Alanna O’Malley has a PhD in History from the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence. Her dissertation examined Anglo-American relations at the United Nations during the Congo crisis from 1960-1964, viewing the UN in three forms as a public space in which nations could act, a socializing space and as an actor in its own right in the Congo. During her PhD, she was a Visiting Scholar at New York University and conducted research in the UN archives, the National Archives of the United States in Maryland and the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston, among other locations in North America.
She was appointed as the first Assistant Professor of International Studies in Leiden University in 2013.
In 2015 she was awarded the William Appleman Williams Junior Faculty Research Grant from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. She also won a research grant of €12,000 from the Gerda Henkel Foundation for a new project is entitled: ‘Internationalism and the End of Empire: The United Nations and the Rise of the Global South, 1945-1965.’ This research will form the basis of Dr. O’Malley’s second book project.
Her first book, 'The Diplomacy of Decolonisation, America, Britain and the United Nations during the Congo crisis 1960-1964' is forthcoming with Manchester University Press in 2017.