About the RAI
The RAI is Oxford’s centre for the study of the United States and its place in the world.
Every year, we host more than 200 seminars, workshops, conferences and lectures which attract leading scholars, students, policymakers and public figures from across the world. Recent public events with large audiences have included discussions with Saidiya Hartman, Thomas Edsall, Claudia Rankine, and Deborah Treisman, and a series of online events exploring the 2020 Presidential election and the future of American politics. We have a podcast series, The Last Best Hope?, which has recently featured discussions with historians including Annette Gordon-Reed, Eric Foner, and Devin Fergus.
We host around a dozen visiting fellows each academic year. We also support three junior research fellows (early career academics) and every year welcome two distinguished visiting professors, the Harmsworth Professor of American History and the John G. Winant Professor of American Government.