Jonathan Haslam

George F. Kennan Professor
School of Historical Studies

History of International Relations (Late Modern)


Historical Studies

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University of Cambridge

Jonathan Haslam is a leading scholar on the history of thought in international relations and the history of the Soviet Union whose work builds a bridge between historical studies and the understanding of contemporary phenomena through critical examinations of the role of ideology. His studies of Soviet foreign policy are expansive in their quality and range, demonstrating his keen originality of thought, supported by insightful and comprehensive archival research. Haslam is the author of many books, as well as a blog,, which highlights aspects of Russia’s foreign and defense policies that do not see the light of day in mainstream media.

Dates at IAS

School of Historical Studies
School of Historical Studies


University of Birmingham


Appointments: Historical-Diplomatic Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry, International Advisory Committee 1992–96; House of Lords European Union Committee, Sub-Committee for Common Security and Foreign Policy, Specialist Adviser 2001–02
Editorships: Annals of Communism, Editorial Board 1999–; Cold War History, Editorial Advisory Board 2000­–; Journal of Contemporary History, Editorial Board 2011–;
Fellowships: British Academy; Corpus Christi College, Cambridge; Johns Hopkins University, Society of Scholars; Royal Historical Society


University of Cambridge
Professor of the History of International Relations 2004–15; Reader in the History of International Relations 2000–04; Assistant Director of Studies in International Relations 1991–2000
Stanford University
Visiting Professor of History
Harvard University
Visiting Professor of Government
Yale University
Visiting Professor of History
Stanford University
Visiting Professor of History
King’s College, Cambridge
Senior Research Fellow
University of California, Berkeley
Visiting Associate Professor of Political Science
Stanford University
Visiting Associate Professor of History
Johns Hopkins University
Associate Professor of Soviet Studies
University of Birmingham
Lecturer in Soviet Diplomatic History