Professor Nigel Ashton

I have been working at LSE since 1998 first as a lecturer and, since 2009, as Professor of International History. I am currently director of the undergraduate programme in the International History Department and teach courses on British and American policy in the Middle East since 1945, and the Cold War. The great thing about teaching courses in these areas is that they correspond precisely to my research interests; I'm able to refine my ideas through dialogue with the students. This interaction is what LSE is all about.

As part of my role as undergraduate programme director, I have also been involved as the staff member of our staff-student liaison committee for the last five years. Fulfilling this role for so long has allowed me to get a good sense of what our students want from their history degrees. To satisfy their interests, we offer programmes that cover a wide geographical and temporal range. We aim to provide as much choice as feasible while making sure that our students also receive a good grounding in the core components of the discipline of history.

For me, the most rewarding part of all in my undergraduate teaching is supervising dissertations on topics in my field of expertise. Here, students do their own original work and often unearth documents in archives which provide a fresh perspective on important historical issues. LSE is a great place to carry out this kind of original research because of the resources available in our library and in London as a whole.

Studying history can provide the foundation for future success in a wide variety of careers. It's always a pleasure to hear from a former student who has forged a successful career, for example as a journalist, diplomat, teacher or consultant. In just the past month, I've met up with students I've taught who are now working successfully in all of these fields.

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