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My primary research interest is in social justice movements, the history of neoliberalism, and the history of capitalism in the late twentieth century United States. 

I completed my undergraduate studies at Goldsmiths College, University of London, and at UCL, where I completed a dissertation on the influence of the United States on the course of the Mexican Revolution. I then undertook an MA in history at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, specialising in the modern history of Japan and the Middle East. My MA dissertation attempted to draw parallels between American and Japanese understandings of modernity by examining the experiences of American intellectuals who travelled to Japan in the first decades of the twentieth century, and the observations that they made about Japanese culture, society, and politics. 

My PhD research explores political activism in the United States in the 1990s and the emergence of the Global Justice Movement.

I co-convene the Neoliberalism Reading Group at Cambridge and am currently involved in organising a series of events to mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising.

Other academic interests.

I am also interested in historical method, interdisciplinary approaches to historical questions, and the ways in which historians can contribute to contemporary intellectual debates about economic development and economic inequality, worker rights, consumption, the environment, social change, human rights, the moral status of animals, corruption, technology, and ethics. 

Department: History
Supervisor: Professor Gary Gerstle
College: Sidney Sussex
AHRC subject area: History
Title of thesis: Is Another World Possible? Social Justice and The Politics of Globalisation in the 1990s (Provisional)
 Richard  Saich