Alan Dobson began his career at Swansea University 1978-99 and returned as an honorary Professor in Politics and International Relations in 2014. Between 2011-14 he was an honorary professor in the School of International Relations, St. Andrews University and before that Professor of Politics at Dundee University, 1999-2011. He was a Fellow of both the Royal Historical Society and the Royal Aeronautical Society for several years. He held a Senior Research Fellowship at the Nobel Institute, Oslo, 1997; the Lenna Fellowship St. Bonaventure University, NY, 2005; a Distinguished Visiting Research Professor Fellowship at the McBride Center for International Business Studies, Baylor University, Texas, 2008, and a Fulbright Fellowship again at Baylor in 2012. In 2014 he won the Virginia Military Institute’s Adam’s Centre annual Cold War Essay prize. He is the founder of the Transatlantic Studies Association, editor of the Journal of Transatlantic Studies and has published extensively on Anglo-American relations, economic warfare and the international airline system. His most recent books are FDR and Civil Aviation: Flying Strong, Flying Free (London & New York: Palgrave, 2011), and co-edited with Steve Marsh Anglo-American Relations: Contemporary Perspectives (London and New York, Routledge, 2012/2013). He is editor of the International History Review.
He is currently working on three projects, two, with Steve Marsh on a history of Anglo-American relations and on the consequences of Churchill’s Fulton speech and a single authored history of the development of international civil aviation.
He is married with three daughters and his hobbies are rambling, gardening, painting and cooking.