Simon Ball is Established Chair of International History & Politics at the University of Leeds. He leads a team of international historians with a wide range of expertise in the history of international relations and security.
His own work has concentrated on five interrelated themes: the international history of the Cold War; the international history of the Second World War; the legacy of the First World War; the global arms trade; and war, security & intelligence.
He is the editor-elect of War in History and sits on the editorial board of Intelligence & National Security. He has collaborated closely with BBC Radio 4’s award-winning Document series, and helped ZDF in Germany make historical documentaries which each been watched by around three million viewers each.