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Dr James Callanan

Teaching Fellow (Modern American History) in the Department of History

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Jim Callanan specialises in the United States intelligence community and American foreign policy, most especially during the Cold War years. His book examines the performance of the Central Intelligence Agency’s covert action mission during the Truman, Eisenhower and Kennedy presidencies. Additional projects include research into US economic warfare during the period of the Marshall Plan.

Research Groups

Department of History

Research Interests

  • The American intelligence community
  • Twentieth century history of the United States
  • The Cold War
  • Modern military history


Authored book

  • (2009). Covert Action in the Cold War: US Policy, Intelligence and CIA Covert Operations. I.B. Tauris.

Chapter in book