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 100 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 Michael Chabon, Joy Harjo, Richard Blackett, Elizabeth Cobbs, Tamson Pietsch, and Iwan Morgan, along with a joint conference with the NYU Brademas Center to discuss an inside look at American politics. In addition, we host regular events for our community members, like a weekly coffee morning and a women's lunch twice a term to foster support networks and a sense of belonging at the RAI. We also have a podcast series, The Last Best Hope?, which regularly sits in the UK top 50 podcasts and has recently featured discussions with historians including Elizabeth Varon, Nick Witham, Dan Jackson and Sam Haselby.
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.