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Dr James D. Boys

Associate Professor of International Political Studies

Dr James D. Boys

Dr James D. Boys

Dr Boys’ academic career is dedicated to ensuring a greater appreciation of the history of the United States. He taught US Twentieth Century History for 3 years at the University of Birmingham and delivered similar courses examining aspects of US History at the University of Leicester and at De Montfort University.

Dr Boys has worked on Wall Street and Capitol Hill, experiences he brings to his courses, ensuring lively, research-led classes, full of empirical evidence. He employs innovative and engaging teaching methods and brings a high degree of energy to his classes. Along with Dr Keating he was instrumental in incorporating Policy Briefs as a form of assessment on a number of courses, an innovation that earned a favourable reaction from all concerned.

His regular work with the BBC, Sky and Aljazeera takes his research to over 100 million people in more than 140 countries. In 2010 Dr Boys was a Visiting Fellow at the University of North Dakota and he is currently a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at King’s College, London.

Dr Boys has produced a growing number of highly regarded publications that have been accepted for publication in Politics, the International Journal of Human Rights, American Politics Research, and the European Journal of American Studies. He has recently completed the second of two papers comparing Obama and Nixon’s use of Wars of Choice, and is finalising a paper on Coercive Diplomacy. His book, Clinton’s Grand Strategy, will be published shortly by Bloomsbury.

Faculty Research


Clinton’s Grand Strategy: US Foreign Policy in the Post-Cold War World (London: Bloomsbury, 2015)

‘JFK: The Exceptional Ideal?’ in JFK: History, Memory, Legacy: An Interdisciplinary Inquiry, edited by John Williams, Robert G. Waite and Gregory Gordon, (University of North Dakota Press, 2009)

‘E-Government: Big Brother of Athenian Democracy,’ with Hind Zantout, in Proceedings of the IADIS International Conference e-society 2009: Volume II, edited by Piet Kommers and Pedro Isaías, (Barcelona, Spain, 2009) pp 13-17.

Journal Articles

Boys, J. (2014) ‘Exploiting Inherited Wars of Choice: Obama’s Use of Nixonian Methods to Secure the Presidency,’ American Politics Research, September 42 (5), pp. 815-840.

Boys, J. (2012) ‘Lost Opportunity: The Flawed Implementation of Assertive Multilateralism, 1991-93’ European Journal of American Studies, December 2012

Boys, J. (2011) ‘What’s So Extraordinary About Rendition?’ International Journal of Human Rights, Volume 15, Issue 4. 2011

Boys, J. and Keating, M. (2009) ‘The Policy Brief: Building Practical Skills in International Relations and Political Science,’ with Michael Keating, in Politics, October 2009, Volume 29, Issue 3, October pp. 201-8.

Get in touch

Dr. Boys convenes classes on the undergraduate programmes in History, Politics and International Relations, as well as on the postgraduate International Relations programme

Some of the courses I teach:
INR 5400 – US Grand Strategy
PLT 5400 – Politics in the USA
INR 6415 – Foreign Policy Analysis
HST 4105 – Versailles To Vietnam: US & the World
PLT 3100 – Foundations of Politics

Research Clusters:
The Study of the State, Power and Globalisation

Research Interest & Expertise:

Dr. Boys’ work is focused on three specific themes in contemporary American political history. These are the interplay between domestic politics and foreign policy; the development of US Grand Strategy; and continuity and change in the American presidency. His continuing research into the Clinton administration will shortly see the publication of Clinton’s Grand Strategy, a deliberate attempt to explore the impact of individuals on policy at a key historical juncture. His research draws on primary material from the Clinton Presidential Library, the National Security Council and on interviews with members of the former administration, British politicians and those who covered the White House at the time.

Having worked with global media outlets since 2007, Dr Boys is a regular contributor to Sky News, Aljazeera English and the BBC, offering insight into US foreign and domestic politics. We maintains a website at and a twitter account @jamesdboys