Giles Scott-Smith

Giles Scott-Smith

Giles Scott-Smith holds the Ernst van der Beugel Chair in the Diplomatic History of Transatlantic Relations since WW II at Leiden University, and since January 2017 he is also the Academic Director of the Roosevelt Institute for American Studies in Middelburg, The Netherlands.

He received his PhD in International Relations from the University of Lancaster, England, and his thesis applied IR theory to the study of transatlantic relations during the early Cold War. Since then he has taught and researched in both IR and International History.

From 2013-2016 he was Chair of the Transatlantic Studies Association, and he is now one of the organisers of the New Diplomatic History network.

He is co-editor for the Key Studies in Diplomacy book series with Manchester University Press, and on the editorial board of the Journal of Contemporary History and New Global Studies. His research interests broadly cover the role of non-state actors and public diplomacy in the maintenance of inter-state (particularly transatlantic) relations.


  • US Foreign Policy

  • Public Diplomacy

  • Transnational Anti-Communism