School of History


George Conyne was born and raised in the United States where he took his undergraduate degree in History and a Law degree.  He came to England to write a PhD and a book, Woodrow Wilson: British Attitudes, 1912-1921 soon followed.

Since coming to Kent his research, writing, supervision and teaching interests have widened to include American history, American society generally, and 20th century British diplomatic history.  In particular, his interests include American constitutional, political and diplomatic history as well as the founding of the nation, the American Civil War, the Progressive Era, the Civil Rights Era, and contemporary political history.  He has been regular commentator on radio and television, has been active in the British Association for American Studies and is currently helping to launch the professional organisation Historians of Twentieth Century United States.

Dr Conyne’s teaching reflects these interests. He offers modules on the Civil War, Anglo-American Relations, and the history of that astonishing and fascinating institution, the United States Supreme Court.  He has supervised on the Suez Crisis, the San Antonio school funding case, various aspects of the Civil War, Anthony Eden as foreign secretary,  the U.S. Constitution’s Establishment clause, Second World War music, the Standard Oil case, and recent American political controversies including abortion and Bill Clinton’s management style.

Dr Conyne’s interests include travel, the increasingly lost art of conversation, theatre, umpiring cricket, film, American football, Latin American affairs, and understanding the peculiar course of diplomacy and politics in the contemporary United States and United Kingdom.

Contact Information


Room N3.W2
Rutherford College
University of Kent

Office Hours By appointment

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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Conyne, G. (2008). The Canon of American Legal Thought. Journal of American Studies [Online] 42:372-373. Available at:
Conyne, G. (1999). Heart versus head: Judge-made law in nineteenth century America. Journal of American Studies 33:542-543.
Conyne, G. (1999). The rope, the chair, and the needle: Capital punishment in Texas, 1923-1990. British Journal of Criminology 39:465-467.
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School of History, Rutherford College, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NX

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Last Updated: 07/09/2016