Home > International History > Who's Who > Academic Staff > Professor Steven Casey, Professor of International History


Professor Steven Casey, Professor of International History

Research and Publications

Professor Casey is a specialist in U.S. foreign policy during the twentieth century. His first book was 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. His next book, Selling the Korean War: Propaganda, Politics, and Public Opinion, 1950-1953 (Oxford University Press, 2008; paperback 2010), won both the 2010 Truman Book Award and the 2009 Neustadt Prize for best book in American Politics. Professor Casey’s new book, When Soldiers Fall: How Americans have Debated Combat Casualties, from World War I to the War on Terror, has just been published by Oxford University Press (purchase this book from the publishers|).

Professor Casey is the editor of a special issue of the Journal of Strategic Studies on the sixtieth anniversary of the Korean War, which was republished as The Korean War at Sixty: New Approaches to the Study of the Korean War (Routledge, 2012). He is also the co-editor of Mental Maps in the Era of Two World Wars (Palgrave, 2008) and Mental Maps in the Early Cold War Era (Palgrave 2011), as well as editor of The Cold War: Critical Concepts in Military, Strategic, and Security Studies, 4 vols. (Routledge, 2013). He is currently working on the third volume of the Mental Maps trilogy, and is also writing a book entitled Partners in Peril: The American Media and Military at War against Nazi Germany, 1941-1945.

Professor Casey has published a number of scholarly articles, including ‘War Correspondents’ and ‘The Media,’ both of which will appear in Oxford Bibliographies in Military History; ‘Reporting from the Battlefield: Censorship and Journalism’ in the forthcoming Cambridge History of the Second World War;  'Casualty Reporting and Domestic Support for War: The U.S. Experience during the Korean War,' Journal of Strategic Studies, volume 33 (2010); 'Wilfred Burchett and the UN Command's Media Relations during the Korean War,' Journal of Military History, volume 74, (2010); 'White House Publicity Operations during the Korean War,' Presidential Studies Quarterly, volume 35 (December 2005); 'Selling NSC-68: The Truman Administration and the Politics of Mobilization, 1950-51,' Diplomatic History, volume 29 (September 2005); 'The Campaign to Sell a Harsh Peace for Germany to the American Public, 1944-48,' History, volume 90 (January 2005); and Franklin Roosevelt, Ernst "Putzi" Hanfstaengl and the "S-Project," 1942-44,' Journal of Contemporary History, volume 35 (2000).

Professor Casey studied for his undergraduate degree at the University of East Anglia before moving to Oxford where he completed an MPhil 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.

Click here for more on publications by Dr Steven Casey|.


Teaching and Supervision

Professor Casey's teaching at LSE reflects the research interests outlined above. He normally teaches the following courses:

At undergraduate level:

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

HY206: The International History of the Cold War, 1945-1975| (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:


Aurelie Basha i Novosejt

Vietnam Withdrawal Plans in the Kennedy and Nixon administrations 

Oliver Elliott

Allies at War: American journalism in Korea and Vietnam

Chris Parkes

The Welles of Loneliness”: Sumner Welles and the Creation of U.S. Foreign Policy

Daniel Strieff 

The Limits of Candour: Jimmy Carter, the Arab-Israeli Dispute and the Domestic Constraints on an Open Foreign Policy 

Weston Ullrich

American Foreign Policy and de-Stalinisation, 1953-56


Contact Details

Office: Room EAS.E311
Telephone: 020 7955 7543
Email Address: S.Casey@lse.ac.uk|

Office Hours

[On sabbatical 2013-14]


Dr Steven Casey