SHAFR 2020 Virtual Conference

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the SHAFR 2020 Annual Meeting scheduled for June 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana was cancelled.  Abstracts from some of the accepted program participants are posted below in alphabetical order, by author name.  A copy of the conference program is included to serve as a cross-reference tool and to record the work of all of the accepted participants, including those unable to participate in this initiative.

Also included here is this year's SHAFR Presidential Address and a virtual book exhibit.  In addition, we are using this space to announce the winners of the SHAFR prizes that would normally be awarded at the annual meeting.  Please note that some prizes may be announced later, due to pandemic-related delays. 

The next SHAFR annual meeting is currently scheduled to be held in June 2021.

The SHAFR Policy on Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct applies to any guests and members participating in SHAFR-sponsored events.[1]


SHAFR 2020 Program coverSHAFR 2020 Final Program [06-04-2020]

From Gretchen Heefner & Julia Irwin, Co-Chairs, 2020 Program Committee:

It is with great pride and a fair amount of sadness that we share
SHAFR’s 2020 Conference Program with all of you. Despite
the fact that this year’s conference has been cancelled due to
COVID-19, we hope the program provides a reminder of the
incredible community that makes up the SHAFR ecosystem.
We hope that you take extra care in reading through this year’s
program and that you will reach out to presenters whose
topics pique your interest. Even in this era of social distancing,
we can continue to find meaning as we build and sustain
robust connections with one another. We are also fortunate
that today’s telecommunications technologies allow us to do
so. So, we invite you to use this program as a way to maintain
connections and to forge new ones, just as you would have
done in person this June. [...]


Kristin Hoganson

SHAFR 2020 Presidential Address - "Inposts of Empire" [audio MP3 file]

Kristin Hoganson, University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana

Kristin Hoganson is the Stanley S. Stroup Professor of United States History at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She is the author of Fighting for American Manhood: How Gender Politics Provoked the Spanish-American and Philippine-American Wars (Yale, 1998), Consumers’ Imperium: The Global Production of American Domesticity, 1865-1920 (University of North Carolina, 2007), and American Empire at the Turn of the Twentieth Century:  A Brief History with Documents (Bedford Press, 2016).  Her most recent book, The Heartland:  An American History (Penguin Press, 2019 – recognized as an NPR best book of the year), reconsiders the long nineteenth-century roots of the modern American empire.  Peopled by consular officers, military aviators, a congressman active in the Inter-Parliamentary Union, bioprospectors, international students, members of the Kickapoo nation, and other rural border crossers, it takes the U.S. heartland as a starting point for tracking histories of border brokering, human mobility, geographic consciousness, imperial piggybacking, and alliance politics. 

This is Hoganson’s first venture into DIY podcasting.  She would like to gratefully acknowledge her daughter, Annemily Hoganson, for her recording and editing assistance.  She would also like to thank the Program Committee for curating such a fantastic conference.  It was one for the ages and a great loss to SHAFR that we could not enjoy the full conference that the Program Committee worked so hard to produce.  Particular thanks are due to Co-Chairs Julia Irwin and Gretchen Heefner and to the members of the Virtual Conference Planning Task Force for figuring out how to proceed in the midst of a global crisis. Executive Director Amy Sayward also deserves a shout out for her leadership in difficult times, and IT George Fujii deserves a round of applause for making this virtual conference site go live.

 SHAFR 2020 Prize Winners (as of 16 June 2020)

Abstracts and Virtual Book Exhibit


Between Mecca, Moscow and Mao:Iranian Islamists and socialist countries in the Global Sixties
Arash Azizi, New York University

Panel 72: Religious Socialisms and the Cold War
Twitter: @arash_tehran

This paper will be tweeted during the week of the conference, on Friday June 19.


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Please visit the SHAFR Virtual Exhibit at UNC Press (@uncpressblog)

Since we can’t be together at the conference, we’re bringing our book exhibit to you.

From virtually anywhere, you can browse our list of new and recent titles, chat with our editor Debbie Gershenowitz, learn about our new books in our New Cold War History Series, and more.

All of our books (in fact, our entire site) are available now at our 40 percent SHAFR conference discount. Plus if your order totals $75, domestic U.S. shipping is FREE!  Please use the promo code on the UNC SHAFR Virtual Exhibit page.



“Don’t they know that we are a part of the United States?”: Children, Race, and Citizenship in the Interwar American Empire
Katherine Cartwright, College of William & Mary

Panel 32:Children and Youth in the American Empire
Email:[email protected] 
Twitter: @katcartw


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 Welcome to our virtual exhibit! SHAFR 2020 may have been canceled, but we still have exciting new and upcoming scholarship that we want to share with you. Since the spread of knowledge is now more important than ever, we are delighted to bring our foreign and international relations exhibit directly to your screen!

Find out how to receive a special 40% conference discount and free shipping in the domestic U.S. (USPS media mail rate) through July 15th, 2020!


The Spectre Haunting Sunday School: Communism and the Christian Student Movement in the Global ’60s
Amy Fallas, University of California, Santa Barbara

Panel 72: Religious Socialisms and the Cold War
Twitter: @Amy_Fallas

This paper will be tweeted during the week of the conference, on Friday June 19.


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Act of War: Reagan, Thatcher, and Counterterrorism Strategy during the American Bombing of Libya, 1986
Matthew Frakes, Corcoran Department of History, University of Virginia

Panel 4: Protecting a New World: Refashioning International Security at the Cold War’s End
Email: [email protected]
Link to Full Paper:


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Please visit our virtual booth book display, offering books deals normally only given to conference attendees.  These specially selected books are now available to everyone with our special 40 percent virtual booth discount using the promo code found on the exhibit page.


The Bank of China and U.S. Banking Diplomacy in the 1970s: From Wall Street to Chinatown
Elizabeth Ingleson, Center for Presidential History, Southern Methodist University

Panel 31: Financial Frontiers: U.S. Banking Diplomacy, 1890s-1970s
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @lizingleson


University of Pennsylvania Press

Founded in 1890, the University of Pennsylvania Press is one of the oldest scholarly imprints in North America. Penn Press publishes rigorous and thought-provoking work in the humanities and social sciences designed to advance knowledge, dialogue, and understanding

Please visit our SHAFR 2020 Virtual Exhibit store featuring new works available for pre-order, featured recently published books, new & forthcoming paperbacks, ours journals, and more.  Save 40% (and, for North and South America and the Caribbean customers, free shipping) with our special promo codes!



Enemies Forever?: Havana, Miami, and What New Cuban Sources Reveal about Cuba’s US Policy
Hideaki Kami, Associate Professor, University of Tokyo

Panel 26: Cuba’s Foreign Relations: New Archival Sources and New Approaches


Please visit our history subject page featuring our long-standing efforts to seek out and publish the most exciting new research, innovative topics, field-defining books, and projects with a global approach. Our titles range across time periods, from ancient and medieval to early modern and modern history.


Dining, Dancing, and Making the “Personal” Political: Eleanor Roosevelt and Martha Graham’s Collaboration against Fascism
Camelia Lenart, State University of New York at Albany

Panel 14: Dinners, Diaries, and Combat: Expanding and Ungendering American Diplomacy at Home and Abroad
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @CameliaLenart8
Facebook: Camelia Lenart


“Oxford University Press and its books and journals divisions wish we had an opportunity to celebrate our authors and the Society with all of you in person. In lieu of this, please stop by our virtual exhibit booth.  OUP is pleased to offer a 30% discount off our new frontlist titles and expansive backlist of foreign relations, diplomatic history, and international and transnational history titles with code EXSHAFR20 via  The discount is valid through August 31, 2020.  OUP editors are also keen to learn about what you’ve been working on!

OUP is the proud publisher of Diplomatic History. SHAFR members have access to all Diplomatic History content online at OUP.



Between Gorbachev and Chávez: Cuba and Venezuela after the fall of the Soviet Union
Ángel Dámaso Luis León, University of La Laguna

Panel 26: Cuba’s Foreign Relations: New Archival Sources and New Approaches
E-mail: [email protected]
Twitter: @DamasoLuis


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The Institute for the Study of Diplomacy’s online case studies library provides insights into key episodes in U.S. diplomatic history. Instructors can sign up for our faculty lounge to access free copies of all case studies. Click here to browse our virtual exhibit for SHAFR 2020



Ping-Pong Diplomacy’s Return Leg: A Transnational Encounter in the U.S.-China Rapprochement
Pete Millwood, International History Department, London School of Economics

Panel 73: Diplomacy in Transnational History: New Connections
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @PeteMillwood

Further details regarding my talk will be released on my Twitter feed during the virtual conference in June.


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Cambridge University Press SHAFR 2020 Section


“Lead us not into Salvation, but deliver us from Deliverance”: The International Cooperation Administration’s delivery of U.S. foreign assistance to the Republic of Vietnam, 1955-58
Nathaniel L. Moir, Ph.D., John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Panel 95: American Foreign Economic Relations and Aid
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @NathanielLMoir Profile:


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SUP is excited to present new titles in the history of American foreign relations and the US in the world. While we wish we could meet with you face-to-face in New Orleans, Acquisitions Editor Margo Irvin is taking pitches from authors working on topics within international Cold War history; American empire and the history of science, technology, and medicine; and projects situated in the Pacific world, Central and Eastern Europe, and Latin America. 

In lieu of our booth exhibit, please enjoy this Virtual Book Exhibit and receive a 30% discount and free shipping to the US and Canada on the books listed below using the discount code S20XSHAFR-FM. Offer ends 7/31/2020.


The “Meat” in the “Political Sandwich”: Promoting Science, Technology, and Culture in the USIA’s Public Diplomacy Message in Cuba, 1953-1960
Hector L. Montford, The College of Coastal Georgia

Panel 9: Beyond the Embargo: New Approaches to U.S.-Cuban Relations During the Cold War
Email: [email protected]


The Scholar’s Choice

Virtual Book Exhibit



From the Gulf of Aqaba to the Persian Gulf: Securing Western Interests on the Arabian Peninsula
Hulda Kjeang Mørk, University of Oslo

Panel 97: From the Gulf of Aqaba to the Persian Gulf. Securing Western Interests on the Arabian Peninsula
Email: [email protected]


“Much the Same Object”: Trans-Pacific Women’s Suffrage and Filipino Nationalism
Laura R. Prieto, Simmons University

Panel 70:Women in the World
Email:[email protected]
Twitter: @Laura_R_Prieto

I plan to live-tweet my paper on the day that the conference website opens, and I welcome hearing from others with related research interests.


Cold War Scientific Diplomacy and Identity: The US-Soviet Union Interacademy Exchange Program
Brit Shields, University of Pennsylvania

Panel 73: Diplomacy in Transnational History: New Connections
Email: [email protected]

For more on this work, please visit: and/or contact me at the email address above.


The United States’ First Global Bureaucrats: Consuls and the Making of the Global American State, 1833-1856
Simeon Andonov Simeonov, Brown University

Panel 60: Citizens Without Borders: Extraterritoriality, Citizenship, and the Origins of the Global American State, 1815-1860

A taped version of the entire talk is available at:

A virtual discussion of this panel will also take place on Friday, June 19th at 2:30 PM EST. All SHAFR virtual conference participants are welcome to join at the following link:
Meeting ID: 815 2122 4420

Please contact Simeon Simeonov at the email address above to request the password for this Zoom meeting.   


Vice City: Hong Kong in the Anglo-American War on Drugs, 1970-1979
Philip Thai, Northeastern University

Panel 15: In the Shadows of the Cold War: Marginal Actors in Global Politics
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @philip_thai

Twitter Presentation Link:


Mountains, Revolutionary Geography, and Self-Reliance in the Afro-Asian World
Benjamin R. Young, Dakota State University

Panel 15: In the Shadows of the Cold War: Marginal Actors in Global Politics
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @DubstepInDPRK


Reluctant Revolutionaries: Indonesian and Filipino Communist Exiles in the People’s Republic in the Wake of Sino-US Rapprochement
Taomo Zhou, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Panel 15: In the Shadows of the Cold War: Marginal Actors in Global Politics
Twitter: @taomo_zhou


Panel 54: Roundtable: Hollow Building Blocks: Immigration Restriction in the History of U.S.-Mexican Foreign Relations

  •       Adam Goodman, University of Illinois, Chicago
  •       Laura Gutiérrez, University of the Pacific
  •       S. Deborah Kang, California State University San Marcos
  •       Benjamin C. Montoya, Schreiner University

Chair: Mark Overmyer-Velázquez, University of Connecticut, Hartford

A panel description and videos of each presentation will be posted on the following website:


Panel 63: Whistleblowing Nation: The History of National Security Revelations and the Cult of State Secrecy
Co-Chairs/Co-Organizers: Hannah Gurman, New York University, and Kaeten Mistry, University of East Anglia

Other Discussants:

  • Lida Maxwell, Boston University
  • Richard Immerman, Temple University
  • Beverly Gage, Yale University

Book Page: 
Project Page:


Panel 83Rethinking Sino-US Rapprochement: Unconventional Forms of Diplomacy
Chair/Panel Organizer: Alsu Tagirova, East China Normal University

Email: [email protected]

A New Sphere of Influence: Table Tennis Diplomacy and the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations
Jeffrey Crean, Tyler Junior College

Email: [email protected]

Diplomacy vs. Economics: Examining the Roots of Decline in Sino-U.S. Trade in 1975
Xiayang Ding, East China Normal University

E-mail: [email protected]
Twitter: dxy20101

Deng Xiaoping’s View of Science: Origins of the Sino-U.S. Science and Technology Cooperation
Chenxi Xiong, East China Normal University

E-mail: [email protected]
Twitter: xiong_chenxi

Discussant: Norton Wheeler


Panel 88: Roundtable: Understanding and Teaching Contemporary American History, Reagan to Trump
Organizers: Kimber Quinney, California State University, San Marcos, and Amy Sayward, Middle Tennessee State University and Executive Director of SHAFR

Sponsored by the SHAFR Teaching Committee

This panel will be live-streamed on Saturday, June 20, from 3:30 to 5:15 PM (EST) via Zoom:
Meeting ID: 933 1909 3317

Twitter: @SHAFRhistorians (Professor Sayward will be managing the account)

Conference participants are invited to email Kimber Quinney [email protected] for Zoom password information.


SHAFR Thanks The Sponsors Of The 2020 Conference

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[1] The SHAFR Task Force on Sexual Misconduct exists to assist SHAFR with implementing its Policy on Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct. The SHAFR Task Force is typically available on-site for the annual conference to answer members' questions about the policy and to serve as an intake team to receive reports of potential violations of that policy. Although this year's in-person conference has been cancelled, SHAFR's policy applies to all virtual conference events that will take place in lieu of our in-person annual meeting. The Task Force is available remotely to answer questions and receive reports about possible policy violations that take place in these virtual SHAFR conference spaces. To contact the Task Force, please email them at [email protected]. They will respond to your message as soon as possible. Please use this email address for all correspondence related to the SHAFR Policy on Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct. The Task Force will monitor this email account regularly for three months following the 2020 virtual conference (that is, until mid-September 2020).

Task Force Members:

Kelly Shannon, Florida Atlantic University, Task Force Head
Karine Walther, Georgetown University, Qatar
Maurice Jr. Labelle, University of Saskatchewan
Varsha Venkatasubramanian, University of California Berkeley
Mattie Webb, University of California Santa Barbara