Dr. A.M. (Alanna) O'Malley

Position:
  • Assistant professor
Expertise:
  • History of the United Nations
  • Cold War history


Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 2785
E-Mail: a.m.omalley@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Institute for History, History and International Studies
Office Address: Johan Huizingagebouw
Doelensteeg 16
2311 VL Leiden
Room number 0.09c


Alanna O’Malley has a B.A. in History and English (2006) and an M.A. in the History of International Relations (2007) from University College Dublin. She then completed a PhD in History at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence from 2007-2012. Her dissertation examined Anglo-American relations at the United Nations during the Congo crisis from 1960-1964. The project examined how the United Nations headquarters in New York became a focal point for British and American foreign policies, as it was the crucible for the clashing of the process of decolonisation with the Cold War. The UN is viewed in three forms as a public space in which nations could act, a socializing space and as an actor in its own right in the Congo. During her PhD, she was a Visiting Scholar at New York University and conducted research in the UN archives, the National Archives of the United States in Maryland and the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston, among other locations in North America.

Before taking up a position as the first Assistant Professor of International Studies in Leiden, she worked as a part time Lecturer at the Lorenzo de’Medici International Institute in Florence, and as a Research Assistant for the Academic Careers Observatory of the Max Weber Postdoctoral Programme at the EUI.

In 2015 she was awarded the William Appleman Williams Junior Faculty Research Grant from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. She also won a research grant of €12,000 from the Gerda Henkel Foundation for a new project is entitled: ‘Internationalism and the End of Empire: The United Nations and the Rise of the Global South, 1945-1965.’ This research will form the basis of Dr. O’Malley’s second book project.

Her first book, ‘Not a Time for Pride or Prejudice, Anglo-American relations at the United Nations during the Congo crisis from 1960-1964,’ is forthcoming with Edinburgh University Press in 2016.

Last Modified: 10-12-2015