Dr James D. Boys
Associate Professor of International Political Studies
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.
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.
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.