Englisches Seminar

Dr. Thomas W. Gijswijt

Associate Professor of American Studies

Thomas Gijswijt joined the American Studies department in 2012. He received his PhD in American History at the University of Heidelberg and previously taught at the University of Nijmegen in the Netherlands. He is the author of Informal Alliance. The Bilderberg Group and Transatlantic Relations during the Cold War, 1952-1968 (Routledge, 2018) and is an expert on American foreign policy, transatlantic relations during and after the Cold War and US politics and presidential elections. He is a frequent commentator for the leading Dutch foreign affairs journal Internationale Spectator and has been interviewed on ZDF Heute, Deutschlandfunk, SWR Info, MDR Aktuell, SWR 2, Radio 1 (Dutch national public radio), and a number of local tv and radio broadcasters.

Address: Wilhelmstr. 50, 72074 Tübingen
Office: Room 560
Phone: (+49) (0)7071-29-72357
Email: thomas.gijswijtspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de


US elections; Guns and Gun Control, Conspiracy theories in American history; the 1960s in America; the American Presidency; US foreign policy and transatlantic relations.


Informal Alliance. The Bilderberg Group and Transatlantic Relations during the Cold War, 1952-1968 (Routledge, 2018)

" The Kennedy Administration, Alliance Politics and Informal Diplomacy during the Transatlantic Crisis of 1962/63," in: Johannes Großmann and Helene Miard-Delacroix (eds.), Deutschland, Frankreich und die USA in den 'langen' 1960er Jahren. Ein transatlantisches Dreiecksverhältnis, Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 2018, pp. 147-163. 

"Der demografische Wandel in den Vereinigten Staaten und die Zukunft der Obama Koalition," in: Michael Butter, Astrid Franke and Horst Tonn (eds.), Von Selma bis Ferguson - Rasse und Rassismus in den USA, Bielefeld: transcript Verlag, 2016, pp. 127-138.

"De Verenigde Staten en de Mondiale Orde," Internationale Spectator, 70, April 2016, Web.

“Yes We Scan!: de NSA-affaire en de Duitse buitenlandse politiek,” Internationale Spectator, 68, April 2014, pp. 33-36.

“Het Trans-Atlantische Vrijhandelsverdrag: Een economische NAVO?,” Internationale Spectator, 67, May 2013, pp. 2-6.

“The Bilderberg Group and the end of the Cold War: the Disengagement Debates of the 1950s,” in: Frédéric Bozo et al. (eds.), Visions of the End of the Cold War in Europe, 1945-1990, New York, Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2012, pp. 30-43.

“The Decline of the West? Transatlantic Relations in the Age of Obama,” in Scott-Smith, Giles (ed.) Obama, US Politics, and Transatlantic Relations Change or Continuity? Bruxelles, Bern, Berlin, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Wien: Peter Lang, 2012, pp. 77-86.

“Obama’s buitenlandse politiek en de verkiezingen: is it the economy, stupid?” Internationale Spectator, 66, October 2012, pp. 474-476.

“Obama, Romney en de erfenis van George W. Bush,” Atlantisch Perspectief, Nr. 7., 2012.

“Obama en Bush vergeleken: ‘Perhaps We Can?’,” Internationale Spectator, 66, February 2012, pp. 95-98.

"Informal Governance and the Rome Treaties," in Thomas Christiansen and Christine Neuhold (eds.), International Handbook on Informal Governance, Cheltenham, UK, Northhampton, USA: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2012. 412-431.

"Running for President of the West: Kennedy’s European Trip in June 1963," in Valerie Aubourg and Giles Scott-Smith (eds.), The Atlantic Community and the European Idea from Kennedy to Nixon, Paris: Soleb, 2011. 152-172.

"De Trans-Atlantische elite en de Nederlandse buitenlandse politiek sinds 1945," in Duco Hellema, Mathieu Segers and Jan Rood (eds.), Bezinning op het Buitenland. Het Nederlands buitenlandse beleid in een onzekere wereld, Den Haag: Nederlands Instituut voor Internationale Betrekkingen Clingendael, 2011. 31-46.

"The Bilderberg Group and Dutch-American Relations," in Hans Krabbendam, Cornelis A. van Minnen and Giles Scott-Smith (eds.), NL-US. Four Centuries of Dutch-American Relations, Amsterdam: Boom, 2009. 808-818.

Entries "The Multilateral Force" and "The Harmel Report," in Ruud van Dijk (ed.), Encyclopedia of the Cold War, London and New York: Routledge, 2008.

"Beyond NATO: Transatlantic Elite Networks and the Atlantic Alliance," in Andreas Wenger, Christian Nuenlist, and Anna Locher (eds.), Transforming NATO in the Cold War. Challenges Beyond Deterrence in the 1960s, London and New York: Routledge, 2007. 50-63.


Rimko van der Maar and Hans Meijer: Herman van Roijen (1905-1991). Een diplomat van klasse, Amsterdam: Boom & Sun 2013, Sehepunkte 15, 2015, Nr. 3, http://www.sehepunkte.de/2015/03/24074.html.

Robert Vanderlan, Intellectuals Incorporated. Politics, Art, and Ideas Inside Henry Luce’s Media Empire and Alan Brinkley, The Publisher. Henry Luce and His American Century, in: Tijdschrift voor Tijdschriftstudies, Nr. 31, 2012.

Ronald Havenaar, Eb en Vloed. Europa en Amerika van Reagan tot Obama, in: Tijdschrift voor Geschiedenis, 2011.

Hans Veldman, John F. Kennedy. De Geschiedenis van een Imago, in: Openbaar Bestuur. Tijdschrift voor Beleid, Organisatie en Politiek, Nr. 6/7, June/July 2010.

Thomas Adam (ed.), Germany and the Americas: Culture, Politics, and History, H-German, H-Net Reviews, May, 2006.

Alexander Stephan (ed.), Americanization and Anti-Americanism: The German Encounter with American Culture after 1945, H-German, H-Net Reviews, November, 2005.

John A. McCarthy, Walter Grünzweig and Thomas Koebner (eds.), The Many Faces of Germany: Transformations in the Study of German Culture and History--Festschrift for Frank Trommler, H-German, H-Net Reviews, February, 2005.

David Calleo, Rethinking Europe’s Future, Columbia Historical Review, Winter 2002.


"Die Zukunft der Obama Koalition," Studium Generale Lecture in the American Studies Series From Selma to Ferguson, February 3, 2016

Student Workshop "Anti-Americanism" with U.S. Ambassador John. B. Emerson, July 21, 2015 (organization and introduction)

"Position of Strength? The Bilderberg Group and Anti-Communism during the 1960s." Conference: Transatlantic Studies Association, Roosevelt Study Center, Middelburg, Netherlands, July 6-8, 2015.

“Family Affairs at Lake Como: Informal Diplomacy and NATO’s Nuclear Question, 1959-1963,” Conference: Transatlantic Studies Association, Ghent, Belgium, July 7-10, 2014

“Transnational Networks and Informal Governance: The Case of the Monnet Committee and European Integration,” Conference: Reframing History. New Diplomatic History in the Benelux and Beyond, Leiden, September 6-7, 2013.

“Kennedy in Berlin,” Invited Lecture, Atlantische Akademie, Kaiserslautern, June 25, 2013.

“Ich bin ein Berliner – Kennedy in Germany: Between Myth and Reality,” Lecture, German American Institute, Tübingen, June 20, 2013.

“Wikileaks and the Informal Dimension of Dutch-American Relations,” Historians of the Twentieth Century United States Annual Conference, Roosevelt Study Center Middelburg, June 20-22, 2012.

“The United States and Democratization during the Cold War,” Atlantic Association Conference: Democracy as an Export Product? Zwolle, April 18, 2012.

“The Republican Primaries,” Invited Lecture and Debate, SIB, Leiden University, February 29, 2012.

“Crossing the Atlantic: American Presidents in Europe,” NASA Conference American Borders, Radboud University Nijmegen, November 25, 2011.

“Obama’s Foreign Policy,” Invited Talk and Debate, SIB Amsterdam, November 16, 2010.

“A New Beginning? Current Trends in Transatlantic Thought,” Conference: The Obama Effect. Transatlantic Perspectives Past and Future, Roosevelt Study Center, Middelburg, October 27-29, 2010.

“De Bilderberg Groep en de Transatlantische Betrekkingen,” Studygroup Diplomatic History, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Hague, September 29 (invited lecture), 2010.

“De NAVO en de Nederlandse Buitenlandse Politiek,” Utrecht University, June 18, 2010.

“Obama’s First Year,” ISMUS, Radboud University Nijmegen, April 22, 2010.

“President Obama en de Amerikaanse Buitenlandse Politiek,” Lecture Series Actuele Vraagstukken van Oorlog en Vrede, CICAM, Radboud University Nijmegen, March 19, 2010.

“The Political History of European Integration,” Invited Lecture, Research Master in European Studies, Maastricht University, September 7, 2009.

“Informal Diplomacy and Dutch-American Relations in the 1960s,” Annual Conference Transatlantic Studies Association, Canterbury Christ Church University, July 13-16, 2009.

“An American West? John F. Kennedy’s Trip to Germany,” Conference: The Transcultural Atlantic: Constructing Communities in a Global Context, Heidelberg Center for American Studies, Heidelberg, May 15-16, 2009.

“Barack Obama: President van een Nieuw Amerika?,” Invited Talk, HOVO Annual Meeting, Nijmegen, April 22, 2009.

“Transnational Elite Networks and European Integration,” Invited Talk, Research Group Political Culture in Europe, Maastricht University, December 10, 2008.

“U.S. Foreign Policy since 1945,” Lecture, United Netherlands (Preparation for the Harvard National Model United Nations 2009), December 5

Debate: McCain vs. Obama, Groningen, October 28, 2008.

Chair Panel “Trust and Elections”, ASSET Conference, Tilburg, September 25, 2008.

“The Bilderberg Group and the End of the Cold War: the Disengagement Debate in the 1950s,” Conference: Overcoming the Iron Curtain: Visions of the End of the Cold War in Europe. Organized by the Universities of Paris I - Panthéon-Sorbonne and Paris III - Sorbonne Nouvelle in cooperation with the Bundeskanzler Willy Brandt Stiftung, CIMA, LSE Cold War Studies Centre, and The Johns Hopkins University, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Bologna Center. Paris, June 12-14, 2008.

“Transatlantic Elites during and after the Cold War,” Investigative Workshop: New Directions in the History of Transatlantic Politics, Culture, and Society, European Union Center for Excellence, University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA. March 12-14, 2008.

“Transatlantic Elites and the Protest Movements in the 1960s: the Case of the Bilderberg Group,” Conference: The ‘Establishment’ Responds: The Institutional and Social Impact of Protest Movements During and After the Cold War, Heidelberg Center for American Studies, Heidelberg, November 22-24, 2007.

“The 1963 Transatlantic Crisis and Kennedy’s Trip to Europe,” Conference: Atlantic, Euratlantic, or Europe-America? The Atlantic Community and the European Idea from Kennedy to Nixon, Roosevelt Study Center, Middelburg, September 20-21, 2007.“The Bilderberg Group and the Gaullist Challenge to NATO,” SHAFR 2007, Panel 27, Reston, Virginia, USA, June 20-24.

“The Bilderberg Group and the Rome Treaties: Transnational Elites and the Debate on European Unity in the 1950s,” HEIRS Colloquium: European Voices: Actors and Witnesses of European Integration, Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva, March 16-17, 2007.

“The Bilderberg Group and the Atlantic Alliance,” Kolloquium American History, Heidelberg University, Oberflockenbach, March 16, 2006.

Invited Talk, Forschungskolloquium (Professor Jost Dülffer), History Department, University of Cologne, April 25, 2005.

“Eine Transatlantische Elite?,” Kolloquium, Institute for European History, Mainz, January 11, 2005.

“An Atlantic Partnership? The Bilderberg Group and the Debate on NATO’s Future, 1961-66,” Conference: NATO in the 1960s: Challenges beyond Deterrence, Center for Security Studies, ETH, Zurich, August 26-28, 2004.

“American Hegemony in Western Europe? The role of the Bilderberg Group, 1954-1966,” Conference on International History: Empires and Imperial Control, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA, March 19-20, 2004.