Dr Simon Toner
Ph.D. (London School of Economics)
Lecturer in Modern American History
U.S. foreign relations history; Vietnam War; history of development
+44 (0)114 22 22563 | Jessop West 1.03
Semester Two 2018/19 Office Hours: Mondays 15:00-17:00
Simon Toner joined the Department of History in September 2016. He completed his PhD in International History at the London School of Economics in 2015 and has held postdoctoral fellowships in U.S. Foreign Policy and International Security at Dartmouth College and in Southeast Asian Studies at Columbia University. His teaching and research focus on the history of the United States in global and transnational perspective. In particular, he is interested in U.S. relations with the Global South since 1945, modern Vietnamese history, development, war and counterinsurgency, and political economy. His research has been supported by the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, the Institute for New Economic Thinking, the LBJ Foundation, and the Ford Presidential Foundation among others.
Simon is a historian of the United States and the world, focusing particularly on the history of development and the American War in Vietnam. His work examines how a diverse array of U.S. actors formulated and projected ideas about postcolonial development into the Global South after 1945 and how “Third World” actors received, renegotiated and sometimes resisted these ideas and projects. He explores these themes in his book manuscript, which he is currently completing. Based primarily on Vietnamese and American archival sources, the manuscript examines the final years of the American War in Vietnam as an episode in the history of global development. In particular, it shows how changes in global development thinking and practice in the late 1960s and 1970s shaped debates within and between the allied U.S. and South Vietnamese governments and had a decisive impact on the course and outcome of the war.
I am happy to supervise students focusing on any aspect of U.S. foreign relations, particularly those interested in the history of the Vietnam War, political economy, counterinsurgency, and U.S. development and nation-building projects in the Global South since 1945.
The Life and Death of Our Republic: Modernization, Agricultural Development, and the Peasantry in the Mekong Delta in the Long 1970s, in Leslie James and Elisabeth Leake eds., Decolonization and the Cold War: Negotiating Independence (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2015)
Current Administrative Duties