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Simon Toner

TonerSimonSimon Toner is the International History Stonex PhD Scholar at LSE IDEAS.

He is a PhD candidate in the Department of International History. Simon's research investigates the influence of modernization theory on South Vietnamese nation-building efforts from 1968 to 1975. He is working under the supervision of Professor Arne Westad.

Simon holds an MA in the History of International Relations from University College Dublin where he wrote his thesis under the supervision of Robert K. Brigham. Prior to starting his PhD, Simon worked in Hanoi for 2 years. His work has featured in NeoAmericanist and the European Journal of American Studies.

An abstract of Simon's thesis can be viewed here.

Areas of Expertise
  • The Vietnam Wars
  • Culture and US foreign relations
  • US nation-building efforts during the Cold War 
  • The Cold War in South-East Asia