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Dr Elspeth O'Riordan
Dr Elspeth O'Riordan

Dr Elspeth O'Riordan

  • Teaching fellows
  • Academics
  • Visiting

Teaching Fellow

Research subject areas

  • History
  • Conflict and security
  • International relations

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Dr O’Riordan studied at Hull University and then the LSE, where she was a British Academy Scholar.  As a doctoral student she taught British and International history at the LSE as well as at the Universities of Westminster and Greenwich.  Since completing her PhD in 1998 she has held lectureships in Defence Studies Department (DSD) at King’s College London, in Modern History at the University of St Andrews, and in History at the University of Dundee.  

She returned to DSD as a Visiting Lecturer in 2015.Her teaching interests span twentieth century international history, British foreign policy, defence and strategic studies.  Her research focuses on twentieth century British and international history with a particular emphasis on Britain's foreign policy and policy-making processes.  She has published on British foreign policy in the interwar and post-war periods and is currently writing on the Cold War.  

Dr O'Riordan is able to act as second Supervisor for PhD students within her research interests.


  • Monograph:
    E.Y.O’Riordan, Britain and the Ruhr Crisis (Palgrave 2001, x + 208pp.)


  • E.Y. O’Riordan, ‘British Policy during the Ruhr Crisis 1922-1924.’ Diplomacy & Statecraft, 15:2 (2004), 221-51.
    E.Y. O’Riordan, ‘The British Zone of Occupation in the Rhineland’.  Diplomacy & Statecraft, 16:3 (2005), 439-54. [This article was also published in C. Fischer and Alan Sharp, ed. After The Versailles Treaty: Enforcement, Compliance, Contested Identities (London, 2008).]
    E.Y. O’Riordan, ‘Rethinking Britain’s foreign policy and the occupation zone in Germany 1945-7. Questions of structural and functional continuity in British foreign policy making,’ The International History Review, 2017 DOI:10.1080/07075332.2017.1283640 

Work in progress:
E. Y. O’Riordan, Understanding the Cold War: History, Approaches and Debates. (Palgrave)