Professor Jon Roper received a BA honors degree in philosophy, politics and economics at St. Catherine’s College, Oxford, and a doctorate at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., before becoming a lecturer in the Department of Political Theory and Government at Swansea University, Wales. In 1996 he was made head of the Department for American Studies and was appointed professor of the department in 2005. He has a special interest in the presidency, the impact of war on politics and society, and Anglo-American political ideas.
Professor Roper is the author of The Contours of American Politics; The American Presidents: Heroic Leadership from Kennedy to Clinton; and Democracy and Its Critics: Anglo-American Democratic Thought in the Nineteenth Century. He has edited several books on American political history and contributed to many others.