Visiting Scholar to Speak on Reagan and Thatcher
“The Reagan and Thatcher Years 1981-89” will be the topic of Dr. James Cooper when he delivers the annual Fulbright-Robertson Lecture Oct. 2 in the Hermann Lounge of the Hunter Activity Center on the campus of Westminster College in Fulton, MO.
The lecture will begin at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public. A reception will follow in the Glass Music Room.
Cooper is an historian of modern and contemporary politics, particularly in areas related to Britain and the United States. He was awarded the Fulbright-Robertson Visiting Professor in British History Award to come to Westminster to teach and conduct research this academic year.
“I am interested in transnational and comparative historical approaches, the transatlantic exchange of ideas for policy and electioneering and the use of oral history,” says Cooper. “I have had the opportunity to do detailed research on the Reagan-Thatcher years and interview many dignitaries from that era.”
Cooper’s forthcoming book explores the relationship between former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and the late President Ronald Reagan. He examines taxation reform, monetary policy, trade union reform, and privatization and deregulation.
He has undertaken extensive research at the Reagan Library in California and the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., where he was able to examine all relevant material available at the time.
He has also interviewed politicians, civil servants and aides from both administrations. Among the over thirty dignitaries he has interviewed are Lords Howe and Lawson (former Chancellors of the Exchequer) and Edwin Meese, former Special Counsel to the President and U.S. Attorney General.
Cooper comes to Westminster from Aberystwyth University where he taught classes about European Society in the Cold War Era, the use of political diaries and memoirs as historical sources, twentieth century British politics and Thatcherism. Next summer he will take up the position of Senior Lecturer in History at Oxford Brookes University.
The Fulbright-Robertson Visiting Professor in British History award is given to a British historian who agrees to teach and conduct research specifically at Westminster College. The professor is assigned to the history department and required to teach one upper level 3-hour course on British history and one 3-hour survey course on British history in both the fall and spring semesters.
The candidate is also expected to establish a collaborative relationship and conduct personal research at the National Churchill Museum and neighboring presidential libraries as well as accepting speaking engagements and participating in academic conferences in the United States and Canada.