Dr. Charlie Laderman is senior lecturer in international history at the War Studies Department, King’s College, London (KCL). He is part of the core team responsible for directing the KCL Centre for Grand Strategy. Before joining KCL, he was a research fellow at Peterhouse, University of Cambridge, where he remains a senior research associate. In 2016–17, he was a Harrington Faculty Fellow at the University of Texas, Austin.
His latest book is Hitler’s American Gamble: Pearl Harbor and German’'s March to Global War (Basic Books, 2021). Cowritten with Brendan Simms, it explores the most crucial period in 20th-century diplomatic history, the five days between Japan’s assault on Pearl Harbor and Adolf Hitler’s declaration of war on the United States.
His first monograph, Sharing the Burden (Oxford University Press, 2019), explored the American and British response to the Armenian Genocide. It offers a window into America’s rise to great-power status, the decline of the British Empire, and the emergence of a new Anglo-American-led international order after World War I. It was awarded the Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era’s H. Wayne Morgan Prize in political history, and the Arthur Miller Institute Prize from the British Association for American Studies. It was short-listed for the Royal Historical Society’s Whitfield Prize in British History. He is also coauthor, with Brendan Simms, of Donald Trump: The Making of a Worldview (I.B. Tauris, 2017).
Laderman completed his undergraduate studies in history and politics at the University of Nottingham. He won the University of Cambridge’s Member’s History Prize for best MPhil dissertation before completing his PhD at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. During his PhD studies, he was a Fox International Fellow and a Smith Richardson Fellow in International Security Studies, both at Yale University, and an AHRC Fellow at the Kluge Center, Library of Congress.