James Clifton

James Clifton

E-mail: james.clifton@bc.edu

Office: Stokes Hall S356

Faculty Advisor: James Cronin

Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION:

M.A. in History, Boston College

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


RESEARCH INTERESTS:

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.


TEACHING:

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


SELECTED CONFERENCE PAPERS AND INVITED TALKS:

  • “‘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


AWARDS:

  • 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