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


Campaigning Culture and the Global Cold War: The Journals of the Congress for Cultural Freedom (ed. with Charlotte Lerg) Palgrave 2017

Western Anti-Communism and the Interdoc Network: Cold War Internationale Palgrave 2012

Networks of Empire: The U.S. State Department’s Foreign Leader Program in the Netherlands, France, and Britain 1950-70 Peter Lang 2008

The Politics of Apolitical Culture: The Congress for Cultural Freedom, the CIA, and Post-war American Hegemony Routledge 2002