William Anthony Hay is an Associate Professor of History at Mississippi State University and a member of the Board of Editors of Orbis: FPRI’s Journal of World Affairs. A specialist in British History and International Relations, Hay has published in Albion and Diplomacy and Statecraft and given papers for the American Historical Association, the North American Conference of British Studies, and the Consortium on Revolutionary Europe, 1750-1850. The Southern Conference on British Studies elected Hay to its executive board in 2004, and he currently serves as its vice-president for program. He also coordinates a distinguished lecture series for Mississippi State’s Institute for the Humanities. In 2009 he was elected as a Fellow of Britain’s Royal Historical Society.
Hay’s first book, The Whig Revival, 1808-1830, examines the changes that brought the Whigs to power in 1830 through an alliance with provincial interests that dominated British politics until 1886. Hay’s current research on Britain during the transitional era from 1780 to 1840 builds on themes raised in The Whig Revival. Before joining Mississippi State, Hay directed a program on European politics and U.S. foreign policy at FPRI and worked with the Presidential Oral History Program at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center of Public Affairs.