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Professor Paul Kennedy to be the first Philippe Roman Professor of History and International Affairs at LSE

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Photograph of Professor Paul KennedyLSE is proud to announce that Professor Paul Kennedy will be the first holder of the Philippe Roman Chair in History and International Affairs at the School.

Professor Kennedy is currently the J Richardson Dilworth Professor of History at Yale University|, where he teaches on political, economic, and strategic issues. He is one of the most well-known international historians working in the field today, and has reached a global audience through his books The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers (1987) and Preparing for the Twenty-First Century (1993).

Professor Arne Westad, co-director of LSE's Cold War Studies Centre|, where the chair will be based, said: 'Professor Kennedy's presence at LSE next year will be of key importance in our ambitions to launch the School as a meeting place between the study of history and present-day international concerns.'

LSE's Philippe Roman Chair in History and International Affairs is made possible by a private donation to the School, and Professor Kennedy will be the inaugural holder of this prestigious visiting position for the academic year 2007-08.

Paul Kennedy was born in 1945 and obtained his BA at Newcastle University and his DPhil at Oxford University. He is a former fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton and of the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung, Bonn. He holds many honorary degrees, and is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society, the American Philosophical Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was made Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2000 for services to history and elected a fellow of the British Academy in 2003.

At Yale, Professor Kennedy is co-director of the International Security Studies Program|, which facilitates work in all departments and schools and places special emphasis on training doctoral candidates and on its Grand Strategy Project. He is also a Brady-Johnson Distinguished Fellow in Grand Strategy and coordinates the John M. Olin Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship. Kennedy is known for his writings on global politics, the influence of economics on grand strategies, and strategic issues. He is on the editorial board of numerous journals and writes for The New York Times and The Atlantic.

Professor Kennedy's latest book is The Parliament of Man: the past, present and future of the United Nations (2006), which is inspired by the work he did on a report for the secretary general for the 50th anniversary of the UN.

More on Professor Kennedy can be found at: http://www.yale.edu/history/faculty/kennedy.html| 


For more information, contact Jessica Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email j.winterstein@lse.ac.uk|

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