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Dr Alex Goodall
Appointment
  • Senior Lecturer: International History (US and the World)
  • Dept of History
  • Faculty of S&HS
Research Summary
Alex Goodall works on the history of the United States, Latin America, and the world, including the history of revolutionary and counter-revolutionary movements in the Americas. He is interested in the history of state formation and US overseas expansion in the early twentieth century; and, more generally, the relationship between political ideology and US national identity in the “American Century”.

Alex’s first monograph, Loyalty and Liberty: American Countersubversion From World War One to the McCarthy Era (Illinois, 2013) looked at the history of antiradicalism, antifascism and anticommunism in the United States before the Cold War. It explored the connections between US foreign policy, domestic political conflict, and the emergence of the domestic security state in the first half of the twentieth century.

Alex has also published a range of articles on US nationalism and international politics, discussing such subjects as the surprising links between Henry Ford and the Mexican revolutionary artist Diego Rivera; Wilsonian internationalism and domestic antiradicalism; depression-era anticommunism and international fascism; turn of the century imperialism and the idea of “un-Americanism”; and conservative efforts to develop ideas of Soviet “economic warfare.” He has also co-authored work on Cuban exile groups in the US, and recently completed a historiographical essay on US foreign policy in the 1920s. 

His current research includes a co-authored project on the Open Door idea, to be published as part of the BAAS paperback series; and an investigation into the transnational origins of US international power between 1898 and 1933.
Teaching Summary

  • Superpower: A Global History of the United States, 1898-1989
  • Ideas in Motion: The International Dimensions of Postwar American Thought
  • Tutor, MA Transnational Studies

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