Andrew Preston is the president of the Cambridge Institute on Religion & International Studies. He teaches American history at Cambridge University, where he is a Fellow of Clare College and editor of The Historical Journal. In addition to authoring over thirty scholarly articles, he has appeared on national television and radio in the United States and Canada and written for the Globe & Mail, Maclean’s, TLS, Boston Globe, Foreign Affairs, Politico, and History Today.
Preston is the author of the acclaimed study The War Council: McGeorge Bundy, the NSC, and Vietnam (Harvard, 2006) and co-editor of three additional books. His book Sword of the Spirit, Shield of Faith: Religion in American War and Diplomacy (Knopf, 2012) was a finalist for the Cundill Prize and winner of the 2013 Charles Taylor Prize. He is currently writing a history of the idea of national security. Preston serves on the editorial boards of History, Diplomatic History, Diplomacy & Statecraft, and on the executive council of the Society for Historians for American Foreign Relations.
News & Events
24th Apr 2018
CIRIS Graduate Research Associate Leor Zmigrod has published a paper on the psychological processes that give rise to nationalistic ideologies in the context of the United Kingdom’s 2016 EU Referendum. The research identified cognitive information processing styles that contribute towards support for Brexit and opposition to immigration and free movement of labour. Specifically, the findings […]
21st Feb 2018
In January 2018 CIRIS released a fascinating new report by Prof Chris Douglas on religion and fake news. The report explores the religious dimension of fake news in both Europe and the United States and offers recommendations for how policymakers and other leaders can fight back against faith-based fake news. Christopher Douglas teaches American literature and […]
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