Dr Mara Oliva

University of Reading

Dr Mara Oliva

Dr Mara Oliva

Dr Mara Oliva is a lecturer in twentieth century US history and the Director of the MA in History Programme at the University of Reading.

Dr Oliva’s research examines US foreign policy since the end of World War II. She has written about Sino-American relations in the Cold War, US public diplomacy and the US presidency. She is currently working on a new project on US climate diplomacy since the end of the Cold War.

Dr Oliva has contributed to media outlets such as the BBC and The Conversation. She is associate editor for the Palgrave Communications journal. She also reviews book proposals and manuscripts for Palgrave MacmiIlan and Edinburgh University Press.

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Dr Darius Wainwright

University of reading/London School of economics

Dr Darius Wainwright is a lecturer in the Department of History at the University of Reading and a Guest Teacher in the London School of Economics’ International History Department.

Darius’ research focuses on Anglo-American soft power and Iran’s relations with the UK and United States. He has recently completed his PhD, an exploration of British and American cultural diplomacy in Iran in the 1950s. He is currently writing an article on US sports diplomacy in Iran and is undertaking research on Iran and the 1964 New York World Fair.

Darius is a former Eccles Centre Fellow at the British Library. He has contributed to media outlets such as TRT, France 24, Al Jazeera and Channel 5. Darius has also reviewed publications on US foreign policy for H-Diplo and has contributed to University of Southern California’s Center for Public Diplomacy’s blog.

Dr Darius Wainwright

Dr Darius Wainwright

Past Conveners

Eugenio Lilli, university college dublin

matthew alan hill, liverpool john moores university

Wali Aslam, University of Bath

Maria Ryan, University of Nottingham

Nicholas Kitchen, London School of Economics

Oz Hassan, University of Warwick

Lee Marsden, UEA

Adam Quinn, University of Birmingham

Inderjeet Parmar, University of Manchester

John Dumbrell, University of Durham


"What I enjoy most about this Working Group is the friendly and collegiate atmosphere, whereby people support you in all kinds of ways to develop your own research interests into US foreign policy, whether contemporary or historical."