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Rebecca Stone

Associate Professor of US History

23/24 - Director of Student Experience (History and Politics)
Office: FAB 3.11 

Office Hours (23/24):

Tuesday, 11am-12pm

Friday, 10am-11am

About Me

My research focuses on the US presidency, with special attention to the intersection of personality and power. I focus on domestic policy including higher education policy in the mid-century US, with special attention paid to minority experiences. I also specialise in Cold War policies and consider how Cold War Foreign Policy impacts domestic policy and the lives of ordinary Americans. I am currently writing a book on US President Harry S. Truman's interest in and influence over the formation of education policy. I also research higher education pedagogies. In particular, I am researching the value of survey courses as a means to prepare students for the remainder of their degree programme, and how the sector can better embed digital pedagogies into learning and teaching.


  • History of the United States (HI111)
  • Making of the Modern World (HI153)
  • How Did We Get to Where We Are Today? A Political History of the Contemporary World (HI2K1-30)

  • Whiteness: An American History (HI3J9)
  • Themes and Approaches to the Historical Study of Gender and Sexuality (HI996)


  • PhD in History, University of Birmingham (September 2010 – December 2014). ‘Schooling for Success: The US Federal Government, the American Education System and the Cold War, 1947 – 1957’.
  • MPhil (Research) in American Studies, University of Birmingham (September 2009 - September 2010). 'The Feminine Mystake: Betty Friedan and the Dogma of Domesticity in 1950s America'.
  • BA (Honours) First Class in American Studies (September 2004 - July 2008).

Online Content

Appearance on Midlands TodayLink opens in a new window discussing women Presidents and the shocking result of the 2016 US Election.
BBC One, 9th November 2016.

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