Dr Darius Wainwright

Dr Darius Wainwright

Guest Teacher

Department of International History

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Office Hours
On Zoom: Thursday, 12pm to 1pm by Student Hub appointment
Key Expertise
Cold War, Cultural Diplomacy, Foreign Policy, United States, Britain, Iran

About me

My principal research interests lie in the ‘special relationship’ and public diplomacy. I am particularly interested in how the UK and US used culture to achieve their diplomatic goals in Iran and to attract Iranians towards their respective values and lifestyles.

My future research plans are to build on the foundations of my PhD to further examine Anglo-American foreign policy towards Iran, as well as cultural diplomacy more broadly. I would like to analyse the US sports diplomacy in Iran, as well as anti-Iranian elite and public opinion in America since the 1979 Iranian Revolution.

Dr Wainwright did his PhD in the Department of History at the University of Reading.

Expertise Details

Cold War; Cultural Diplomacy; Foreign Policy; United States; Britain; Iran


Dr Darius Wainwright teaches the following courses in the department.

At undergraduate level:

HY206 - The International History of the Cold War, 1945-1989

HY245 - The United States and the World since 1776


Conference papers and presentations

  • August 2018: British International History Group’s Annual Conference, University of Exeter - ‘Britannia Overwhelmed? The British Council and the UK Foreign Office’s Attempts to Reassert Britain’s Cultural Presence in Iran, 1953-1958.’
  • June 2018: Annual Conference of the Historians of the Twentieth Century United States, University of Cambridge - ‘The United States Information Service and Radio Tehran.’
  • May 2017: 2018LSE-GWU-UCSB Cold War Graduate Student Conference, the London School of Economics, London, ‘Promoting the American Way of Life: US Cultural Diplomacy in Iran, 1953-1958.’
  • January 2018: Annual Conference of the American Politics Group, University of Oxford -  ‘American Values and Culture in Iran, 1953-58.’
  • June 2017: Annual Conference of the Historians of the Twentieth Century United States, University College Dublin – ‘Awkward Partners? The United States Information Agency (USIA), the Information Research Department (IRD) and SAVAK, the Iranian Intelligence Service, 1958-68.’
  • April 2017: Annual Conference of the British Association of American Studies, Canterbury Christchurch University – ‘A Competitive Relationship? Britain, the United States and Teaching of the English Language in Iran, 1958-68.’
  • January 2017: Annual Conference of the American Politics Group, University of Leicester – ‘Three’s a Crowd? The UK Foreign Office, the US State Department and SAVAK, the Iranian security and intelligence service (1958-68).’

Awards and scholarships

  • May 2017: Awarded the annual Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library research grant.
  • March 2017: Awarded the British Library Eccles Centre Postgraduate Award.
  • February 2017: Awarded a Royal Historical Society travel grant.
  • February 2017: Awarded the British Association for American Studies John D Lees award for American political studies.
  • May 2015: Awarded a three year PhD Studentship by the University of Reading.