Rasmus Søndergaard

Postdoctoral Fellow

Research areas and keywords


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


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 Policy", is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press.

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

Recent research outputs

Rasmus Sinding Søndergaard, 2020 May, (Accepted/In press) Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Rasmus Sinding Søndergaard, 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Cold War Studies.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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

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