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Marc-William Palen

Lecturer and Research Associate

Marc-William Palen is a lecturer in imperial history at the University of Exeter and a research associate in U.S. foreign policy at the United States Studies Centre, University of Sydney.

Mr. Palen holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Texas at Austin. His research focuses on the history of globalization, U.S. foreign relations and the British Empire. He has published commentaries on history and policy in the New York Times, the Australian, the ABC, History & Policy, the History News Network, and Foreign Policy in Focus, among others.

Follow him on Twitter @MWPalen.

Articles by Marc-William Palen

How Mark Twain Became a Free Trader

The 1888 Great Debate over US trade policy inspired literary luminaries like Walt Whitman and Mark Twain to take sides.

August 17, 2016

When Protectionism Dominated American Politics

How the 1888 elections decided the protectionist course of U.S. economic expansion for decades to come.

August 16, 2016

Trump and the Return of American Economic Nationalism

How the nineteenth-century battle between free trade and protectionism shaped the global economic order.

July 30, 2016

Trade Secrets and the Return of the 99 Percent

What are the architects of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreements trying to keep secret?

September 26, 2013

Obama’s Atlantic Pivot

Would a transatlantic trade deal redefine the rules of global trade?

February 20, 2013