University of Cambridge USA

By | 9th May 2017

University of Cambridge USA

University of Cambridge USA

A strong trans-Atlantic relationship is inherent in education and research at the University of Cambridge. In 2015-16, there are over 850 students from the USA studying at Cambridge. There are many long-standing exchange programmes between Cambridge Colleges and leading American universities. Cambridge in America helps the University and Colleges keep in touch with the 12,000 Cambridge alumni in the USA.

Cambridge is the UK’s leading university for graduate studies in American History. The Visiting Pitt Professorship and the Mellon Professorial Fund bring distinguished scholars from the USA to Cambridge. The American Studies Programme in the Department of Politics and International Studies focuses on the Anglo-American relationship.

Cambridge academics are involved in world-leading collaborations with American colleagues in every area of research. Partnerships range from research in diabetes with the Harvard Medical School to the University Library’s collaboration with the American Council of Learned Societies on the Darwin Correspondence Project.

Cambridge University Press opened an independent sales office in New York in 1949. In the six decades since, the North American Branch of CUP has grown to become one of the largest academic publishers in the USA.

American history at Cambridge

With ten permanent academic staff, a visiting Pitt Professor of American History and Institutions, three emeriti, and several junior research fellows in residence, Cambridge possesses one of the largest and most vigorous assemblies of scholars in American history outside of the United States.  The staff is strong across the entire span of American history, from the seventeenth century to the present, and from social, cultural, and borderlands history to the history of politics, political thought, and foreign relations.  The course on American History is one of the most popular of the undergraduate options in Part I of the Historical Tripos.  There is a thriving MPhil in American History, and a lively and diverse community of PhD students working on a broad range of topics. PhDs from the programme have been appointed to posts in US history throughout Britain.  The subject group is led by Gary Gerstle, Paul Mellon Professor of American History, who succeeded Professor Anthony Badger in this post in October 2014.