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Professor Steven Casey

Professor of International History

Other Titles: PhD Programme Director (Michaelmas Term)
Research Interests: 20th-Century United States
Room: EAS.E311
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7543

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 2010 Truman Book Award and the 2009 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|, which has just been published by Oxford University Press. He is currently working on a book provisionally entitled Partners in Peril: The American Media and Military at War against Nazi Germany, 1941-1945.

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.

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 Masters 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
Aurelie Basha i Novosejt Vietnam Withdrawal Plans in the Kennedy and Nixon administrations 
Oliver Elliott American war journalism in Korea and Vietnam
Chris Parkes The Welles of Loneliness: Sumner Welles and the Creation of U.S. Foreign Policy
Weston Ullrich American Foreign Policy and de-Stalinisation, 1953-56


Articles and Chapters


Professor Steven Casey Publishes New Book

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.


LSE Academic Wins 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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