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School of History

Professor Mark White


Professor of History

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 8376
Room Number: ArtsTwo 2.09


During my postgraduate education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (MA) and Rutgers University (PhD), I came to focus on recent American history.

My research has taken me to the US National Archives, Library of Congress, and numerous presidential libraries.

I have taught at six universities in the US and Britain, and have worked at Queen Mary since 1999.


Research Interests:

I started my career as a specialist in US foreign relations.  This has developed into a more general interest in the American presidency in the Cold War and the post-Cold War era.

My particular areas of interest include:

  • US foreign policy in the Cold War
  • Cuban missile crisis
  • US presidency since 1945
  • John F. Kennedy
  • The issue of character and leadership

The issue of image and leadership


  • The Cuban Missile Crisis (1996)
  • Missiles in Cuba: Kennedy, Khrushchev, Castro and the 1962 Crisis (1997)
  • Kennedy: The New Frontier Revisited (1998)
  • The Kennedys and Cuba: The Declassified Documentary History (1999)
  • Kenneth Branagh (2005)
  • Against the President: Dissent and Decision-Making in the White House (2007)
  • The Presidency of Bill Clinton: The Legacy of a New Domestic and Foreign Policy (2012) 


I welcome applications from candidates wishing to undertake doctoral research in the following areas:

  • The American presidency since 1945
  • US foreign policy since 1945

Current PhD Students

  • Bob Green – Challenge and Crisis: The Carter Administration and Domestic Policy, 1977-81

Current PHD Students

  • Adam Boon – ‘Gentle in manner, strong in deed’: Evaluating Eisenhower’s Presidential Leadership of U.S. policy towards the Soviet Union
  • Bob Green – Challenge and Crisis: The Carter Administration and Domestic Policy, 1977-81
  • Steven Perkins – The Domestic Presidency of Bill Clinton, 1993-2001