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Dr Matthew Hill

Dr Matthew Hill

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Biography

Matthew joined Liverpool John Moores University as a Senior Lecturer in History in April 2014.

Prior to Liverpool John Moores, Matthew was a Senior Lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University working as the Course Convenor for the MA in International Relations. Prior to that, he worked as a Lecturer in US Politics at the School of Advanced Study, University of London where he taught on the MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies. He was also the principal investigator for two US-based research projects. First, he created the Atlantic Archive: UK-US Relations In An Age Of Global War 1939-1945 online database (http://archive.atlantic-archive.org/) on official UK perspectives towards the US. It examines UK government documents discussing US economic, political and social/ cultural life. Second, in the Women and US Foreign Policy Interview Project (http://wandusfp.sas.ac.uk/) he interviewed predominantly women involved, and affected by US foreign policy. These interviews are placed into an online repository. Matthew was also a lecturer in politics at De Montfort University, Oxford Brookes University and Cardiff University. He completed his Ph.D. on US democracy promotion in Bosnia and Afghanistan under Presidents Clinton and Bush, and his MA was in Near and Middle Eastern Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies.

Matthew received a distinction in his Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching and is now a Fellow at the Higher Education Academy (HEA). He is also an active member of the British International Studies Association’s (BISA) US Foreign Policy working group.

Matthew is interested in taking on Ph.D. candidates in the broad topics of statebuilding and liberal peacebuilding and the history and politics of US foreign policy. If interested, please contact him for a chat.

Matthew is currently working on three research projects: 1) examining contemporary US democracy efforts in the Arab Spring’s Libya, 2) examining sovereignty disputes between the US and the US over certain Pacific Islands during and after WWII and, 3) examining the US post-war reconstruction plans for Iraq if the US-led coalition had invaded in 1991.

Matthew is the programme leader for the MA in International Relations. He is an external examiner for a PhD at Cardiff University and was recently appointed the convenor of the British International Studies Association US Foreign Policy working group.

Languages

Spanish; Castilian

Degrees

2008, University of Ulster, Northern Ireland, PhD
2002, School of Oriental and African Studies, United Kingdom, MA in Near and Middle Eastern Studies

Academic appointments

Senior Lecturer in US History and International Relations, History, Liverpool John Moores University, 2014 - present

Publications

Chapters

Hill MA. 2018. The unipolar moment, its end, and the future trajectory of US democracy promotion Pee R, Schmidli WM. The Reagan Administration, the Cold War and the Transition to Democracy Promotion Palgrave Macmillan. UK

Book

Hill MA. 2014. American Politics For Dummies John Wiley & Sons 9781118921128

Hill MA. 2012. Democracy promotion and conflict-based reconstruction: The United States and democratic consolidation in Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq :1-229 9780203808344 >DOI

Hill MA. 2011. Democracy Promotion and Conflict-based Reconstruction The United States and Democratic Consolidation in Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq Routledge 9780415588928

Book review

Hill MA. 2013. The right kind of revolution: Modernization, development, and U.S. foreign policy from the Cold War to the present Cold War History, 1 :136-137 >DOI

Hill MA. 2013. Over There: Living with the U.S. Military Empire from World War Two to the Present Cold War History, 1 :567-568 >DOI

Hill MA. 2012. State power and democracy: before and during the Presidency of George W. Bush Journal of Transatlantic Studies, 3 :297-298 >DOI

Journal article

Hill MA. 2010. International actors and democratisation: can USAID deliver a democratic culture to Afghanistan? International Relations Journal, 2 :155-174 >DOI

Hill MA. 2010. Exploring USAID’s democracy promotion in Bosnia and Afghanistan: A ‘cookie-cutter approach’? Democratization, 1 :98-124 >DOI

Hill MA. 2010. Erratum to Exploring USAID's democracy promotion in Bosnia and Afghanistan: A 'cookie-cutter approach'? (Democratization, 17, 1 (103)) Democratization, 17 :597 >DOI

Engagement & Impact

Conference presentation:

Contesting sovereignty over Pacific Islands during WWII: The UK versus the US, Circulación De Ideas Y Modelos Sociales En Perspectiva Transatlántica conference, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos Madrid, Spain, Oral presentation 20/11/2012

Contesting sovereignty over Pacific Islands during WWII: The UK versus the US, Circulación De Ideas Y Modelos Sociales En Perspectiva Transatlántica conference, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos Madrid, Spain, Oral presentation 20/11/2012

Learning lessons from the past: Is past US democracy promotion influencing its engagement in Libya?, Transatlantic Studies Association Annual Conference, Cork, Éire, Oral presentation 09/07/2012

Learning lessons from the past: Is past US democracy promotion influencing its engagement in Libya?, Transatlantic Studies Association Annual Conference, Cork, Éire, Oral presentation 09/07/2012

The US national interest in promoting democracy: Valuing democratisation but not consolidation?, ECPR General Conference, Reykjavik, Iceland, Oral presentation 25/08/2011

The US national interest in promoting democracy: Valuing democratisation but not consolidation?, ECPR General Conference, Reykjavik, Iceland, Oral presentation 25/08/2011

Comparative analysis of democracy promotion by USAID in Bosnia and Afghanistan: How important are contexts in designing a strategy?, American Politics Group annual conference, Oxford University, UK, Oral presentation 08/01/2009

Comparative analysis of democracy promotion by USAID in Bosnia and Afghanistan: How important are contexts in designing a strategy?, American Politics Group annual conference, Oxford University, UK, Oral presentation 08/01/2009

Owning the democratic development of one's culture: The failure of US democracy promotion in Bosnia and Afghanistan to support, not direct, the transition to democracy, Interrogating Democracy in International Relations, MJIA Conference London School of Economics, UK, Oral presentation 25/10/2008

Owning the democratic development of one's culture: The failure of US democracy promotion in Bosnia and Afghanistan to support, not direct, the transition to democracy, Interrogating Democracy in International Relations, MJIA Conference London School of Economics, UK, Oral presentation 25/10/2008

Conference organisation:

International Studies Association Annual Convention, Toronto Canada, Co-organised a panel Setting Geopolitical Trends in US Foreign Relations: Reviewing Reactions to the End of the Cold War After 25 Years

BISA US Foreign Policy Working Group conference, Warwick UK, Organised a panel on the relationship between women and foreign policy for the Globalisation and American Grand Strategy in a Time of Austerity conference.

ISA and LSE IDEAS JFK Foreign Policy conference, Organised a conference with LSE IDEAS: Fifty Years without JFK: Rethinking Global Diplomacy, http://www.lse.ac.uk/IDEAS/events/events/2013/130313-JFK.aspx

US Foreign Policy BISA working group and BAAS Postgraduate Conference, Organised a conference on US politics, and workshops on how to present at a conference and get research published in a journal

Democracy Promotion: Hegemony, Resistance and the Shifting Discourses of Democracy in International Relations, Organised a conference with David Chandler from DPIR, University of Westminster on democracy promotion, http://events.sas.ac.uk/isa/events/view/12034/Democracy+Promotion:+Hegemony,+Resistance+and+the+Shifting+Discourses+of+Democracy+in+International+Relations

Global Political Challenges: Women Advancing Democracy lecture by former US Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, Co-organiser, http://www.lse.ac.uk/IDEAS/events/events/2011/111202Albright.aspx

Old wine in a new bottle? Democratisation lessons from Afghanistan and Iraq in the Arab Spring's Libya, Organised panel at the Institute for the Study of the Americas, UK, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnisyc5vRZ8

Seminar on the death penalty in the United States of America, Organised at the Insitute for the Study of the Americas, University of London

Debate on the decline of the United States of America, Co-organised and chaired debate at the Institute for the Study of the Americas, University of London that included Prof. Mick Cox (LSE), Prof. Iwan Morgan (ISA), Dr. Adam Quinn (Birmingham) and Dr. Nick Kitchen (LSE)., http://www.sas.ac.uk/videos-and-podcasts/politics-development-human-rights/debate-united-states-america-decline

International Studies Association Annual Convention, Toronto Canada, Co-organised a panel Setting Geopolitical Trends in US Foreign Relations: Reviewing Reactions to the End of the Cold War After 25 Years

BISA US Foreign Policy Working Group conference, Warwick UK, Organised a panel on the relationship between women and foreign policy for the Globalisation and American Grand Strategy in a Time of Austerity conference.

ISA and LSE IDEAS JFK Foreign Policy conference, Organised a conference with LSE IDEAS: Fifty Years without JFK: Rethinking Global Diplomacy, http://www.lse.ac.uk/IDEAS/events/events/2013/130313-JFK.aspx

US Foreign Policy BISA working group and BAAS Postgraduate Conference, Organised a conference on US politics, and workshops on how to present at a conference and get research published in a journal

Democracy Promotion: Hegemony, Resistance and the Shifting Discourses of Democracy in International Relations, Organised a conference with David Chandler from DPIR, University of Westminster on democracy promotion, http://events.sas.ac.uk/isa/events/view/12034/Democracy+Promotion:+Hegemony,+Resistance+and+the+Shifting+Discourses+of+Democracy+in+International+Relations

Global Political Challenges: Women Advancing Democracy lecture by former US Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, Co-organiser, http://www.lse.ac.uk/IDEAS/events/events/2011/111202Albright.aspx

Old wine in a new bottle? Democratisation lessons from Afghanistan and Iraq in the Arab Spring's Libya, Organised panel at the Institute for the Study of the Americas, UK, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnisyc5vRZ8

Seminar on the death penalty in the United States of America, Organised at the Insitute for the Study of the Americas, University of London

Debate on the decline of the United States of America, Co-organised and chaired debate at the Institute for the Study of the Americas, University of London that included Prof. Mick Cox (LSE), Prof. Iwan Morgan (ISA), Dr. Adam Quinn (Birmingham) and Dr. Nick Kitchen (LSE)., http://www.sas.ac.uk/videos-and-podcasts/politics-development-human-rights/debate-united-states-america-decline

Fellowships:

Fellow, Higher Education Academy (HEA)

Fellow, Higher Education Academy (HEA)

Media Coverage:

http://ilas.sas.ac.uk/about-us/news/dr-matthew-hill-isa-lecturer-us-politics-interviewed-bbc-breakfast-following-2012-us-p, Appeared on the BBC Breakfast show talking about the 2012 US Presidential Election

http://ilas.sas.ac.uk/about-us/news/dr-matthew-hill-isa-lecturer-us-politics-interviewed-bbc-breakfast-following-2012-us-p, Appeared on the BBC Breakfast show talking about the 2012 US Presidential Election

Membership of professional bodies:

Member, Historians of the Twentieth Century United States society (HOTCUS), http://www.hotcus.org.uk/Welcome.html

Member, British International Studies Association (BISA), and its US Foreign Policy working group, http://www.us-foreign-policy.com/

Member, International Studies Association (ISA), http://www.isanet.org/

Member, British Association for American Studies (BAAS), http://www.baas.ac.uk/

Member, Historians of the Twentieth Century United States society (HOTCUS), http://www.hotcus.org.uk/Welcome.html

Member, British International Studies Association (BISA), and its US Foreign Policy working group, http://www.us-foreign-policy.com/

Member, International Studies Association (ISA), http://www.isanet.org/

Member, British Association for American Studies (BAAS), http://www.baas.ac.uk/

Other invited event:

School of Advanced Study Dean’s Seminar Series, School of Advanced Study, University of London, Presented a paper discussing the role of democracy promotion in the Obama administration titled: ‘Obama’s Foreign Policy: Who Needs Democracy Promotion When You’ve Got Democracy Assistance?

University of Westminster research seminar series, University of Westminster, Presented a paper at the Centre for the Study of Democracy seminar series: ‘Can US democracy promotion drive democratic consolidation?’

Manchester Metropolitan University research seminar series, Manchester Metropolitan University, Presented a paper at the Department of History, Politics and Philosophy seminar series: ‘Contemporary US democracy assistance: can it drive democratic consolidation?’

Critical and Inclusive? Report and Recommendations on Gender Teaching at SOAS, SOAS, London UK, Panel member discussing gender and US foreign policy alongside the launch of a new report on gender in teaching https://soasgenderreport.wordpress.com/

School of Advanced Study Dean’s Seminar Series, School of Advanced Study, University of London, Presented a paper discussing the role of democracy promotion in the Obama administration titled: ‘Obama’s Foreign Policy: Who Needs Democracy Promotion When You’ve Got Democracy Assistance?

University of Westminster research seminar series, University of Westminster, Presented a paper at the Centre for the Study of Democracy seminar series: ‘Can US democracy promotion drive democratic consolidation?’

Manchester Metropolitan University research seminar series, Manchester Metropolitan University, Presented a paper at the Department of History, Politics and Philosophy seminar series: ‘Contemporary US democracy assistance: can it drive democratic consolidation?’

Critical and Inclusive? Report and Recommendations on Gender Teaching at SOAS, SOAS, London UK, Panel member discussing gender and US foreign policy alongside the launch of a new report on gender in teaching https://soasgenderreport.wordpress.com/

Teaching qualification:

Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching (PGCILT)

Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching (PGCILT)