Dr William King

Dr William King

PhD Alumni and Guest Teacher

Department of International History

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Office Hours
Wednesday, 11am to 12pm
Key Expertise
Cold War history, British defence policy, chemical and biological warfare

About me

William King is a Guest Teacher in International History at the LSE and a Research Fellow at the German Historical Institute London. He is a historian of modern Britain and Europe, and his current research examines the history of Euroscepticism in Britain. Prior to joining LSE, he was a Teaching Fellow in History at Sciences Po. William holds an MA in International Security and Intelligence from King’s College London, an MPhil in Historical Studies from the University of Cambridge, and a PhD in International History from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

PhD thesis: The British Nerve Agent Debate: Acquisition, Deterrence and Disarmament, 1945-1976

Expertise Details

Cold War history; Anglo-American relations; British defence policy; chemical warfare; biological warfare; radiological warfare


Dr King teaches the following courses:

At undergraduate level:

HY116 - International History since 1890


Conference papers

  • ‘Anglo-American Intelligence Cooperation and the Japanese Biological Warfare Program, 1944-1947’, LSE International History Research Seminar, 27 September 2017.
  • ‘The 1952 Global Strategy Paper and British Chemical Warfare Policy’, The British International History Group, Keele University, 7-9 September 2017.
  • ‘Assessing British Biological Warfare Gains from the Axis Powers: The Biological Warfare Intelligence Committee, 1944-1946’, Science/Technology/Security: Challenges to global governance?, UCL, 20-21 June 2016.
  • ‘British CBW intelligence on Germany in the Second World War’, CIISS 7th Biennial Conference on Intelligence, Public Confidence and Security, 4-6 June 2015, Gregynog Hall.

Awards and scholarships

  • LSE Research Studentship 2015-2019
  • LSE Class Teacher Award 2016-17, 2017-18