Rasmus Sinding Søndergaard

affiliated with the university

Research areas and keywords


  • Human Rights, US Foreign Policy, Cold War, Democracy Promotion, Scandinavia, United Nations, Transatlantic Relations, Economic Inequality, Diplomacy


I am postdoc at Human Rights Studies and the Department of History, working on a project funded by a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship. The project examines how and why the Scandinavian countries used socio-economic human rights in their diplomacy at the United Nations from 1970 to 2000.

A historian by training, my research interests lie within the fields of US foreign policy, human rights history, and transatlantic relations. In particular, my research has focused on the role of human rights in US foreign relations in the late Cold War. My book "Reagan, Congress, and Human Rights: Contesting Morality in US Foreign Relations" is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press.

For more about my research, please see: www.rasmussoendergaard.com/research

Recent research outputs

Rasmus Sinding Søndergaard, 2019, The Reagan Administration, the Cold War and the Transition to Democracy Promotion. Pee, R. & Schmidli, W. M. (eds.). Palgrave Macmillan, p. 31-50 (Security, Conflict and Cooperation in the Contemporary World).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapter

Rasmus Sinding Søndergaard, 2019, In : Journal of Contemporary History. 54, 1, p. 236-238

Research output: Contribution to journalReview (Book/Film/Exhibition/etc.)

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