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Chris Parkes

Dr Chris Parkes

Senior Lecturer in History Education


I research the history of twentieth century American politics, diplomacy and society, with a particular interest in the role played by sexuality in shaping political events. After completing a Ph.D. in International History at the London School of Economics in 2016, I taught in the LSE International History Department and the English Language Centre at King’s College London. I was also a fellow of the interdisciplinary course LSE100 from 2013-2016. In 2019 I joined the King’s College London Department of History.

Research interests and PhD supervision

  • American History
  • The History of Sexuality
  • Diplomatic History


I teach about global and transnational history, principally in the 20th century, as well as special topics in the history of the United States.

Selected publications

  • The Welles of Loneliness: Sex, Power, Politics, and Scandal in the Life of Sumner Welles (University of Chicago Press, forthcoming).
  • “The Stonewall Riots”, BBC World Histories Magazine.
  • “'Men Working Together!': The Queer Masculinity of World War Two Propaganda” Notches: (re)marks on the History of Sexuality.