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Dr Charlie Laderman

Dr Charlie Laderman

  • Academics

Lecturer in International History

Research subject areas

  • Conflict and security

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Dr Laderman is a Lecturer in International History and part of the core team responsible for directing the Centre for Grand Strategy. Before joining KCL, he was a Research Fellow in History at Peterhouse, University of Cambridge, where he remains a Senior Research Associate.

Since assuming his lectureship in 2017, he has published two books and a number of articles. His first monograph, entitled Sharing the Burden, was published by Oxford University Press in 2019. It explores the American and British response to the massacre of Armenian Christians in the Ottoman Empire, offering a window into America’s rise to great power status, decline of the British Empire and emergence of a new Anglo-American led international order after World War One. It was awarded the Arthur Miller Institute Prize from the British Association for American Studies as the best first book on any American studies topic in 2019 and was shortlisted for The Royal Historical Society’s Whitfield Prize in British History. In 2021, Sharing the Burden was also awarded the Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era's H. Wayne Morgan Prize for the best book in political history. His research was supported by one of the most prestigious academic fellowships for early career academics, the invite only Harrington Faculty Fellowship at the University of Texas, Austin.

In 2017, he also published the first academic monograph to examine Donald Trump’s thinking on foreign policy in its broader historical context. The book, co-written with Professor Brendan Simms of Cambridge University, reveals how Trump’s “worldview” was formed and analysed its potential consequences in policy terms. It was published by I.B. Tauris and Random House Deutschland. As the chief political commentator of The Financial Times remarked in his review, the book “has done political scientists and foreign policy establishments a big favour by trawling diligently through 30-odd years’ worth of statements, interviews and speeches in search of the Trump worldview.” The book was also reviewed in The Irish Times, CapX and Die Zeit, among other publications, and he has been interviewed by the BBC, Politico and other international media outlets in relation to it. The German edition was selected for special re-publication by Germany’s Federal Centre for Political Education, a government initiative to ensure wide dissemination of high-quality publications on important contemporary political subjects.

He is currently working on a new book, entitled Hitler's American Gamble, which is under contract with Penguin Press in the UK and Basic Books in the US. Co-written with Brendan Simms, it explores the most crucial period in 20th century diplomatic history – between Japan’s assault on Pearl Harbor and Hitler’s declaration of war on the US.

Throughout his time at King’s he has worked to apply deep historical knowledge to contemporary political concerns. He has published articles on global affairs in Foreign Policy, The Washington Post, History Today and The New Statesman, among other publications, and provided commentary for the BBC.

He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Nottingham, where he attained a first-class BA in History and Politics. He won the University of Cambridge's Member's History Prize for the best M.Phil in Historical Studies, before going on to complete my PhD at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. During his PhD, he was a Fox International Fellow at the Whitney and Betty Macmillan Center for International and Area Studies, a Smith Richardson Pre-doctoral Fellow in International Security Studies, both at Yale University, and an AHRC Fellow at the Kluge Center, Library of Congress.

For the 2021-22 academic year, Dr. Laderman will be on leave to take up a Research Fellowship at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University.


Research Interests

His research focuses on the United States and its relations with the wider world, with an emphasis on the intersection between U.S. and International History, and the interconnection between U.S. foreign policy and domestic politics.

In addition, his research encompasses the foreign relations of Great Britain, history and statecraft, and the development of ideas on human rights, grand strategy and global order.

He is open to supervising PhDs in American and British history, with a particular focus on international relations and foreign policy.



Dr. Laderman currently teaches and convenes the following BA modules:

  • 4SSW1001 The Causes of War
  • 5SSW2064 The Long View: Understanding international relations through history




  • Hitler’s American Gamble: Pearl Harbor and Germany’s March to Global War (Basic Books and Penguin Press, 2021) Available here (UK) and here
  • Sharing the Burden: The Armenian Question, Humanitarian Intervention and Anglo-American Visions of Global Order (Oxford University Press, 2019). Read extract.
  • Co-written with Brendan Simms, Donald Trump: The Making of a Worldview (I.B. Tauris, 2017) Available here. Read extract

Selected recent Articles and Chapters

  • ‘The United States and the Origins of the Modern Middle East,’ in The Cambridge History of America and the World (Cambridge University Press, 2021)
  • ‘The Statecraft of Theodore Roosevelt and America’s Rise to World Power,’ in Chris Dietrich, A Companion to U.S. Foreign Relations: Colonial Era to the Present (Wiley-Blackwell, 2020)
  • ‘Democracies must Rediscover the Virtues of Quiet Diplomacy,’ in Jeffrey Engel and Richard Immerman, Fourteen Points for the Twentieth Century (University of Kentucky Press, 2020) [Co-written with John Bew]
  • ‘The Ordeal of Paris: Herbert Hoover, Woodrow Wilson and the Search for Peace,’ in Seth Cotler and Richard Ellis, Historians in Chief: How Presidents Interpreted the Past to Shape the Future, (University of Virginia Press, 2019)
  • ‘Conservative Internationalism: An Overview,’ Orbis, January 2018, 62, 1, 6-21.
  • ‘Sharing the Burden? The American Solution to the Armenian Question, 1918-1920,’ in Diplomatic History, 40, 4, 664-694.
  • ‘The United States and the League of Nations,’ in The Oxford Research Encyclopedia in American History (Oxford University Press, November 2016)
  • ‘The Invasion of America by an Englishman: E.D. Morel and the Anglo-American Intervention in the Congo’ in William Mulligan (ed.) The Politics and Culture of Anti-Slavery Movements in Global Perspective (Palgrave, 2013)

Selected Recent Essays

  • ‘What Recognizing the Armenian Genocide Means for U.S. Global Power,’ Washington Post, 14 November 2019.
  • ‘What the Ouster of Britain’s U.S. Ambassador Says About British Power Today,’ Washington Post, 11 July 2019.
  • ‘US and North Korea: What Might Peace Look Like?’ BBC News, 24 July 2018.
  • ‘Back to the Future: Donald Trump and the Debate Over American Decline,’ History Today, 16 February 2017.
  • ‘Donald Trump’s 1950s Self-Help Foreign Policy,’ Foreign Policy, 10 February 2017.
  • ‘The Longest Hatred: Geopolitics of Anti-Semitism,’ New Statesman, 6-12 May 2016