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Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy

Dr J. Simon Rofe

BA, MA Distinction (Keele), PhD (Wales), Diploma Distinction (King's College London)


J. Simon Rofe
Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy (CISD)

Senior Lecturer in Diplomacy and International Studies, Global Diplomacy Programme Director

Dr J. Simon Rofe
Email address:
+44 (0)20 7898 4548
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Russell Square: College Buildings
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Dr J Simon Rofe is the inaugural director of CISD's Global Diplomacy Masters programme (Distance Learning).  Prior to joining SOAS he was Senior Lecturer and Director of Distance Learning Director in the Department of Politics and International Relations, and Centre for American Studies at the University of Leicester.  He has previously held positions in the Defence Studies Department of King’s College London at UK Defence Academy; in the American Studies Department at Canterbury Christ Church University; the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Kent at Canterbury.

Simon is the co-editor of Bloomsbury's Key Studies in Diplomacy book series, and a member of the Editorial Board of Diplomatic History.

Simon is the Centre's Research Tutor, and he welcomes enquiries pertaining to the Global Studies PhD programme.

Simon is also a Co-Chair BLT BISA's Learning and Teaching Working Group and a Vice-Chair Transatlantic Studies Association.


Programmes Convened
PhD Students supervised


His research interests lie in thebroad field of International History and focus on US Foreign Relations withthe rest of the world beyond the confines of national boundaries. I am particularlyinterested in efforts by US Presidents at peacemaking and post-war planning ona global stage in the modern era, and the diplomacy of international sport.


Authored Books

Rofe, Simon and Holmes, Alison R. (2012) The Embassy in Grosvenor Square – American Ambassadors to the United Kingdom 1938-2008. Palgrave.

Rofe, Simon (2007) Franklin Roosevelt's foreign policy and the Welles mission. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Edited Books or Journal Volumes

Rofe, Simon and Stewart, Andrew, eds. (2013) Diplomats at war. The American experience. Dordrecht: Republic of Letters.

Book Chapters

Rofe, Simon (2015) 'Franklin D. Roosevelt – 4th Time is a Charm: the 1944 Presidential Election.' In: Johnstone, Andrew and Priest, Andrew, (eds.), US Foreign Policy and American Presidential Elections. Lexington: University of Kentucky Press. (Forthcoming)

Rofe, Simon (2015) 'Pre-war and Wartime Planning.' In: Plesch, Dan and Weiss, Thomas G., (eds.), Past as Prelude? Wartime History and the Future United Nations. New York: Routledge. (Forthcoming)

Rofe, Simon (2014) 'Presidential Peacemaking: President George H.W. Bush and the End of the Cold War.' In: Morgan, Iwan and Cullinane, Michael and Elliot, Clare, (eds.), Ranking the Presidents. Oxford: Routledge. (Forthcoming)

Rofe, Simon (2014) 'End and Ends: the Cold War in International History at systemic and sub-systemic levels.' In: Luthi, Lorenz, (ed.), Nexus Years in the Cold War, Crucial Periods and Turning Points. Woodrow Wilson Centre & Stanford University Press. (Forthcoming)

Rofe, Simon (2014) 'Trust between Adversaries and Allies: President George H.W. Bush, Trust and the End of the Cold War.' In: Klimke, M., (ed.), Trust, but Verify: Transformation of the Cold War Order. Woodrow Wilson Centre & Stanford University Press. (Forthcoming)

Rofe, Simon (2012) 'Diplomatic Milestones, 1918 to 1945: History and Analysis of the Shift from Isolationism to Internationalism.' In: McMahon, Robert J. and Zeiler, Thomas W., (eds.), Guide to U.S. foreign policy a diplomatic history. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: CQ Press.

Rofe, Simon (2012) 'Europe As the Nexus for Roosevelt's International Strategy.' In: Thompson, John and Krabbendam, Hans, (eds.), America's Transatlantic Turn: Theodore Roosevelt and the "Discovery" of Europe. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Rofe, Simon (2011) 'The IR Model and E-moderating.' In: Salmon, Gilly, (ed.), E-moderating: the key to teaching and learning online. 3rd edition. London: Routledge Falmer.

Rofe, Simon (2011) 'Preparedness and Defense: The Origins of Theodore Roosevelt's Strategy for the United States on the International Stage.' In: Ricard, Serge, (ed.), A Companion to Theodore Roosevelt. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 78-93.

Rofe, Simon (2011) 'Something that works: the IR Model’s approach to technology.' In: Curtis , Steven and Rofe, Simon, (eds.), Does the Medium Matter? IT-Assisted Learning and Teaching in International Relations and Politics, C-SAP Why Social Science Matters, Issue 5. Birmingham: C-SAP.

Rofe, Simon (2010) 'Lord Lothian’s Ambassadorship in Washington August 1939-December 1940.' In: Roberts, Priscilla, (ed.), Lord Lothian and Anglo-American Relations, 1900-1940. Republic of Letters.

Rofe, Simon and Marshall, Alex (2009) 'An Abortive Special Relationship? - US-Russian Relations in the Post Cold War World.' In: Dumbrell, John and Schafer , Axel, (eds.), America's 'special relationships': foreign and domestic aspects of the politics of alliance. London; New York: Routledge.

Rofe, Simon (2009) 'Lord Lothian, 1939-40.' In: Hopkins, Michael and Kelly, Saul and Young, John, (eds.), The Washington Embassy: British ambassadors to the United States, 1939-77. Basingstoke; New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Rofe, Simon (2007) 'The United States Security Dilemma – a Nation at War.' In: Radoi, Mireille and Rofe, Simon, (eds.), My USA: views on American national security and foreign policy. Bucharest: Tritonic.


Rofe, Simon (2016) '"Strenuous Competition on the field of play, Diplomacy off it" – The 1908 London Olympics, Theodore Roosevelt, Arthur Balfour, and Transatlantic Relations.' Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, 15 . pp. 60-79.

Rofe, Simon (2014) 'It is a squad game: Manchester United as a diplomatic non-state actor in international affairs.' Sport in Society .

Rofe, Simon (2012) 'Pre-war Post-war Planning: The Phoney War, the Roosevelt Administration, and the Case of the Advisory Committee on Problems of Foreign Relations.' Diplomacy and Statecraft, 23 (2). pp. 254-279.

Rofe, Simon (2011) 'Isolationism and internationalism in transatlantic affairs.' Journal of Transatlantic Studies, 9 (1). pp. 1-6.

Rofe, Simon and Thompson, John (2011) ''Internationalists in Isolationist times' - Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt and a Rooseveltian Maxim.' Journal of Transatlantic Studies, 9 (1). pp. 46-62.

Rofe, Simon (2011) 'The ‘IR Model’: A Schema for Pedagogic Design and Development in International Relations Distance Learning Programmes.' European Political Science, 10 (1). pp. 103-117.

Rofe, Simon (2008) '“Under the Influence of Mahan”: Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt and their Understanding of American National Interest.' Diplomacy and Statecraft, 19 (4). pp. 732-745.

Rofe, Simon (2007) 'Prescription and Remedy: Lothian’s influence upon Anglo-American relations during the Phony War in The Round Table.' The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs, 96 (389). pp. 151-171.

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