Eminent historian to be 2014-2015 Philippe Roman Chair at LSE IDEAS

Eminent historian to be 2014-2015 Philippe Roman Chair at LSE IDEAS


matthewConnellyPandemics, nuclear war and the global history of population control are among the issues explored by the latest academic to take up the Philippe Roman Chair at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

Professor Matthew Connelly, a renowned historian and award-winning author, will succeed Professor Timothy Snyder as the holder of the chair in history and international affairs for 2014-15.

Currently a professor in the Department of History at Columbia University, Matthew Connelly is also founder and director or the LSE-Columbia University Double Degree in International and World History. His current research focuses on planning and predictions, and using data science to analyse patterns in official secrecy.

He has authored a wide-range of articles and publications, including the award-winning Diplomatic Revolution: Algeria’s fight for independence and the origins of the post-Cold War era, which has won five prizes since its publication. His most recent book, Fatal Misconception: the struggle to control world population, was chosen as one of the best books of the year by The Economist and the Financial Times.

The Philippe Roman Chair in History and International Affairs is based in LSE IDEAS, the centre for the study of international affairs, diplomacy and grand strategy.
It enables LSE to bring eminent historians from another part of the world to the School for a year of research, teaching and discussion.

Professor Matthew Connelly said “I am delighted to be taking up this post, which will enable me to strengthen the links I have gained through the LSE-Columbia Double Degree as well as establish new ones. My work aims to offer new and more productive ways of thinking about the history, and future, of world politics, and I look forward to exploring these issues with academics and students during my year at LSE.”

Professor Arne Westad, Director of LSE IDEAS, said: “Professor Connelly’s work raises challenging questions about what history is and how our understanding of the past can shape our knowledge of the present and future world. It is a great pleasure to welcome him to LSE IDEAS as our next Philippe Roman Chair.”

Professor Connelly is the eighth eminent historian to take up the Philippe Roman Chair at LSE. He follows in the footsteps of Professors Timothy Snyder, Anne Applebaum, Ramachandra Guha, Niall Ferguson, Gilles Kepel, Chen Jian and Paul Kennedy.

He will take up the post in October 2014, and as part of the role will give a number of public lectures on “The History and Future of Official Secrecy” over the course of the year[1].


Contact: Jess Winterstein, LSE Press Office, 020 7107 5025, j.winterstein@lse.ac.uk


[1] Professor Connelly’s lectures will be entitled: The Radical Transparency of the American Republic (November 2014), Open Government in the Age of Total War (December 2014), The Cold War and the Culture of Secrecy (January 2015) and Surveillance, Data Science and the Era of Big Data (March 2015).

Professor Matthew Connelly received his PhD from Yale University in 1997 and was Assistant Professor in the Department of History and Gerald R Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan before taking up his post at Columbia University. He has also held various visiting positions at Sciences Po, University of Sydney and the University of Oslo.

Diplomatic Revolution: Algeria’s fight for independence and the origins of the post-Cold War era has been awarded the George Louis Beer Book Prize for European International History since 1895 (American Historical Association, 2003), the Paul Birdsall Book Prize for European Military and Strategic History since 1870 (American Historical Association, 2003), the Stuart L. Bernath Book Prize (Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, 2003), the Edgar S. Furniss Book Award in National and International Security (The Merson Center, Ohio State University, 20014), and the Akira Krye International Book Award (Foundation for Pacific Quest, 2004).

The LSE-Columbia University Double Degreein International and World History is a two year master’s course which enables students to study at both LSE’s Department of International History and Columbia’s History Department.

Working with preeminent historians in the field, students explore the world by studying the forces that have been remaking it: migration, trade, technological revolutions, epidemic disease, environmental change, wars and diplomacy.

12 March 2014


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