Staff Profile


Professor Kevin Ruane

Professor of Modern History

School: School of Humanities

Campus: Canterbury

Tel: 01227 921669

Profile summary

My name is Kevin Ruane. I am Professor of Modern History at Canterbury Christ Church University and a By-Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge. I specialise in twentieth century international history, in particular Anglo-American relations, the Cold War, Nuclear History, and the Vietnam war. I have published widely on all these areas, and currently contribute to undergraduate modules on 'The Cold War' and 'War and Revolution in Vietnam'. 

You can follow me on Twitter @kevinruane2

My book Churchill and the Bomb in War and Cold War (Bloomsbury, 2016) was named by BBC History magazine as one of the History Books of 2016.

Other praise includes the following:

‘Marvellously fluent and detailed…a major historical contribution…’ Martin J. Sherwin, winner (with Kai Bird) of the Pulitzer Prize for American Prometheus.

‘There have been books on this subject before, but Kevin Ruane’s is the best…Churchill and the Bomb makes for gripping reading’. Andrew Roberts, Literary Review.

‘Big man. Big weapon. Big theme. Kevin Ruane blends all three in a fascinating and fluent fusion!’ Lord (Peter) Hennessy, author of Cabinets and the Bomb

Compelling…a real page-turner’. Kathleen Burk, author of Old World, New World: the Story of Britain and America.

Kevin Ruane’s Churchill and the Bomb is ‘revelatory [and] outstanding for the breadth of its scholarship, the richness of its narrative and the acuity of its judgement’. Graham Farmelo, author of Churchill’s Bomb.

‘Kevin Ruane’s Churchill and the Bomb is a work of impeccable scholarship...It cannot be recommended too highly’. D. R. Thorpe, Twentieth Century British History.

Churchill and the Bomb is superb' and 'deserves a place on the shelf of any student of the nuclear era’. B. Cameron Reid, Journal of British Studies.

Research and knowledge exchange

Hot off the Press ... my latest book, written with Matthew Jones, will be out in 2019 with Bloomsbury: Anthony Eden, Anglo-American Relations, and the 1954 Indochina Crisis.


The opportunity to write my 2016 book, Churchill and the Bomb, arose from my work with Bloomsbury on the Churchill Archive, a digitisation project by which all the papers of Winston Churchill have been made available on-line. My part in the project was to contribute web-essays, hyperlinking to documents in the archive, on 'Churchill and the Cold War' and 'Churchill and Nuclear Weapons'. These essays, along with many others hitherto located exclusively on the Archive website, have since been published in Richard Toye, ed., Winston Churchill Politics, Strategy and Statecraft (Bloomsbury, 2017). I have also been involved with the related Churchill Archive for Schools project.