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Dr Tom Arnold-Forster

  • College positions:

    Research Fellow

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BA and MPhil, Cambridge

Research interests

I study modern American history. My current research explores the intellectual history of democracy in the early twentieth century, with a particular focus on debates about public opinion and mass society, and with a particular interest in the political thought of the prominent journalist Walter Lippmann. I have also worked on midcentury literary culture, and on the history of jazz.


In the Historical Tripos, I mostly teach Paper 24 of Part I: the History of the United States since 1865. I have also taught Papers 1 and 5 of Part II: Historical Argument and Practice, and Political Philosophy and the History of Political Thought since c. 1890.


"Democracy and Expertise in the Lippmann-Terman Controversy," Modern Intellectual History (forthcoming).
"Dr. Billy Taylor, 'America's Classical Music,' and the Role of the Jazz Ambassador," Journal of American Studies 51/1 (2017): 117-39.