Call for SHAFR Nominations

SHAFR’s Nominating Committee is soliciting nominations for elected positions.

The 2014 elections will fill the following positions:
Vice Presidency (1 vacancy)
Council members (2 vacancies)
Graduate Student Representative to Council (1 vacancy)
Nominating Committee (1 vacancy)
Please submit nominations to the members of the Nominating Committee no later than July 10, 2014. Nominations must include the nominee’s name, email address, institution (if applicable), and a statement of the nominee’s qualifications. Self-nominations are encouraged. It is helpful to indicate whether you have contacted the nominee about his or her willingness to serve.
Committee members:
Michael Allen (chair)
Northwestern University
Email: [email protected]

Kelly Shannon
Florida Atlantic University
Email: [email protected]

Barbara Keys
University of Melbourne
Email: [email protected]

Research Guide for SHAFR 2014 Attendees

The University of Kentucky Libraries has created a research guide to aid SHAFR 2014 attendees. Foreign Relations: A Guide to Unique Holdings [link to:] details the primary source material in the UK Libraries that may be of interest, including the Scott/Greenslade Collection, which houses Russian-language journals, books, maps, and posters from the Soviet era, and the Nunn Center for Oral History, which focuses on Kentucky history, black history, the experience of Kentucky war veterans, the history of Appalachia, and much more. Please visit the research guide for more details, to contact a librarian, or to arrange a tour.

SHAFR reception at the OAH annual meeting in Atlanta (March 13, 2014)

At the annual meeting of the Organization of American Historians, SHAFR hosted a cash bar in honor of Fredrik Logevall celebrating the awarding of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in History to Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America’s Vietnam.  The reception was from 5:30-7:30 pm on Friday, April 11 in the Hilton Atlanta.  Former President Mark Bradley paid a brief tribute to Professor Logevall at 6:00 pm.  Professor Logevall signed complimentary copies of Embers of War during the reception.

LaFeber Receives 2013 AHA Award for Scholarly Distinction

SHAFR founding member and former president received the American Historical Association’s Award for Scholarly Distinction at the AHA Awards Ceremony on Thursday evening, January 2.


SHAFR hosted the following events at the annual meeting of the American Historical Association in Washington, DC, in January 2014:

  • SHAFR Reception (cash bar)
    Friday, January 3, 2014: 6:30 PM-8:30 PM
    Marriott Wardman Park, Wilson Room B
  • SHAFR Luncheon
    Saturday, January 4, 2014: 11:30 AM-1:30 PM
    Marriott Wardman Park, Maryland Suite C

The luncheon will feature the 2014 Stuart L. Bernath Memorial Lecture:

“Monsters Everywhere: A Genealogy of National Security”
Andrew Preston, Cambridge University

The luncheon will also include the awarding of the Stuart L. Bernath Dissertation Research Grant, the W. Stull Holt Dissertation Fellowship, the Lawrence Gelfand – Armin Rappaport – Walter LaFeber Dissertation Fellowship, the Samuel Flagg Bemis Dissertation Research Grants, the William Appleman Williams Junior Faculty Research Grants, the Michael J. Hogan Foreign Language Fellowship, and the Stuart L. Bernath Lecture Prize.)

Tickets ($40) are available via the AHA registration process.

  • AHA-SHAFR Co-Sponsored Session #249: “New Perspectives on American “Internationalism” and “Isolationism” from World War II to the Cold War”

Sunday, January 5, 2014: 11:00 AM-1:00 PM
Washington Hilton, Columbia Hall 11

World War I Centennial

SHAFR members interested in World War I are encouraged to take note of organizing meeting to be held on June 14, 2014 in Washington by the United States World War One Centennial Commission.  See here for details:


National Archives at College Park- Weekly Consultation Hour with Specialist in Foreign Affairs Records

National Archives at College Park. As you plan your research visits to the National Archives, please note that a specialist in foreign affairs records is available for consultation on site in the Archives II Textual Research Room every Tuesday morning from 9AM to 10AM. Reference staff is available in the Research Room from 9AM to 5PM Monday to Friday, except federal holidays. The FAQ at provides guidance for preparing for a research visit.

CFP- Sixth Annual European Summer School on Cold War History at the Università di Trento, 4-6 September 2014

Flyer in PDF Format

Università di Trento, LSE IDEAS-Cold War Studies Programme, European University Institute, Università Roma Tre, Universität Wien, Istituto Italiano di Scienze Umane (SUM), Sciences Po, and the University of East Anglia are jointly convening the Sixth Annual European Summer School on Cold War History at the Università di Trento, 4-6 September 2014.

The Summer School is a unique conference specifically for PhD students and early career researchers to discuss the effects of the Cold War in the fields of politics, culture, and diplomacy, to name only a few.

The School consists of workshops and panel sessions focused on submitted research papers, debates on historiographical and methodology, as well as practical sessions on publishing and academic careers. The school offers an informal atmosphere in which new ideas and research directions can be shared and debated, be it in panel sessions, or over coffee and meals.

PhD students and early career researchers (no more than 3 years from PhD completion) are invited to submit proposals. We encourage submissions on any aspect of the Cold War, broadly defined. Of particular interest are papers that make use of newly available primary sources and innovative methodologies. The call for papers closes 11 April 2014. For information on how to apply please visit the school website.

SHAFR Syllabi and Assignments Initiative

SHAFR maintains on its web site a collection of syllabi and student assignments for courses in international history. Now that a new academic year has begun, we hope you will send your syllabi and assignments to us for posting. We’re interested in syllabi for any course in international history, whether chronological (e.g. U.S. involvement in world affairs since 1914) or thematic (e.g., the international history of the Cold War; gender and U.S. foreign policy). We’d like syllabi for courses that are taught at either the undergraduate or graduate level, as well as those that are primarily lecture or those that are colloquia. In addition, we’d like to encourage you to submit assignments that you give your students, including essays or work involving online resources. The addition of course materials to this collection will make it an even more valuable resource for the sharing of ideas about course structure, readings, and learning assignments. Submission of course materials as Word (.doc or .docx) documents is preferable. Please email syllabi and course materials to Nicole Phelps: [email protected].

You can find the SHAFR collection of Syllabi and Assignments here: