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Sandra Scanlon

Lecturer/Assistant Professor
School of History
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University College Dublin, School of History, Newman Building Belfield Dublin 4

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Sandra Scanlon is a lecturer in American history in the UCD School of History and Archives. Sandra's research focuses on American political culture and its relationship with US foreign policy during the Cold War. She explores the intersection between political movements, most notably conservative activism, and developments in foreign policy ideologies. In particular, her research considers the extent to which conservative activists succeeded in utilizing American national identity and popular understanding of American exceptionalism to promote support for the Vietnam War and to challenge detente and Realpolitik in US foreign policy. Furthermore, she examines how domestic political cultures can shape policymakers' efforts to sell international initiatives to the American people. Her first book, The Pro-War Movement: Domestic Support for the Vietnam War and the Making of Modern American Conservatism, was published by the University of Massachusetts Press in 2013. Her article on this subject, 'The Conservative Lobby and Nixon's "Peace with Honor" in Vietnam,' was published by the Journal of American Studies in August 2009. Sandra is also interested in transatlantic relations during the Cold War and has co-edited a collection of essays, Reform and Renewal: Transatlantic Relations during the 1960s and 1970s (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009). Sandra is currently working on a study of the conservative movement, white identity, and American intersections with Africa during the Cold War. Sandra completed bachelor's and master's degrees at University College Dublin, and received her doctorate from Cambridge University, where she was the recipient of a Gates Cambridge Scholarship. She has since lectured and held fellowships at Oxford University, the University of Sheffield, University College Dublin and, most recently, at the London School of Economics. During 2013, she was a Fulbright Scholar at Emory University and during 2019-19 she is returning to teach at Emory as a Visiting Associate Professor.


  • Board Member, Clinton Institute for American Studies
    University College Dublin, Ireland1 Jun 2018


  • Lecturer in Twentieth Century United States History
    University of Oxford, United Kingdom1 Sep 2004 - 1 Aug 2005
  • Government of Ireland Post-Doctoral Fellow
    University College Dublin, Ireland1 Sep 2006 - 30 Sep 2008
  • LSE Fellow in International History
    Department of International History, London School of Economics, United Kingdom1 Sep 2009 - 31 Aug 2010
  • Lecturer in American History
    Department of History, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom1 Oct 2008 - 31 Aug 2009
  • Visiting Associate Professor
    Emory University, Department of History, United States30 Aug 2018 - 31 May 2019


  • BA
    University College Dublin
  • MA
    University College Dublin
  • PhD
    University of Cambridge