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Dr Michael Patrick Cullinane

Senior Lecturer in History; Director of Distance Learning

Contact details:
Department of Humanities
Northumbria University
Lipman Building, room 330
Newcastle upon Tyne
phone: +44 (0) 191 227 4606
fax: +44 (0) 191 227 3696


Born and raised in New Jersey, Michael has studied American foreign policy and transatlantic relations since 2001. He has taught and researched at University College Cork (National University of Ireland) on US history in the Progressive Era and Cold War before coming to Northumbria. His current book, Liberty and American Anti-Imperialism, 1898-1909 explores the history of opposition to early twentieth century American foreign policy.  Although living on this side of the “pond” for some time, Michael is a stalwart baseball fan and still cannot grasp score-less sports.


PhD, University College Cork, 2010
MA, University College Cork, 2006
BA, University College Cork, 2002

Teaching Interests

Michael teaches on a wide range of survey and specialist modules, including:

Research Interests

Michael’s current research interests are in the history of the United States and transatlantic relations in the early twentieth century, including cultural elements of diplomacy and statecraft, Anglo-American relations and the life and times of Theodore Roosevelt. He is currently working on an explanation for presidential statues in London’s sacred spaces, and a history of Theodore Roosevelt after his death.

Research Students

Michael welcomes enquiries from students considering postgraduate research in the research areas outlined above.   

Affiliations and Memberships

Reviews Editor, Journal of Transatlantic Studies

Management Committee, Transatlantic Studies Association

Member, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations

Member, Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era

Member, American Historical Association

Member, British Association of American Studies

Member, Theodore Roosevelt Association (Advisory Board - Class of 2015)

Treasurer, Transatlantic Studies Association

Member, Historians of the Twentieth Century United States

Member of Northumbria University US History Research Group

Member of Northumbria University Histories of Activism Research Group

 Awards and Fellowships

2013: North American Studies Fellow (2013), Eccles Centre at the British Library

2012: 2012/13 William Dearborn Fellowship in American History at Harvard University


Liberty and American Anti-Imperialism (New York and London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012).

[as editor with David Ryan], The ‘Other’ in US History and Foreign Policy (Forthcoming).

[editor with Clare Elliott], Perspectives on Presidential Leadership: An International View of the White House (New York and London: Routledge, forthcoming).

Chapters and Articles:
"Theodore Roosevelt in the Eyes of the Allies," Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era (forthcoming).

"The 'Gentlemen’s' Agreement: Exclusion by Class," Immigrants and Minorities, 32, no. 3 (January, 2014).

'The 1920 Election and the Harding Compromise: Forgetting Progressivism and Internationalism while Remembering TR', L’héritage de Théodore Roosevelt: Impérialisme et Progressismeed, 1912-2012, eds. Serge Ricard and Claire Delahaye (Paris: L’Harmattan, 2012).

‘Imperial “Character”: How Race and Civilization Shaped Theodore Roosevelt’s Imperialism,’ America’s Transatlantic Turn: Theodore Roosevelt and the ‘Discovery’ of Europe, eds. Hans Krabbendam and John M. Thompson (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012).

‘The Legacy of Theodore Roosevelt through Motion Pictures, 1919-2009,’ A Companion to Theodore Roosevelt, ed. Serge Ricard (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011).

‘Transatlantic Dimensions of the Anti-Imperialist Movement, 1899-1909,’ Journal of Transatlantic Studies, Vol. 8, No. 4 (December, 2010).

‘Invoking Teddy: The Inspiration of John McCain’s Foreign Policy,’ Diplomacy and Statecraft, Vol. 19, No. 4 (December, 2008).

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