Edward Knudsen

Research Topic:

Gravedigger of the Present: Historical Memory and the Making of the Modern International Economic Order
International Relations Network
University College
DPhil International Relations

Patricia Clavin (Oxford University Department of History)
Edward Keene


Edward Knudsen is a doctoral researcher in international relations at the University of Oxford and an Affiliate Policy Fellow in European political economy at the Jacques Delors Centre in Berlin. His research focuses on the political economy and economic history of the US and Europe in the 20th century, specifically how the historical memory of economic events is constructed and deployed. Previously, he worked in the US and the Americas Programme at Chatham House think tank in London on projects which explored the future of transatlantic economic and security relations. He holds a Master’s in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Bachelor’s degree with majors in history and economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Governing Soft Power: A Comparative Study of External Cultural Policy
Forthcoming with Oxford University Press and co-authored by Helmut Anheier and Edward Knudsen, this book offers a data-based and comprehensive account of soft power approaches and strategies.

The 21st Century Trust and Leadership Problem, Quoi Faire?Policy Insight paper for Global Policy (2022).

The Weaponisation of the US Financial System: How Can Europe Respond? - Policy Paper for the Hertie School’s Jacques Delors Centre (2019)

Foreign Cultural and Educational Policy in International Comparison - Policy report for the German Foreign Office (2019)

The US in 2030 - Chatham House Research Paper for UK Foreign Office (2019)