Luc-André Brunet studied at Carleton University (Ottawa), Sciences Po (Paris), and l’Université Libre de Bruxelles before earning his PhD in International History at the London School of Economics. Before joining the Open University in 2016, Luc was Pinto Post-doctoral Fellow at LSE and Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute (Florence) and taught history at LSE and Queen Mary University of London. He has also held visiting fellowships at Sciences Po, LSE, and the University of Ottawa.
Broadly speaking, Luc’s research interests are in the international history of the twentieth century. He has a particular interest in Vichy France. His first monograph, Forging Europe: Industrial Organisation in France, 1940-1952, explores continuities from the Vichy regime to post-war France and the early stages of European integration. You can watch Luc discuss his book here. His current book project on Vichy deals with the regime’s foreign policy, specifically its diplomatic relations with the members of the British Commonwealth during the Second World War. This project draws on archives in France, the UK, Germany, the United States, Ireland, Canada, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand.
Luc’s other main research interest is the Cold War, with a focus on nuclear disarmament and arms control. He is Acting Director of the Cold War Studies Project at LSE IDEAS and Book Reviews Editor for the journal Cold War History. He is currently writing an international history of Canadian nuclear disarmament policies during the final decade of the Cold War, provisionally entitled Canada, Nuclear Weapons, and the End of the Cold War.
At the OU, Luc co-chairs the Research Group on War and Conflict in the Twentieth Century and coordinates the history department’s research seminar.
He welcomes PhD proposals on these themes and more broadly on twentieth-century Europe or contemporary international history.
Luc-André Brunet chairs the module Europe 1914-1989: War, Peace, Modernity (A327). He is also deputy chair of Empire, 1492-1975 (A326) and a member of the production team for a forthcoming interdisciplinary module, Discovering the Arts and Humanities (A111), for which he is also Accessibility Coordinator. He has also contributed teaching content to The British Isles and the Modern World, 1789-1914 (A225).
Luc is also Convenor of the PhD Programme in History.
Luc earned a Postgraduate Certicate in Higher Education from LSE and is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.