Zeitlyn Fellow and Tutor in History, Professor of International History

Academic Background

Professor Clavin studied at King's College London, obtaining a BA Hons in Modern History and her PhD. She was a Reader in Modern History at Keele University before joining Jesus College in October 2003. She is an editor of the Oxford History Monographs series, and serves on the editorial board of Past and Present. In 2008-09, she held the British Academy ‘Thank-Offering-to-Britain’ Senior Research Fellowship, and in 2015 was awarded a Major Research Fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust. She is a Fellow of the British Academy and the Royal Historical Society, and a Foreign Member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.

In 2015, Patricia was awarded the British Academy Medal, which recognises a ‘landmark achievement that has transformed understanding’ for her book Securing the World Economy: The Reinvention of the League of Nations, 1920-1946 (Oxford, 2013).

Undergraduate Teaching

Modern European and International History, 1789-1973; Modern British History; Historiography; History of the First and Second World Wars.

Postgraduate Teaching

She co-teaches, with Professor Paul Betts, an option course open to students on taught Masters in History entitled, ‘Europe in the Twentieth Century, 1914-1970: National, Transnational and International Histories’. She supervises graduate students working on the history of international relations between 1918 and 1970, with a particular focus on: the history of economic co-operation; international organizations (notably the League of Nations); and the foreign policies of Britain, the USA and Germany.

Research Interests

She has published widely on the history of international relations and economic crises, and her work has been translated into Spanish, Russian, German, Italian, Polish and French. Her most recent book, Securing the World Economy. The Reinvention of the League of Nations, 1920-1946 was published by Oxford University Press in 2013. For her efforts to promote work on the League of Nations, please see

Her new research project, supported by Tim Sanderson and the Calleva Foundation, uses the history of international and regional organizations to explore changing conceptions of security in the Twentieth Century. She has been awarded a Major Research Fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust, which funds a period of research until September 1918, to write a transnational and global history of European security in the Twentieth Century.

Her other books include: The Great Depression in Europe, 1929-1939 (London and New York, 2000; 2nd edn. 2014); The Failure of Economic Diplomacy. Britain, France, Germany and the United States, 1931-1936 (London and New York, 1996); Modern Europe, 1789 to the Present (London and New York, 1996 and second edition 2003), which she co-authored with Asa Briggs. She also co-edited Internationalisms. A Twentieth-Century History (Cambridge, 2016) with Glenda Sluga.

Please see Professor Clavin's personal web page for further details.


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