Dr Thomas Mills

Lecturer in Diplomatic and International History

Research Overview

My research lies in the field of international relations in the twentieth century, with particular interests in US foreign policy towards Latin America and diplomatic relations between the US and Great Britain. My first book, Post-War Planning on the Periphery, explored Anglo-American relations in South America during the Second World War in the broader context of the post-war economic diplomacy undertaken by the wartime allies. My current research projects include a collaborative project exploring Anglo-American relations in Latin America throughout the 20th century; an exploration of the role of British and American business groups in economic diplomacy; and a project exploring Britain's emerging role in Latin America at the turn of the 21st century. I also have a side interest in the political and cultural significance of the 1960s British pop group, the Beatles.

Trump, Brexit and the Future of the 'Special Relationship'
Invited talk

Teaching Diplomacy using Mock-Negotiations
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

PPR Roundtable: Reflections on the US Presidential Election
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Clinton, Trump and the Futuer of US Foreign Policy
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Capitalists of the World Unite! British and American Business Groups and the Reconstruction of Multilateral Trade, 1941-1948
Participation in conference

Economic and Social Research Council (External organisation)
Membership of committee

The Electrification of the Central Brazilian Railway and British Interests in Latin America during World War II
Participation in conference

Jeremy Corbyn and the History of the Labour Party
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Journal of Transatlantic Studies (Journal)
Editorial activity

Lancaster University Student's Union History Society Talk
Public Lecture/ Debate/Seminar

The Outer Limits of the ‘Special Relationship’: Anglo-US Relations in Latin America during the Second World War
Participation in conference

British Industry and US-UK Economic Diplomacy during World War II
Invited talk

British Diplomacy in Latin America at the Turn of the 21st Century: A Witness Seminar
Public Lecture/ Debate/Seminar

Another side of 1964
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

British Industry and US-UK Economic Diplomacy during World War II
Participation in conference

Great Britain and the United States in Latin American in the Twentieth Century
Participation in conference

Reflections on the Arab Uprisings
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Anglo-American Economic Diplomacy Towards South America during the Second World War
Invited talk

What will the result of the American Election mean for US relations with the Middle East
Types of External academic engagement - Invited talk

  • Latin America Research Cluster