Professor Alan Dobson
Honorary Professor
College of Arts and Humanities
Telephone: (01792) 602394

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.

Honours and Distinctions

  • Honours
  • 2014 Honorary Professor School of International Relations St Andrews University
  • 2014-17 Honorary Professor College of Arts and Humanities (Political and Cultural Studies) Swansea University
  • 2011-2014 Honorary professor School of International Relations, St. Andrews University
  • By invitation Visiting Research Fellow McBride Centre for International Business Studies, Baylor University, Texas, March 2008
  • Member of organising committee NATO sponsored project on Political and Social Impact of Military Bases, conference held at Portuguese Joint War College, Lisbon, December 2007 and invited Chair and Discussant NATO Advanced Research Workshop: Perceptions of NATO, A Balance 60 Years After, Lisbon 17-18 May 2010.
  • 2007-2010 co-operation with ‘Finland Distinguished Professor Programme’ on transatlantic relations and the Cold War both in their conferences and through the Journal of Transatlantic Studies which published selected papers from the conference.
  • By invitation 2005 Lenna Visiting Fellow Bonaventure University, NY, USA
  • Fulbright Teaching and Research Scholar Baylor University August – December 2012
  • Executive Member and UK Chair East-West Trade Study Group 2001-2006
  • 1997 – 2004 elected Member of the Royal Aeronautical Society.
  • 1997, by invitation, Senior Research Fellow, Norwegian Nobel Institute.
  • 1995 elected Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.
  • Prizes
  • Virginia Military Institute Adam’s Centre Annual Cold War History Essay 2014, 1stPrize winner $3000.
  • Editorial roles
  • Editor: Journal of Transatlantic Studies
  • Editor: of International History Review
  • Editorial Board Diplomatic History and International History Review
  • Guest editor 2008/9 with Steve Marsh special issue 60th NATO anniversary The International Journal: Canadian Institute of International Affairs
  • Co-editor with Steve Marsh EUP Research Series in Anglo-American Relations,
  • Founder and Chair 2002-2013: Transatlantic Studies Association
  • Founder (2003) andEditor: The Journal of Transatlantic Studies, Routledge/Taylor Francis.
  • Invited lectures
  • November 2014, Virginia Military Institute Conference, lecture ‘Reagan: Strategies and Policies’.
  • Autumn 2014 St Andrews University paper ‘Contemporary Anglo-American Relations’
  • December 2014, Santa Maria Azores LPAZ in Conjunction with University of the Azores Conference on 70th anniversary of Chicago Aviation Conference: plenary presentation.
  • March 2015, University College London, ‘Contemporary Anglo-American Relations: Still Special?’
  • May 2015 York St John University lecture ‘Churchill and Truman and Anglo-American Relations’.
  • June 2015, Conference: The 20th Century, York St John University, ‘The Development of the International Civil Aviation System’.
  • September 2015 Santa Maria Azores LPAZ in Conjunction with University of the Azores Conference on Aviation Writers, plenary presentation ‘W.E. Johns and Biggles: Aviation, Travel, and Flying Aloft’.
  • March 2016 Sussex University one day conference on Churchill’s Fulton Speech: invited paper on the Political and Economic Context and the Special Relationship
  • April 2016 lecture on BREXIT Rome Tre University and the American University in Rome.
  • Churchill, Fulton and the Cultural Underpinnings of the Special Relationship, Transatlantic Studies Association annual conference Cork, 10-13 July 2017.
  • A History of International Civil Aviation in Six Phases, LPAZ Conference, Aviation: The Impact on Time and Space,Santa Maria, The Azores, 6-10 September 2017.


1. US Wartime Aid to Britain, London, Croom Helm, 1986.

2. The Politics of the Anglo-American Economic Special Relationship 1940-84, Brighton & New York, Wheatsheaf/St. Martin’s, 1988.

3. Peaceful Air Warfare: the United States, Britain and the Politics of International Aviation, Oxford, Clarendon, 1991.

4. Flying in the Face of Competition: the Policies and Diplomacy of Airline Regulatory Reform in Britain, the USA and the European Community 1968-94, Aldershot, Ashgate, 1995.

5. Anglo-American Relations in the Twentieth Century: Of Friendship, Conflict, and the Rise and Decline of Superpowers, London, Routledge, 1995.  

6. Co-authored with Steve Marsh, US Foreign Policy Since 1945, Routledge, London, 2000/ second edition revised and expanded 2006.

7. US Economic Statecraft for Survival 1933-1991: Of Embargoes, Strategic Embargoes, and Economic Warfare London: Routledge, 2002.

8. Globalisation and Regional Integration: The Origins, Development and Impact of the Single European Aviation Market, London: Taylor Francis/Routledge 2007.

9. Franklin D. Roosevelt and Civil Aviation 1933-1945: Flying High, Flying Free, New York: Palgrave 2011.

10. Anglo-American Relations Since 1945, co-authored two-volume monograph with Steve Marsh contracted with EUP.

11. A History of International Civil Aviation: From Its Origins Through Transformative Evolution, London: Routledge, 2017, pp. 148. ISBN10 1138745596.


Book chapters

‘When Strategic Foreign Policy Considerations Did Not Trump Economics: British Cold War Policies on East-West Trade’, in John Fisher et al (editors), The Foreign Office, Commerce and British Foreign Policy in the Twentieth Century, London: Palgrave/Macmillan, 2016, pp. 361-81.

*Co-edited with Steve Marsh, and chapter contribution ‘Churchill’s Fulton Speech and the Context of Shared Values in a World of Dangers’, pp. 43-64, Churchill and the Anglo-American Special Relationship, London and New York: Routledge, 2016, pp. 278.

‘Captain W.E. Johns and Biggles: Aviation, Travel, and Fighting Aloft’, in José Dominiques de Almeida et al (editors), Aviateurs-Écrivains, Paris: Éditions Le Manuscrit Paris, 2017, pp. 103-22.


Articles published since 2005

‘Not the Third World War: The US-UK Heathrow Succession Rights Affair and Anglo-American Relations’, Diplomacy and Statecraft25(iii), 2014, pp. 529-549.

‘The Need for the Chicago Conference and Its Triumph and Failure’, LPAZ vol. 1 May 2015, pp. 30-34 (Portuguese publication)

*‘Reagan’s Strategies and Policies: Of Ideology, Pragmatism, Loyalties, and Management Style’, Diplomacy and Statecraft, December vol. 27(iv), 2016, this paper won the  "Virginia Military Institute Cold War Essay Contest Sponsored by the John A. Adams Centre for Military History and Strategic Analysis: First Prize, Alan Dobson.

Co-authored with Steve Marsh, ‘Anglo-American Relations: End of A Special Relationship, International History Review, January 2014.

Co-authored with Steve Marsh, ‘Benign Neglect: America’s Threat to the Anglo-American Alliance’, Orbis, 58(ii) 2014, 266-281.

‘The Reagan Administration, Economic Warfare and the Closing Down of the Cold War’, Diplomatic History vol. 29 (iii) (2005), pp. 531-556.

 ‘Abortion and the Neutrality of the Liberal State’, Politics and Ethics Review, 2:2, 2006, pp. 178-202.

‘Negotiating the EU-US Open Aviation Area Agreement 2007 in the Context of Transatlantic Airline Regimes Since 1944’, Diplomacy and Statecraft, (2009) 20(i), pp. 136-161.

Co-authored with Prof. Joe Mckinney (Dobson 85%) Sovereignty, Politics and US International Airline Policy, Journal of Air Law and Commerce, 74(iii) 2009, pp. 527-553, ISSN0021-8642

’From Instrumental to Expressive The Changing Goals of the U.S. Cold War Strategic Embargo.’ Journal of Cold War Studies 12:1 (Winter 2009-2010) 98-119. 

Co authored with Steve Marsh, ‘Churchill and Truman at the Summit: SACLANT and the Tone of Anglo-American Relations in January 1952’, International History Review., Volume 32 Issue 2, pp. 211-228, June 2010.

‘Civil Aviation and European Integration’, Journal of Common Market Studies, 48 iv, pp. 1127-1147  ISSN 0021-9886

 ‘Flying Between Britain and the USA: Canadian Civil Aviation 1935-1945’ International History Review, December 2012, IHR 34:4, 655-77.

Co-authored with Steve Marsh, ‘Anglo-American Relations: End of A Special Relationship, International History Review, January 2014.

Co-authored with Steve Marsh, ‘Benign Neglect: America’s Threat to the Anglo-American Alliance’, Orbis, 58(ii) 2014, 266-281.

 ‘Not the Third World War: The US-UK Heathrow Succession Rights Affair and Anglo-American Relations’, Diplomacy and Statecraft25(iii), 2014, pp. 529-549.

Edited Books

Deconstructing and Reconstructing the Cold War, Aldershot, Ashgate, 1999, with assistant editors, S. Malik & G. Evans.

Anglo-American Relations: Contemporary Perspectives, London and New York, Routledge, 2012, co-edited with Steve Marsh and in paperback 2013.

Contributions to Edited Works

Contributions to Edited Works since 2005.

 ‘Some Thoughts about Concepts and Explanation’ in Jari Eloranta and Jari Ojala (eds.), East West Trade and Cold War, University of Jyväskylä, Press, 2005.

‘The Atlantic Alliance and Blair’s Pivotal Power: Trying to Make all Things Special’, Richard A. Chilcoat, Joseph R. Cerami, and Patrick B. Baetjer, (eds), The Future of Transatlantic Relations, Strategic Studies Institute, Carlisle Pennsylvania, 2006, pp. 45-57.

‘L’administration Reagan, la guerre économique et la fin de la guerre froide’, Paul Vaisse and Klaus Morgenroth (eds.), Les relations internationals au temps de la guerre froide, Bern, Peter Lang, 2006, pp. 189-277.

 ‘A Special Relationship: Bridging the Europe-America Divide’, Amit Gupta and Cherian Samuel (eds.), The Second Bush Presidency: Global Perspectives, Dorling Kindersley/Pearson Education, 2006, pp. 65-78 (commissioned by Observer Research Foundation, India, ISBN 8177587951).

 ‘Operation Lamachus – The Cold War Comes to Scotland: the Holy Loch US Nuclear Submarine Base and its Impact on Scotland 1958-1973’, co-authored with Dr. Charles Whitham, in J. Engel (ed.), Local Consequences of the Global Cold War, Palo Alto: Stanford University Press, 2008.

‘Operation Lamachus: the Holy Loch US Nuclear Base and the Dangers of Local Radiation Pollution’ in L. Nuno Rodrigues and Sergyi Glebov (eds.), Military Bases. Historical Perspectives, Contemporary Challenges, Amsterdam: IOS Publishers, 2009.

‘Roosevelt and The Struggle for a Post-War Civil Aviation Regime: Legacy Or Loss?’ in Woolner, Kimball and Reynolds (eds.) FDR’s World: War, Peace and Legacies, London:Palgrave 2009.

 H-Diplo Roundtable Reviews, Vol. XI, No. 1 (2009) 12, 4 September 2009, pp. 6-12, Stable URL:

Entry 6,000 words on ‘Economic Warfare’, in Gordon Martel (editor), Encyclopedia of War, Blackwell’s 2011.

‘Churchill and the Special Relationship’, co-authored with Steve Marsh for the Churchill Society, 2012

‘The Need for the Chicago Conference and Its Triumph and Failure’, LPAZ vol. 1 May 2015, pp. 30-34 (Portuguese publication)