CfP - The Obama Administration: Perceptions and Encounters Beyond America

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Call for Publications
January 4, 2021
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Contemporary History, Political History / Studies, Political Science, Social History / Studies

Call for Papers for Edited Volume: Barack Obama’s historic 2008 election victory was met with widespread optimism and excitement in the United States and beyond. Scholars have assessed various aspects of Obama’s unlikely success in 2008 and his record as president. In recent years, the number of scholarly articles and books that examine Obama’s politics has grown significantly. Much of this work focuses on perceptions of and opposition to both President Obama and his administration. However, little attention has been given to President Obama’s engagement with audiences and world leaders beyond America’s borders with the exception of scholarship that considers pressing foreign policy concerns. Scholarship on Obama’s time in office and his impact and reception beyond the United States is still very much in its infancy. This edited volume seeks to address this deficit in existing scholarship by considering the state visits under Obama’s presidency and how Barack and Michelle Obama have been viewed internationally.


We invite papers that consider the following topics which may include but are not limited to:

  • Perceptions of Obama in the African Diaspora

  • Obama’s time in Ghana and South Africa

  • Obama and the Muslim World

  • The Special Relationship: Obama and the UK

  • Obama and Israel

  • Michelle Obama: Girls Education Initiative

  • Obama and America’s international interventions in post-conflict regions

  • Rebuilding America’s alliances


Please submit a 250-300 word abstract with a 50-100 word bio to the editors at: and by January 4, 2021.



Dr. Dawn-Marie Gibson is a Senior Lecturer in Twentieth-Century U.S. History in the Department of History at Royal Holloway, University of London.


Dr Rachel Pistol is a Researcher and Digital Historian in the Department of Digital Humanities at King’s College London.

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