James Clifton

James Clifton

E-mail: james.clifton@bc.edu

Office: Stokes Hall S356

Faculty Advisor: James Cronin

Curriculum Vitae


M.A. in History, Boston College

B.A. in History and Political Science, University of Pittsburgh


My background is in nineteenth and twentieth century British history, the British Empire, transnational history, and intellectual history. I am currently writing a dissertation on British nuclear policy during the late Cold War. I look at British rearmament during the late 1970s and early 1980s with a focus on its political implications, particularly at how Britain used nuclear policy to manage its alliance partners and maintain its position as a world power.


  • Europe in the World I & II
  • Asia in the World I
  • Globalization I & II
  • Atlantic Worlds II


  • “‘Children of the Grave’: Détente, Nuclear Weapons, and Britain’s Search for Power in a Globalizing World,” International History Seminar, Institute of Historical Research, University of London, June 16, 2015
  • “‘Some Misguided Frolic’: Britain’s Deterrent and the Containment of Germany,” History Workshop, Boston College, April 17, 2015
  • “Logics of the Bomb: Nuclear Weapons and British Power during the Late Cold War,” Northeast Conference on British Studies, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, Fall 2013
  • “London Calling: Britain’s Push for an Independent Nuclear Deterrent and the Origins of Containment,” Mid-Atlantic Conference on British Studies, Pennsylvania State University, Abington, PA, Spring 2012


  • Summer Research Fellowship, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Boston College, 2014
  • Dissertation Fellowship, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Boston College, 2014
  • George W. Barnes Scholarship for Academic Excellence in History, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, 2007-2008