The Monroe Group: University of Reading Interdisciplinary Research Network for the study of Politics in the Americas  


Dr Madeleine Davies writes:

Staff and research students are invited to attend the University of Reading’s new interdisciplinary research network launch event on 2 May, 2017.

The Vice-Chancellor, Sir David Bell, will launch the network and introduce the keynote speaker, Professor Andrew Rudalevige (Bowdoin College). This will be followed by a one-day conference on President Trump’s first 100 days.


Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the Treasure Island Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada June 18, 2016. REUTERS/David Becker – RTX2GYKG


The network is led by Dr Mara Oliva (Department of History), and Dr Mark Shanahan (Department of Politics); Dr Madeleine Davies (English Literature) is also involved in the planning and organisation of the Network which is designed to encourage dialogue between scholars in the arts, humanities, social sciences and sciences working on all aspects of politics in the American continent. It has been developed in response to a recent expansion of staff and student recruitment working in the field of US and Latin American politics at the University of Reading.

The Monroe Group will be home to existing UoR researchers and PhD students working in this area and will facilitate new collaborative projects, research grants applications and teaching development across all disciplines.


As part of its creation, you are invited to attend the launch event, ‘Trump’s First 100 Days’ on May 2nd. The link is below.


DEL colleagues may also be interested in two other political events this term: on Tuesday 25th April, Douglas Carswell will be speaking in the Van Emden Lecture Theatre, 5-7pm (organised by Dr Mark Shanahan in the Department of Politics), and on Thursday June 1st we welcome Jess Phillips MP to the University. She will be speaking in the Van Emden Lecture Theatre between 6-8pm on June 1st (organised by Dr Madeleine Davies). To reserve a place at either event, go to

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Associate Professor in the Department of English Literature at the University of Reading. Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
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