2017

Oliver Elliott

Historian, United Kingdom

From 15 to 18 May 2017

Biography —

Historian of the United States, with a particular focus on the connections between journalism, public opinion and foreign policy. He completed a PhD at the London School of Economics in early 2017 which looked at how the American press covered the rise of authoritarianism in South Korea, a key U.S. ally, during the Cold War. He is interested in the history of the ideal of journalistic objectivity and the role of dissenting narratives within the American media system. He has previously worked as an editor and researcher for several London-based think tanks and the UK government’s media monitoring unit.

Project —

During my time at the residency I intend to work on turning my PhD thesis into a book. The thesis explores the moment after World War Two, when American journalism shifted from the era of World War Two idealism to Cold War pragmatisme, and argues that the Korean War played a significant role in this transition. I hope that through conversations and debates with fellow residency attendees, I can find themes and frameworks that will make the book relevant to contemporary debates about the role of journalism in society.