Bard Faculty

Richard Aldous

Eugene Meyer Professor of British History and Literature

Academic Program Affiliation(s): Global and International Studies, Historical Studies, Victorian Studies

Academic Expertise: Historical Studies

Area of Specialization: Twentieth century history


Ph.D., University of Cambridge. Fellow, Royal Historical Society. Author and editor of 10 books, including Reagan and Thatcher: the Difficult Relationship; Macmillan, Eisenhower and the Cold War; The Lion and the Unicorn: Gladstone vs. Disraeli; and biographies of Malcolm Sargent and Tony Ryan. Taught for 15 years at University College Dublin, where he was chair of the History Department. Writes for publications including the New York Times and Irish Times, and is a regular contributor to television and radio on both sides of the Atlantic. Hosts a weekly global affairs podcast for The American Interest magazine in Washington D.C. Took up the Eugene Meyer Chair at Bard in 2010.


  • Research Interests: British and American politics; Anglo-American relations
  • Other Interests: History of English music


2013-08-30 — Publication
Tony Ryan: Ireland's Aviator (Gill and Macmillan) An Irish Times #1 non-fiction bestseller

2012-03-19 — Publication
Reagan and Thatcher: The Difficult Relationship (W.W. Norton). New York Times Editors' Choice Sunday Times Top nonfiction books Sunday Times Must Read Daily Beast Hot Read Publishers Weekly Starred Review Christian Science Monitor 15 Best Nonfiction Books of 2012


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Location: Aspinwall
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