Jonathan Colman

Dr. Jonathan Colman

Senior Lecturer in International History

School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies

Livesey House, LH308

+44 (0) 1772 89 3114

Subject Areas: International History

Jonathan is a historian of American and British foreign policies, and has published widely in peer-reviewed journals and with university presses. He is the review editor for the journal Diplomacy and Statecraft and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

Full Profile

Dr Jonathan Colman is a historian who focuses mainly on US and British foreign policies, including the role of embassies and foreign ministries, from the late 1930s until the end of the Cold War. He has published three monographs – including one placing the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 in a wide international perspective – and numerous articles in leading peer-reviewed journals. He is now completing a monograph about the eminent British diplomat Sir Frank K. Roberts.

Jonathan would be would be delighted to supervise research exploring the international history of the twentieth century, especially British and American foreign policies and institutions of diplomacy.


  • PhD, International History, University of Liverpool, 2003.
  • MA (Distinction): International Studies, University of Leeds, 1996.
  • PGCE, Manchester Metropolitan University, 2003.
  • BA Combined Hons (First Class), Liverpool Institute of Higher Education, 1995.

External Activities


Jonathan’s work has received funding from the British Academy and other organisations.

Recent Presentations

Jonathan has presented papers at numerous professional conferences, including those of the British International Group and the Transatlantic Studies Association.

PhD Supervision

Jonathan has supervised or examined seven PhDs. He would be delighted to supervise research on British and US foreign policies, the role of ambassadors and diplomatic institutions, and the history of international relations more generally, especially from the 1930s to the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

Other Activities

Review editor for Diplomacy and Statecraft.

Peer referee for Continuum/Bloomsbury, Diplomacy and Statecraft, International History Review, The Journal of Transatlantic Studies, Pearson Education, Manchester University Press, and other journals and publishers.


  • British International History Group
  • Transatlantic Studies Association
  • Higher Education Academy


Jonathan is now working on two main research projects: the first is a biography of the British diplomat Sir Frank K. Roberts, and the second explores the literature of the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

  • Course leader BA (Hons) History
  • HY1111 America: Colonies to Nation, c.1750-1970
  • HY2099 America and the World, 1898-2001
  • HY3063 The Presidency of John F. Kennedy, 1961-1963