LSE and the USA

These stories from LSE’s history explore the School’s relationship with the USA and American people and politics.

An American in London – Harold D Lasswell at LSE in 1923

Terhi Rantanen, Professor of Global Media and Communications paints a picture of the School in the 1920s through the eyes of Harold D Lasswell, an American PhD student and later the founder of comparative communication studies.

Harold D Lasswell (1902-1979), once a world-renowned political scientist and a founder of comparative communication studies, was also one of those US academics who […]

A London Lecturer at Barnard – Eileen Power and the USA

On Friday 16 March 2018 during the Singularity and Solidarity: Networks of Women at the LSE, 1895–1945  seminar, Rozemarijn van de Wal talked about her ongoing research into economic historian Eileen Power. After having found some new materials in American archives, she shared some of her initial findings in researching Eileen Power’s relationship with the United States of America.

Eileen […]

An American in London – Ralph Bunche at LSE

LSE Archivist Sue Donnelly introduces Nobel prize winner Ralph Bunche, who was the first black American to gain a PhD in political science. After achieving his doctorate at Harvard and teaching at Howard University, Ralph Bunche came to LSE to study anthropology under Bronislaw Malinowski during 1936-37. His later career spanned the United Nations and American civil rights movement […]

LSE in the American Century

There has long been has been an overlap between the history of LSE and the USA, often personified in well-known individuals like JFK and Rockefeller. In this episode of podcast series The Ballpark, LSE’s United States Centre uncovers the real relationship between Americans, London and LSE.


Professor Michael Cox, Director of LSE IDEAS, believes LSE has helped shape the United States, and in turn Americans have […]

Muhammad Ali at LSE, 10 October 1971

On 10 October 1971, Muhammad Ali took to the stage in front of a full house at LSE’s Old Theatre. LSE’s Hayley Reed finds out more.

His trip to London was part of a European and the Middle Eastern boxing tour, but he spoke to the audience at LSE about boxing, Black Power and politics.

This issue of the Beaver, the LSE Students’ Union […]

Eslanda Robeson – acting, activism, Africa and LSE

Following her review of Paul Robeson: the artist as revolutionary by Gerald Horne at the LSE Review of Books, Howard University’s Sherese R Taylor introduces the life of Eslanda Robeson, who studied at LSE in the 1930s.

Eslanda Cordozo Goode Robeson, also known as Essie, was an anti-racist, anti-colonialist, anti-capitalist, and feminist born in Washington, DC on 15 December 1895. She received a […]

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    LSE’s almost alumnus – John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963)

LSE’s almost alumnus – John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963)

On 7 October 1935 a young American filled in an admission application form and paid the £2 2 shillings registration fee and £31 10 shillings course fee to attend the one year General Course at LSE. He gave his address as Pondfield Road, Bronxville, New York but while in London Claridge’s Hotel was his contact address. His date of […]

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LSE – Rockefeller’s baby?

David Rockefeller celebrated his 100th birthday on 12 June 2015 and died on 20 March 2017. Professor Michael Cox discusses the trials and tribulations facing one of the heirs to the Rockefeller fortune during his socially eventful, politically educational, and intellectually important year at LSE between 1937 and 1938.
LSE’s American connection
Many famous Americans have studied at the School over its 120 […]

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    ‘Brilliant rhetoric’ – Malcolm X at LSE, 11 February 1965

‘Brilliant rhetoric’ – Malcolm X at LSE, 11 February 1965

On 11 February 1965 LSE’s Old Theatre was packed to listen to Malcolm X writes LSE Archivist Sue Donnelly; on 21 February he was murdered while preparing to address a meeting of the Organisation for Afro-American Unity in New York.

Malcolm X was born Malcolm Little in Omaha, Nebraska. After a difficult and disrupted childhood Malcolm X joined the controversial black […]