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Professor Barbara Keys, Ph.D.

Professor (US History) in the Department of History

Contact Professor Barbara Keys (email at barbara.j.keys@durham.ac.uk)

Biography

Barbara Keys is a specialist in U.S. and international history. She began her teaching career in 2003 after receiving her PhD in History from Harvard University. Before coming to Durham, she taught at the University of Melbourne. She has been a visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of Law and Society at UC Berkeley, the Center for European Studies at Harvard, the Center for the History of Emotions at the Max-Planck-Institut für Bildungsforschung in Berlin, and the Leibniz-Institut für Europäische Geschichte in Mainz.

Her research and teaching areas include human rights, diplomacy, international relations, U.S. foreign relations, U.S. history, and the Cold War in global perspective. Many of her publications can be found at www.barbarakeys.com. She is the recipient of the 2010 Stuart Bernath Lecture Prize, awarded by the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, and the University of Melbourne's 2015 Woodward Medal in Humanities and Social Sciences for her book Reclaiming American Virtue. She was the 2019 President of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.

Professor Keys welcomes expressions of interest from prospective postgraduate students interested in the history of human rights, 20th century diplomacy, U.S. foreign relations, social movements, emotions, or international sport.

Research Groups

Department of History

Research Interests

  • Henry Kissinger and Sino-U.S. relations
  • History of diplomacy
  • History of emotions
  • History of human rights
  • History of international sport

Indicators of Esteem

  • 2019: President: President, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations

Publications

Authored book

Chapter in book

Edited book

Journal Article

Other (Print)

  • (2016). “The Kissinger Wars". American Historian. 10: 16-22.