Professor Steven Casey

Professor Steven Casey


Department of International History

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About me

*on sabbatical leave 2017-18*

Professor Casey is a specialist in U.S. foreign policy. His books include Cautious Crusade: Franklin D. Roosevelt, American Public Opinion, and the War against Nazi Germany, 1941-1945 (Oxford University Press, 2001; paperback 2004), which explored American attitudes toward Nazi Germany during World War II; Selling the Korean War: Propaganda, Politics, and Public Opinion, 1950-1953 (Oxford University Press, 2008; paperback 2010), which won both the Truman Book Award and the Neustadt Prize for best book in American Politics; and When Soldiers Fall: How Americans have Debated Combat Casualties, from World War I to the War on Terror (Oxford University, 2014) which also won the Neustadt Prize.

His new book, War Report, Europe: The American Media at War against Nazi Germany, was published in the US by Oxford University Press on 3 April 2017. The UK edition will be out in June 2017. Based on hundreds of manuscript collections, many of them previously untapped, it provides the first comprehensive account of how American war correspondents reported World War II.

Professor Casey studied for his undergraduate degree at the University of East Anglia before moving to Oxford where he completed an M.Phil and then D. Phil in International Relations. Between 1998 and 2001, he was a Junior Research Fellow in Politics at Trinity College, Oxford. He joined LSE in 2001.

In 2004-5, Professor Casey was the recipient of the Truman Scholar's Award. In 2006 he was awarded a Marshall/Baruch Fellowship. In 2008 he was one of the inaugural Visiting Fellows at the Australian Prime Ministers Centre in Canberra, as well as the Visiting Scholar at the John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library in Perth, where he presented the annual Curtin Public Lecture entitled, 'A Missed Opportunity: The Curtin-Roosevelt Meeting and Australian-American Relations during World War II.' In 2009 he received a Mathew Ridgway Grant to research at the U.S. Military History Institute in Carlisle Pennsylvania. In 2010 he was awarded a British Academy Small Research Grant, in 2011 a Moody Grant from the Lyndon Johnson Library, and in 2013 a Research Grant from the Eisenhower Foundation.


20th-Century United States

Teaching & supervision

Professor Casey normally teaches the following courses:

At undergraduate level:

HY116: International History since 1890 (taught jointly with other members of staff in the Department)

HY311: Limited War during the Cold War Era: The United States in Korea and Vietnam

At postgraduate level:

HY422: Presidents, Public Opinion, and Foreign Policy: From Roosevelt to Reagan

Professor Casey also supervises the following PhD students:

 Research student  Provisional thesis title
 Ken Letcher  The Revolt of the Generals: President Eisenhower and the U.S. Army, 1953-1958
 Amal Tarhuni (2016-17)  Britain, the United States and the Radicalisation of Qaddafi's Libya 1969-1986


Newest book

The War Beat, Europe: The American Media at War against Nazi Germany (New York: Oxford University Press, 2017)

The War Beat, Europe was published in the US on 3 April 2017 and was released in the UK in June 2017. The Kindle version is available on Amazon.


“Steve Casey’s The War Beat is a wonderful chronicle of an extraordinary band of correspondents who covered the defeat of the Third Reich. Based on impeccable research, and written with flair and humanity, this utterly absorbing study chronicles the journalists who put themselves in harm’s way to record the titanic struggle to preserve freedom.”—Alex Kershaw, author of Avenue of Spies: A True Story of Terror, Espionage, and One American Family's Heroic Resistance in Nazi-Occupied Paris

“Engagingly written and full of illuminating vignettes, War Beat, Europe tells the story of the brave and intrepid correspondents who reported on the European front during the Second World War.  Though subject to military censorship, these courageous journalists never lost sight of their fundamental obligation to keep the public informed.”—Richard R. John, Columbia Journalism School

"This very impressive volume is a superbly researched and beautifully written study of US media coverage of the European theater during World War II.   Its comprehensive and incisive analysis will lead to reconsideration of many standard beliefs regarding the relationship among the media, the armed forces, and the government during this conflict, as well as the individuals whose reporting and visuals helped shape the public image of the war.”—Mark A. Stoler, editor of the George C. Marshall Papers

“The famed American war correspondents who covered the European theater in World War II presented to their readers back home a conflict that was tough, but triumphant.  The War Beat, Europe shows us the competition, hardship, criticism, distrust, and patriotism that characterized the fractious cooperation between the US military and the media.”—Susan Brewer, author of Why America Fights: Patriotism and War Propaganda from the Philippines to Iraq


The War Beat, Europe: The American Media at War Against Nazi Germany. New York: Oxford University Press, 2017.

When Soldiers Fall: How Americans have Confronted Combat Losses, from World War I to Afghanistan. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.

Selling the Korean War: Propaganda, Politics, and the Press in the U.S., 1950-1953, New York: Oxford University Press, 2008; paperback 2010.

Cautious Crusade: Franklin D. Roosevelt, American Public Opinion and Nazi Germany, 1941-45, New York: Oxford University Press, 2001; paperback 2004.

Mental Maps in the Era of Détente and the End of the Cold War, Basingstoke: Palgrave/Macmillan, 2015 (co-editor with Jonathan Wright).

The Cold War: Critical Concepts. London: Routledge, 2013 (editor).

The Korean War at Sixty. London: Routledge, 2012 (editor).

Mental Maps in the Early Cold War Era. Basingstoke: Palgrave/Macmillan, 2011 (co-editor with Jonathan Wright).

Mental Maps in the Era of Two World Wars. Basingstoke: Palgrave/Macmillan, 2008 (co-editor with Jonathan Wright).

Articles and chapters

• ‘Confirming the Cold War Consensus: Eisenhower and the Election of 1952,’ in Andrew Priest and Andrew Johnstone, eds., Elections and American Foreign Policy, Lexington: University of Kentucky Press, forthcoming.

‘The 1930s and the Road to War,’ in Oxford Research Encyclopedia in History, Oxford University Press, 2016.

‘When Congress Gets Mad,’ Foreign Affairs, 95 (January-February, 2016).

• ‘Reporting from the Battlefield: Censorship and Journalism,’ in Richard Boswell, Evan Mawdsley, and Joe Maoilo, eds., Cambridge History of the Second World War, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015.

• ‘War Correspondents,’ in Dennis Showalter, ed., Oxford Bibliographies in Military History, New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.

• ‘The Media,’ in Dennis Showalter, ed., Oxford Bibliographies in Military History, New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.

• ‘The United States,’ in James Matray and Donald W. Boose, eds., The Ashgate Companion to the Korean War, Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2014.

• ‘Rhetoric and Style of Truman's Leadership,’ in Daniel S. Margolies, ed., A Companion to Harry S. Truman, Oxford: Blackwell, 2012.

• ‘Harry Truman, the Korean War, and the Transformation of U.S. Policy in East Asia, June 1950-June 1951,’ in James Matray, ed., The East Asia Legacy of Harry S. Truman, Kirksville, MO: Truman State University Press, 2012.

‘Obama’s Alliances,’ Lowy Institute Working Paper, 2011.

‘The Truman-MacArthur Controversy at Sixty,’Historically Speaking (2011), with William Stueck.

• ‘Harry S. Truman’s Mental Map,’ in Casey and Wright, ed., Mental Maps in the Early Cold War Era, Basingstoke: Palgrave/Macmillan, 2011.

‘Wilfred Burchett and the UN Command's Media Relations during the Korean War,’Journal of Military History, 74, (2010).

‘Casualty Reporting and Domestic Support for War: The U.S. Experience during the Korean War,’Journal of Strategic Studies, 33 (2010).

• ‘Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Mental Map,’ in Casey and Wright, ed., Mental Maps in the Era of Two World Wars, Basingstoke: Palgrave/Macmillan, 2008.

‘White House Publicity Operations during the Korean War, 1950-1951,’Presidential Studies Quarterly, 35 (December 2005).

‘Selling NSC-68: The Truman Administration and the Politics of Mobilization, 1950-51,’ Diplomatic History, 29 (September 2005).

‘The Campaign to Sell a Harsh Peace for Germany to the American Public, 1944-48,’History, 90 (January 2005).

• ‘Propaganda in the Korean War,’ in Nicholas Cull, David Culbert, and David Welch, ed., Propaganda and Mass Persuasion, Oxford: ABC-Clio, 2003.

‘Red, White, and Bush,’ Foreign Policy, January-February 2002.

‘Franklin Roosevelt, Ernst “Putzi” Hanfstaengl and the “S-Project,” 1942-44,Journal of Contemporary History, 35 (July 2000).


News & media


Professor Steven Casey on Trump's nuclear bluster precedent

"The closest a US president has come to anticipating Trump’s shockingly bellicose statement was Harry Truman, during the Korean War", argues Professor Steven Casey in his 11 August piece for the The Interpreter. Much alike Donald Trump's bluster, Truman’s words also sent shockwaves through the world. Read the full piece, “Korea: Trump’s nuclear bluster has just one precedent”, in the Lowy Institute website.


Lecture at Ohio State University

On 21-22 April, Professor Steven Casey attended a conference at Ohio State University’s Mershon Center on War, Media, and Public Opinion. The conference brought together leading political scientists, communications scholars, and historians in the field, as well as journalists and policy makers. Professor Casey spoke on “The Media and Military at War, from World War I to Korea,” which highlighted some of the themes of the three major monographs he has published in the past nine years.


New Book released in the US and UK, The War Beat

Professor Steven Casey’s newest book, The War Beat, Europe: The American Media at War against Nazi Germany was released by Oxford University Press in the United States on 3 April. The book was later released in the UK in June of the same year. War Beat, Europe presents the challenges faced by World War II American correspondents mediating between their battlefield reporting and the US press management. Based on a wealth of previously untapped primary sources, Professor Casey provides the first comprehensive account of what reporters, such as Ernie Pyle, Robert Capa, Margaret Bourke-White and Walter Cronkite, witnessed, what they were allowed to publish, and how their reports shaped the home front's perception of some of the most pivotal battles in American history. Order the UK edition on Amazon UK.


LSE Excellence in Education Awards

In June 2016, Professor Steven Casey won an LSE Excellence in Education Award. Designed to support the School’s aspiration of creating ‘a culture where excellence in teaching is valued and rewarded on a level with excellence in research’ (LSE Strategy 2020), the Excellence in Education Awards are made, on the recommendations of Heads of Department, to staff who have demonstrated outstanding teaching contribution and educational leadership in their departments.


New edited volume, Mental Maps in the Era of Détente and the End of the Cold War

Professor Steven Casey’s new book, Mental Maps in the Era of Détente and the End of the Cold War, was published in October. The book, edited jointly with Professor Jonathan Wright, is the final volume of a trilogy that explores the ‘mental maps’ of key leaders during the twentieth century. It features thirteen studies, including chapters on Nixon and Kissinger, Brezhnev and Gorbachev, Allende and Deng, Nyerere and Mandela. Read more about the book from the publisher, Palgrave-Macmillan.


Professor Steven Casey wins 2015 Richard E. Neustadt Prize

Professor Steven Casey has won the 2015 Richard E. Neustadt Prize for his book, When Soldiers Fall: How Americans have Confronted Combat Casualties, from World War I to Afghanistan (Oxford University Press). This is the second time he has won the prize, which is awarded annually by the American Politics Group of the Political Studies Association for the best book in American Politics. In 2009, Professor Casey's book, Selling the Korean War: Propaganda, Politics, and Public Opinion, 1950-1953 (Oxford University Press, 2008; paperback 2010), also won the Neustadt Prize.


New Book, When Soldiers Fall

Professor Steven Casey has just published When Soldiers Fall: How Americans Have Confronted Combat Casualties from World War I to Afghanistan (New York: Oxford University Press, 2014). Buy this book from the publisher: Oxford University Press. To coincide with the publication of this major new book, which transforms our understanding of how American society has confronted major wars since 1914, Professor Casey has appeared on the American public radio show, ‘Roundtable,’ and has also published a number of opinion pieces, including "Obama was Right to Have Republican Robert Gates as Defense Secretary," U.S. News & World Report, 19 January 2014,"What Bob Gates' Memoir Tells Us about Casualties," The Interpreter, 14 January 2014, and "America's Love Affair with Technowar," History News Network, 30 December 2013.


2010 Harry S. Truman Book Award

Dr Steven Casey has received the prestigious 2010 Harry S Truman Book Award for his work Selling the Korean War: Propaganda, Politics, and Public Opinion in the United States, 1950-1953 (Oxford University Press, 2008).Selling the Korean War, which previously won the 2009 Neustadt Award in American Politics, was selected from a record field of thirty-three entries to emerge as the winner of the Harry S Truman book award. This award recognises the best book published within a two year period that addresses an aspect of the life of US President Harry S Truman or the history of the United States under his presidency. Dr Casey is the first non-American to win this award, whose previous recipients include Dean Acheson, McGeorge Bundy, Bruce Cumings and John Gaddis.

Commenting on the book, Dr. Jeffrey Gall, chair of the Harry S. Truman Book Award subcommittee, said:

“The committee believes that Dr. Casey’s work is a unique and important contribution to the historiography of the Korean War. He explores how, at all levels, the Truman administration worked to control and shape the public’s understanding of what was occurring on the Korean peninsula and to maintain both popular and Congressional support for a conflict unlike any the nation had ever seen.”

“U.S. setbacks in the war clearly helped lead to Truman’s plummeting approval ratings as he left office, yet Casey argues the administration succeeded on other levels. Support for the war never totally collapsed as it might have, and the administration helped the public come to better understand the long, perilous, and complex situation faced by the nation in the emerging Cold War.”

Selling the Korean War has just been published in paperback.

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