Dr William Foster

Dr William Foster is Vice-Principal of Homerton, Cambridge University’s largest college. He has taught at Cambridge’s Faculty of History for ten years and also has extensive teaching experience in the US — most notably at the University of Pennsylvania and Cornell. He holds four advanced degrees and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. For much of his career he was concerned with the history of the British Empire, especially in relation to the United States. With his longtime collaborator Rosemary Grey he is now completing a book on the command and control of the British Empire as seen through the successive imperial careers one family: the Earls Grey of Northumberland — work that has been supported by the British Academy, the Leverhulme Trust, and the Isaac Newton Trust. Foster’s current research focuses exclusively on the history of secret intelligence and its impact on international relations. This includes a biography of Ray S.

Cline, the CIA’s Deputy Director for Intelligence during the Cuban Missile Crisis, who was also a crucial figure in US-China and US-British relations.

Dr Foster’s longer-term project concerns political controversies over the collection, coordination and use of secret intelligence by the European Union.