January 2017

Benjamin R. Young

I graduated with an MA in history from SUNY Brockport in August 2013 where I wrote my master's thesis on the alliance formed between the Black Panther Party and the North Korean leadership in the late 1960s and early 1970s. I am currently a PhD candidate in modern Korean history at The George Washington University where I'm writing my dissertation on North Korean involvement in the Third World during the Cold War era. I have formally studied the Korean language in the United States, South Korea, and in the ethnic Korean region of China.

Mara Drogan

I received my PhD with distinction in International, Comparative, and Global History from the State University of New York at Albany. I am currently working on a book manuscript entitled "The New Atomic Diplomacy: Atoms for Peace and the Globalization of Nuclear Technology," which examines the Eisenhower Administration’s plan to share civilian nuclear technology with nations worldwide. Using case studies of US relations with nations in Europe, Africa, Asia, and Latin America, I show that Atoms for Peace marked an important shift in US foreign policy in the mid-1950s.

James R. Stocker

James Stocker is Assistant Professor of International Affairs at Trinity Washington University. He received his Ph.D. from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. He is the author of Spheres of Intervention: US Foreign Policy and the Collapse of Lebanon, 1967-1976 (Cornell University Press, 2016), as well as articles in the International History Review, the Journal of Cold War Studies, the Middle East Journal, Cold War History, and other publications.

Heidi J. Tworek

Heidi Tworek works on the history of news and international organizations. Her current book project explores how Germans exploited new wireless communications technology to overturn international news supply in the first half of the twentieth century. She manages the United Nations History Project (www.unhistoryproject.org), the premier scholarly site on the history of international organizations. Heidi has published over a dozen articles in academic venues.

Thomas I. Faith

Historian at the Department of State and author of "Behind the Gas Mask: The US Chemical Warfare Service in War and Peace," I also edit publications for the Society for History in the Federal Government. I was formerly the history and political science teacher at the US House of Representatives Page School, and have earned fellowships from the Chemical Heritage Foundation and the Eleanor Roosevelt Papers. My PhD was earned at George Washington University, and my BA is from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.

Robert K. Brigham

Robert K. Brigham, Shirley Boskey Professor of History and International Relations, joined the Vassar College faculty in 1994. He is a specialist on the history of U.S. foreign policy, particularly the Vietnam War. Brigham is author or co-author of nine books, including Iraq, Vietnam, and the Limits of American Power (PublicAffairs, 2008); Is Iraq Another Vietnam? (PublicAffairs, 2006); Argument Without End: In Search of Answers to the Vietnam Tragedy (PublicAffairs, 1999), written with former Secretary of Defense Robert S.

Ekavi Athanassopoulou

Ekavi Athanassopoulou (MA, PhD, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London) is Assistant Professor of International Relations, University of Athens. Research Associate of the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) (1999-). Author of: Strategic Relations between the U.S. and Turkey: 1979-2000; Turkey: Anglo-American Security Interests, 1945-1952: The First Enlargement of NATO; A Triangular Relationship, The U.S., Turkey and Israel, 1948-2010 (in preparation).

Patrick Michael Kirkwood

A Belfast-born Scot. Ph.D. from Central Michigan University in Imperial History (2016). Faculty Member @ MCC-Blue River, where I teach US and World history. I write on inter-imperial exchanges focused on the American and British empires in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. So far I've been published in the Michigan Historical Review, Civil War History, and the Journal of World History.

David C. Atkinson

Atkinson's recently published book, The Burdens of White Supremacy: Containing Asian Labor Migration in the British Empire and the United States draws upon archival research in Australia, Canada, Great Britain, New Zealand, and the United States. It explores efforts to restrict Japanese and South Asian immigration during the first decades of the twentieth century.

Jayita Sarkar

Jayita Sarkar is a Research Fellow with the Security Studies Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. From the fall of 2017, she will be an Assistant Professor of International Relations at Boston University’s Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies. Dr. Sarkar's research projects have been funded by the Stanton Foundation, Harvard University's Project on Managing the Atom, Swiss National Science Foundation, Lyndon Johnson Foundation and Gerald Ford Foundation.

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