Mr Grant Golub

Mr Grant Golub

PhD Student and Graduate Teaching Assistant

Department of International History

Telephone
+44 (0)20 7955 6366
Room No
SAR.2.06
Office Hours
On Zoom: Friday, 4pm to 5pm by email appointment
Languages
English, Spanish
Key Expertise
American Political and Diplomatic History

About me

Grant is originally from Sarasota, Florida in the United States of America. He received his BA in History and American Studies cum laude from Princeton University, and an MSc in History of International Relations with Distinction from LSE. After his MSc, he worked as a communications consultant for Fortune 500 companies in Brooklyn, New York before returning to LSE to pursue his PhD in International History. Aside from his research, Grant is co-convener for the HY510 LSE-Sciences Po Research Seminar in Contemporary International History (Lent Term 2020 - present) and co-editor of the department's LSE International History Blog (since September 2020).

Provisional thesis title

Henry L. Stimson, the War Department, and the Politics of American Grand Strategy during the Second World War

My research focuses on Henry L. Stimson and his tenure as the American secretary of war during the Second World War. Stimson was considered one of the foremost American statesmen of his generation and the first half of the twentieth century, having served as secretary of war before the First World War, governor-general of the Philippines, and secretary of state before returning the Department of War in July 1940. Despite his impressive resume and important role in helping President Franklin D. Roosevelt lead the American war effort, he has largely disappeared from the historical record and has been relegated to the sidelines in the historiography of the Second World War. This research wants to examine in detail Stimson's role in the Allied war effort, analyzing his influence over Roosevelt; his contributions to top level decision-making, war mobilization, shifting public opinion toward supporting the war, and military strategy; how he shaped the politics of foreign policy, and his internationalist worldview and vision for the postwar world. This research will also investigate Stimson's influence over the group of American foreign policy elders known collectively as "The Wise Men," who worked for Stimson at the War Department and his leadership of the Manhattan Project, the American program to build the first atomic bombs.

Expertise Details

American History; American Foreign Relations; Diplomatic History; Political History; Cold War; Anglo-American relations; Second World War

Teaching

Grant teaches the following course at undergraduate level:

HY116 - International Politics since 1914: Peace and War

Publications

Conference Papers

  • December 2020: “We’ve Got to Go to Europe and Fight: Rethinking Henry Stimson and American Military Strategy during the Second World War,” British Association for American Studies (BAAS) Postgraduate Works in Progress Session
  • September 2020: “The Winds of War: Franklin D. Roosevelt, World War II, and the 1940 Presidential Election,” Historians of the Twentieth Century United States Postgraduate and Early Career Conference

Honours and awards

  • 2020: Summer Seminar in History and Statecraft, William P. Clements Jr. Center for National Security, University of Texas at Austin (postponed due to COVID-19)
  • 2020: COVID-19 Mini Research Grant, Historians of the Twentieth Century United States (HOTCUS)
  • 2020: Roosevelt Institute Research Grant, Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library
  • 2020: LSE US Centre PhD Summer Research Grant, LSE
  • 2016: Stone/Davis Prize, Shelby Cullom Davis Center, Princeton University
  • 2016: Senior Thesis Research Grant, Program in American Studies, Princeton University
  • 2016: Senior Thesis Research Grant, Office of the Dean of the College, Princeton University