HUMs 2023: Video Training for Research Impact, Academic Engagement and Science Communication


  • Faculty of History
  • University of Oxford
  • Video 4 Impact – HUMS – 2023

Research Topic
The impact of US President F.D. Roosevelt and the policies of the New Deal on perceptions of America amongst the British left in the 1930s and 1940s.

Franklin Roosevelt faced not one but two formidable crises during his time in the Oval Office. Winning an unprecedented four election victories, his first task was to salvage the American economy from the depths of the Great Depression before going on to lead the country to victory during World War II. His progressive package of recovery policies known as the New Deal was keenly observed overseas, not least in Britain.

However, while Anglo-American histories of the period often choose to focus on the relationship between Roosevelt and Churchill, this study charts the lesser-understood links between FDR and the British left. Ultimately it seeks to analyse the impact that this extraordinary President and his policies had on the perception of America in contemporary British left-wing circles.

Research interests
The Presidency of Franklin Roosevelt
The New Deal
Britain in the 1930s and 1940s
Labour Party History

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