Staff Profile:Dr Mara Oliva

Dr Mara Oliva
Job Title:
Lecturer in Modern American History (20th century)

Director of MA in History

Undergraduate Teaching:

Part One: contribution to Journeys Through History 1 & Research Skills and Opportunities; Option: From Berlin to Baghdad: The Origins of the War on Terror

Part Two Option: The American Dream? US History from Colonial Times to late twentieth century

Part Three Option: The US and the Cold War

Special Subject: The US and China in the historical context

Postgraduate Teaching:

Contribution to MA programme core modules; option: US Foreign Policy in 20th & 21st centuries

Postgraduate Supervision:

I have supervised many MA dissertations on 20th century US history


I am currently supervising two PhD students:


Dafydd Townley: Spies, Civil Liberties, and the Senate: The 1975 Church Committee'


Darius Wainwright: Cultural diplomacy, soft power, the 'special relationship'‚Äč, foreign policy, Middle East history

Areas of Interest:

My predominant area of research concerns the political history of the United States in the twentieth century, with particular consideration paid to the interaction between domestic and foreign policy. I am currently completing a monograph manuscript entitled: The Eisenhower Administration, American Public Opinion and the People's Republic of China. This project was funded by the Scouloudi Historical Award ( The US-UK Fulbright Commission ( The European Association of American Studies ( the Royal Historical Society ( the British Association of American Studies ( and the University of London (

Research groups / Centres:

I am the Vice-Chair of the American Politics Group (APG)

In 2017, I co-founded (together with Dr Mark Shanahan from Politics Department) the Monroe Group, an interdisciplinary research network for the study of political history and politics in the Americas.

Historians of the Twentieth Century US (HOTCUS)

British Association of American Studies (BASS)

Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR)

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Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

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