Professor Mark White

Professor of History

Location Arts Two 2.09


Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 8376

During my postgraduate education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (MA) and Rutgers University (PhD), I came to focus on recent American history.

My research has taken me to the US National Archives, Library of Congress, and numerous presidential libraries.

I have taught at six universities in the US and Britain, and have worked at Queen Mary since 1999.


I started my career as a specialist in US foreign relations.  This has developed into a more general interest in the American presidency in the Cold War and the post-Cold War era.

My particular areas of interest include:

  • US foreign policy in the Cold War
  • Cuban missile crisis
  • US presidency since 1945
  • John F. Kennedy
  • The issue of character and leadership

The issue of image and leadership

Current PhD Students

  • Bob Green – Challenge and Crisis: The Carter Administration and Domestic Policy, 1977-81

Undergraduate teaching

Postgraduate teaching

Postgraduate supervision 

I welcome applications from candidates wishing to undertake doctoral research in the following areas:

  • The American presidency since 1945
  • US foreign policy since 1945


  • The Cuban Missile Crisis (1996)
  • Missiles in Cuba: Kennedy, Khrushchev, Castro and the 1962 Crisis (1997)
  • Kennedy: The New Frontier Revisited (1998)
  • The Kennedys and Cuba: The Declassified Documentary History (1999)
  • Kenneth Branagh (2005)
  • Against the President: Dissent and Decision-Making in the White House (2007)
  • The Presidency of Bill Clinton: The Legacy of a New Domestic and Foreign Policy (2012)