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Michaelmas termcard published

The Institute's programme of lectures, seminars, and special events for Michaelmas Term is now available to view and download from our website at

We look forward to welcoming you to the Institute this term!

'America at the Ballot Box': Gareth Davies publishes new book

America at the Ballot BoxThe lifeblood of American democracy, elections offer insight into the character and historical evolution of American politics. America at the Ballot Box, a new book co-edited by Gareth Davies, University Lecturer in American History at St Anne’s College, and Julian Zelizer, Professor of History and Public Affairs at Princeton University, uses the history of presidential elections to highlight American political democracy and its development over the centuries.

U.S. Ambassador Matthew Barzun meets Professors Sexton and Miller

Sexton, Barzun, MillerRAI Director Jay Sexton and John G. Winant Professor of American Government, Lisa Miller, met U.S. Ambassador Matthew Barzun during his visit to Oxford this week. Ambassador Barzun returned to Oxford following his visit to the RAI in March 2014 to speak to an audience of local school students during the RAI's annual Congress to Campus event.

RAI welcomes The Cooper School, Bicester

Cooper SchoolThe RAI today welcomed A-level students and teachers from The Cooper School in Bicester, who made their annual visit to the Vere Harmsworth Library to explore its collections on Civil Rights. The students are working on projects considering how presidential leadership influenced the Civil Rights movement.

RAI invites Academic Programme Fund applications

The RAI is pleased to invite applications to an annual fund to promote research events in the politics, literature, and history of the United States. 
The purpose of the fund is to encourage members of the RAI community, broadly construed, as well as Oxford University postholders with interests in the politics, literature, and history of the United States to develop workshops, seminars, conferences, and other such events that will enhance the research profile of the Institute and its members. Applications with a cross-disciplinary element are particularly encouraged, as are those that are intended to lead to publication. Applications for this round are due at noon on Friday, 6 November 2015. Individual applications can request up to £5,000, but the preference of the Committee is to fund several smaller events.

RAI Director of Development wins prestigious history prize

Huw DavidRAI Director of Development Dr. Huw David has been awarded the prestigious Hines Prize by the College of Charleston’s Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World program for his book-manuscript The Atlantic at Work: Britain and South Carolina’s Trading Networks, c. 1730 to 1790.

RAI Summer School returns for 2016

We are pleased to announce that our highly successful interdisciplinary summer school will be returning in June 2016. Next year’s theme is "Action Figures: Political Plots and Promises, Cultural Hopes and Horrors across the American Century, 1916-2016". It will focus on the real and imagined nature of American subjectivity and citizenship. Questions will be raised about the successes and failures of American democratic promises, their cultural compromises and ambivalence as realised in political, cultural, literary and artistic terms.

Tom Cutterham reflects on RAI-American Antiquarian Society Fellowship

CutterhamIn 2015, the RAI launched a new partnership with the American Antiquarian Society, in Worcester, Massachusetts. Tom Cutterham, a scholar of early American history at the RAI and Sir Christopher Cox Junior Fellow at New College, was the beneficiary of a week-long fellowship at the AAS. He reflects on his time at the AAS below:

RAI invites applications for Rivington and Joan Winant Postdoctoral Research Fellow in US Foreign Policy

FlagNuffield College, Oxford and the Rothermere American Institute invite applications for the Rivington and Joan Winant Postdoctoral Research Fellow in US Foreign Policy. The appointment will be for three years, with effect from 1 September 2016 or as soon as possible thereafter. The research area of the post is twentieth-century and/or contemporary US foreign policy from a historical (since 1898), political science, or international relations perspective (the three approaches not being mutually exclusive).

RAI opens Princess Margaret Memorial Garden to the public

GardenOn Friday 21st August, the RAI will once again open the Princess Margaret Memorial Garden to the public between 11am and 4pm. The date marks the 85th anniversary of Her Royal Highness Princess Margaret’s birth.

The Princess Margaret Memorial Garden was opened by Her Majesty the Queen on 5th May 2006. Created by the acclaimed garden designer Anoushka Hempel, it features ponds and displays of lavender in a tranquil setting between the Rothermere American Institute and Mansfield College.

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