Staff Profile:Dr Jonathan Bell
In addition to the Part I courses 'Approaches to History', in which I offer the documentary The Times of Harvey Milk as my core text, and 'Landmarks in History', I teach a survey course 'American State and Society and the Wider World, 1890-1990', an optional course 'Popular Protest and Political Change in America, 1930-1980', and a special subject entitled 'The New Deal: The USA and the Legacy of the Great Depression'. I teach an MA option entitled 'Attitudes to public welfare in the United States since 1900'. I am a convenor of the IHR/ISA American history seminar: http://www.history.ac.uk/events/seminars/104 and am a founder member and vice-chair of the Historians of the Twentieth-Century United States. I am on the steering committee of the Minorities: Rights and Representations research theme at Reading. I serve on the AHRC peer review college.
I have supervised a PhD student to completion in the subject of working in American farmers and the politics of consumerism in the 1940's and 1950's. I welcome enquiries from students interested in topics related to the political history of the USA since 1917, especially the history of political ideas, intellectual history, and the relationship between foreign and domestic policy.
- Areas of Interest:
My main area of specialization is the political history of the United States since the Great Depression, and in particular the relationship between political ideas and social change. I work mainly on the politics of the post-1945 era, looking at ways in which the theory and practice of liberalism and conservatism changed in the three decades after 1929. My first book discussed the political world of the USA during the Truman presidency, but my work deals with broad themes in US history that extend beyond that period. I recently completed a book exploring the ways in which the United States experienced and understood social democratic political ideas in the 1950s and 1960s, using the state of California as a case study. I am particularly keen to explore the relationships between different liberal interest groups and their overlapping strategies of deploying similar ideological appeals to boost their political clout. I have co-edited a collection of essays on American liberalism and the reform impulse in the twentieth century. I am now working on a project examining the relationships between health care, the state, and the idea of "minorities" in the twentieth century. I am also interested in the relationship between foreign policy and domestic politics.
- Research groups / Centres:
YNumber of items: 14.
- Bell, J. (2012) From popular front to liberalism: redefining the political in California in the post-World War Two era. In: Bell, J. and Stanley, T. (eds.) Making Sense of American Liberalism. University of Illinois Press, Urbana, Illinois, pp. 38-61. ISBN 9780252036866
- Stanley, T. and Bell, J. (2012) Introduction: making sense of American liberalism. In: Bell, J. and Stanley, T. (eds.) Making Sense of American Liberalism. University of Illinois Press, pp. 1-13. ISBN 9780252036866
- Bell, J. and Stanley, T. (2012) Making sense of American liberalism. University of Illinois Press, Urbana, Illinois. ISBN 9780252036866
- Bell, J. (2012) Building a left coast: the legacy of the California Popular Front and the challenge to Cold War liberalism in the post-world war two era. Journal of American Studies, 46 (1). pp. 51-71. ISSN 1469-5154 doi: 10.1017/S0021875811001265
- Bell, J. (2012) California crucible: the forging of modern American liberalism. Politics and culture in modern America. University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia, USA, pp352. ISBN 9780812243871
- Bell, J. W. (2010) Social politics in a transoceanic world in the early Cold War years. The Historical Journal, 53 (2). pp. 401-421. ISSN 0018-246X doi: 10.1017/S0018246X10000075
- Bell, J. W. (2010) "To strive for economic and social justice": welfare, sexuality, and party politics in San Francisco in the 1960s. Journal of Policy History, 22 (2). pp. 193-225. ISSN 0898-0306 doi: 10.1017/S0898030610000035
- Bell, J. W. (2007) The New Deal. In: Brack, D. (ed.) Dictionary of Liberal Thought. Menthuen/Politico's, London. ISBN 978184275167
- Bell, J. W. (2006) Social democracy and the rise of the Democratic party in California, 1950-1964. The Historical Journal, 49 (2). pp. 497-524. ISSN 1469-5103 doi: 10.1017/S0018246X06005309
- Bell, J. W. (2004) The changing dynamics of American liberalism: Paul Douglas and the elections of 1948. Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society, 96 (4). pp. 368-393. ISSN 1522-1067
- Bell, J. (2004) The liberal state on trial: the Cold War and American politics in the Truman years. Columbia University Press, New York. ISBN 9780231133562
- Bell, J. W. (2003) Conceptualising Southern liberalism: ideology and the Pepper-Smathers 1950 primary in Florida. Journal of American Studies, 37 (1). pp. 17-45. ISSN 0021-8758 doi: 10.1017/S0021875803006984
- Bell, J. W. (2003) Costigan, Edward. In: McElvaine, R. S. (ed.) Encyclopedia of the Great Depression. Macmillan, New York, USA, pp. 213-214. ISBN 9780028656861
- Bell, J. (1999) Was there a political consensus on foreign policy in the United States in the early years of the Cold War? No, any notion of bipartisanship in the face of a perceived Soviet threat was undermined by clear ideological differences between political leaders in America. In: Allison, R. (ed.) American Social and Political Movements, 1900-1945: Pursuit of Liberty. History in Dispute, 2. St James Press, Detroit, pp. 208-212. ISBN 9781558623965