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Dr Robert Barnes studied for his undergraduate and Masters degrees in History at the University of Manchester. He then completed his PhD in International History at the London School of Economics. His doctoral research was supported by the LSE Research Studentship Scheme, the University of London Central Research Fund, a Royal Historical Society Postgraduate Research Support Grant, a Harry S. Truman Library Institute Research Grant, a Rajiv Gandhi Travelling Scholarship, a Gilchrist Educational Trust Travel Grant, and the Mercers' Company Educational Trust Fund. For the past two years Dr Barnes was the Masters Programmes Senior Tutor in the Department of International History at the LSE before joining York St John University.
Dr Robert Barnes' research focuses on the international history of the early Cold War, with a particular focus on the United Nations and the British Commonwealth. In 2014 Dr Barnes had a monograph published by I. B. Tauris on this subject entitled, The US, the UN and the Korean War: Communism in the Far East and the American Struggle for Hegemony in the Cold War. He has also recently published a chapter entitled ‘Britain and the Commonwealth’ in the Ashgate Research Companion to the Korean War and an article on India’s role in the Korean War in the Journal of Korean Studies.