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Dr Patrick Andelic

Lecturer in American History

Department: Humanities

Patrick joined the Department of Humanities as Lecturer in American History in 2017 from Queen Mary University of London.

Patrick joined the faculty at Northumbria in 2017, having previously taught at Queen Mary University of London, the University of Oxford, and Ruskin College, Oxford. His research focuses on American party politics during the late twentieth century, and particularly on liberalism and political institutions. He is currently completing his first book, Donkey Work:  Congressional Democrats in Conservative America, 1974-1994, will be published with University Press of Kansas in 2019. In 2016, he was a Research Associate at the Rothermere American Institute, Oxford, where he produced two reports on American expatriate voters that were covered in the British, European, and U.S. media. Between 2011 and 2012, he was a British Research Council Fellow at the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. Tragically, he is making good progress on his life’s ambition of collecting one fridge magnet from every state in the U.S.

Campus Address

Lipman 328

0191 227 3727


  • MA (Hons) in History, Edinburgh, 2009
  • M.St. in U.S. History, Oxford, 2010
  • D.Phil. in History, Oxford, 2015

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Patrick is a scholar of twentieth century U.S. political history, and his research focuses on the Democratic Party, liberalism, and political institutions, particularly Congress. His forthcoming book, based on his doctoral thesis, explores various Democratic Party factions within the U.S. Congress who competed to shape their party’s public philosophy at a time when Republican conservatism seemed to be in the ascendant. He is interested in finding new and innovative ways to incorporate recent developments in political science into his own research and contributing to a fruitful and ongoing interdisciplinary conversation. 

Teaching Interests

Patrick contributes to the modules, From Sea to Shining Sea: United States History, 1776-2008, Making History, and Debating History, among others. In the past, he has taught modules on the twentieth century United States, Anglo-American conservatism, America through the eyes of foreign observers, free speech and censorship, grassroots movements, and the transatlantic civil rights movement. He is preparing modules on policing and protest in the modern U.S. and on American conservatism since the New Deal.

Key Publications

Donkey Work: Congressional Democrats in Conservative America, 1974-1994, University Press of Kansas, 2019, in press.

“‘The Old Economic Rules No Longer Apply’: The National Planning Idea and the Humphrey-Hawkins Full Employment Act, 1974-78,” Journal of Policy History, forthcoming, 2019.

Harry Truman and Postwar America, 1945-53, Connell Shorts Series, 2018.

[Symposium, co-edited with Louisa Hotson and Daniel Rowe] “Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s America: The Legacies of a Professor-Politician,” PS: Political Science and Politics, April 2017.

“Daniel Patrick Moynihan, the 1976 New York Senate Race, and the Struggle to Define American Liberalism,” The Historical Journal, 57:4, December 2014, 1111-1133

Current and recent projects

Patrick's next major project is a study of the congressional office of Rep. Henry Waxman, a liberal Democrat from California who served in the House of Representatives, 1975-2015. This project will explore the history of American liberalism and the Congress itself, from the 1970s to the present, bringing a range of vital but often overlooked actors into the study of political history (congressional staffers, bureaucrats, think tanks, lobbyists, activists, lawyers, academics, and citizens’ groups) and demonstrating how much consequential political action has taken place in the shadow of more dramatic events.

Funding Awards and Fellowships

  • Rothermere American Institute (RAI) One-Year Studentship, University of Oxford, 2013-14
  • British Research Council Fellow, John W. Kluge Center, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., October 2011 - March 2012
  • Arts and Humanities Research Council Block Grant Partnership Studentship, 2010-13

Affiliations and Memberships

  • American Politics Group (APG)
  • British Association of American Studies (BAAS)
  • Historians of the Twentieth Century United States (HOTCUS)


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