analysts have not constructed conceptual ideas consistent with what is happening in contemporary politics.
“This is an under-researched area of study in international relations and foreign affairs, with inadequate coverage of race in leading journals and existing publications.
“Mainstream accounts of US foreign policy imply that US racism stops at the water’s edge. However, I credit race as a factor in the construction and application of US foreign policy.
“My proposed research project will provide a cutting edge insight into the impact race and ethnicity has on America’s foreign affairs. This includes evaluating the US security policy from a perspective that acknowledges how domestic influences such as multiculturalism, religious diversification, demographic and identity re-alignments, and the war on terror, are challenging America’s security profile. The research will extend the parameters of international relations and US foreign policy literature to include race and ethnicity as significant factors in 21st century politics.”
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