SHAFR 2012 Annual Meeting

Revolutionary Aftermaths

Thursday, June 28, 2012 - 9:00am to Saturday, June 30, 2012 - 5:00pm
University of Connecticut at Storrs (Hartford, CT)

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Conference Program

NOTE: the program below has had some minor revisions since it was posted.



SHAFR Council Meeting: 8:00 AM – 12:45 PM, Conference Room 7

Teaching Committee Meeting: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM, VIVO Restaurant Private Dining Room (see hostess) 

Registration: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM, Ballroom Foyer

Book Exhibit: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM, Ballroom Foyer


Session I: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Panels 1-5)

Panel 1: Roundtable: Beyond the Monograph: Defining and Doing U.S. Foreign Relations Broadly

Chair: Christopher McKnight Nichols, University of Pennsylvania

Fredrik Logevall, Cornell University

Timothy Lynch, University of Melbourne

Dennis Merrill, University of Missouri-Kansas City

David Milne, University of East Anglia

Jenifer Van Vleck, Yale University


Panel 2: Forging Dialogues: Western NGOs and North-South Relations After Decolonization

Chair: Erez Manela, Harvard University

A Threatening Whisper: U.S. NGOs and the New International Economic Order

Paul Adler, Georgetown University

Taking Sides: American Protestant Missionary Responses to Angolan Decolonization and Civil War

Kate Burlingham, California State University, Fullerton

Imperial Intermediaries: CARE in Haiti after World War II

Patrick McElwee, Duke University

Parks and Poverty: Environmental NGOs, Decolonization, and Development in Post-Colonial East Africa

Stephen Macekura, University of Virginia

Comment: Ryan Irwin, Yale University


Panel 3: Public Opinion and U.S. Foreign Policy during the Cold War

Chair: Kenneth Osgood, Colorado School of Mines

“The Monolith is No More”: American Perceptions of the Emerging Sino-Soviet Split

Jeffrey Crean, Texas A&M University

The China Question: Nuclear Testing and the American Response

John Huntington, Harmony School of Advancement

Pivot: U.S. Policy Reorientation After Sadat’s 1977 Jerusalem Trip

Daniel Strieff, London School of Economics

Comment: Andrew Johnstone, University of Leicester


Panel 4: The Mexican Revolution, the United States, and the World: South-North Political and Intellectual Transfers, 1925-1945

Chair: Deborah Cohen, University of Missouri – St. Louis

American Ejidos: How Revolutionary Mexican Agrarianism Remade the Rural New Deal

Tore Olsson, University of Georgia

The Mexican Revolution, Latin America, and the Transformation of Hemispheric Politics: The Making of the Good Neighbor Policy at the Inter-American Conferences, 1923-1933

José Luis Ramos, University of Chicago

Interwar Internationalism in Latin America: Mexico and the Creation of the Postwar Multilateral System

Christy Thornton, New York University

Comment: Deborah Cohen


Panel 5: The Accidental Globalist: Lyndon Johnson’s Response to a Revolutionary Decade

Chair: Kyle Longley, Arizona State University

Postponing the Wind of Change: The American Response to Portugal’s African Empire in the 1960s

R. Joseph Parrott, University of Texas at Austin

“Before it is Too Late”: Land Reform in South Vietnam, 1956-1968

David Conrad, University of Texas at Austin

Building Fortress Israel: Lyndon Johnson and the First Offensive Arms Sales to Israel

Olivia L. Sohns, Cambridge University

Johnson and Kosygin at Glassboro: A Forgotten Step to Strategic Arms Limitation

Richard Dean Williamson, Louisiana State University

Comment: Mitchell Lerner, Ohio State University


BREAK: 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Coffee and light refreshments served in the Ballroom Foyer, adjacent to the Book Exhibit.


Session II: 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM (Panels 6-14)

Panel 6: Teaching Diplomatic History in the 21st Century

Sponsored by the SHAFR Teaching Committee

Moderator: Matt Loayza, Minnesota State University, Mankato

Experiences Teaching the History of U.S. Foreign Relations Online

Terry Hamblin, SUNY Delhi

Teaching History As It Unfolds

Molly M. Wood, Wittenberg University

Teaching with Presidential Recordings

Marc Selverstone, University of Virginia

Clickers and Class Participation

Nicole Phelps, University of Vermont


Panel 7: Making the Familiar Strange: Transnational Readings of Iconic American Texts

Please note that the panelists will be doing readings of single texts, which are available on the conference website,

Chair: Mark Bradley, University of Chicago

Stephen Foster, “Oh! Susanna”

Click here to hear a ca. 1925 recording.

Brian J. Rouleau, Texas A&M University

Grant Wood, American Gothic

Click here to view the painting.

Brooke L. Blower, Boston University

Excerpts from the Papers of George F. Kennan

Click here to read excerpts from the Kennan papers(link is external)

Frank Costigliola, University of Connecticut

Rick Warren Invocation at the Inauguration of Barack Obama

Click here to read the text.(link is external)

Melani McAlister, George Washington University

Comment: Mark Bradley

Fredrik Logevall, Cornell University


Panel 8: Revolutionizing Regional Relations? Postcolonial U.S. Foreign Policy towards the Middle East and South Asia

Chair: Robert McMahon, Ohio State University

Challenging Mandate Colonialism: American Diplomacy in Egypt and the Levant, 1917-1923

Max Reibman, University of Cambridge

Linking South Asia to the Persian Gulf: American Plans for a New Order

Ezra Davidson, New York University

Confronting South Asia’s Decolonization: The United States and Pakistan-Afghan Relations in the Early Cold War

Elisabeth Leake, University of Cambridge

Comment: Zachary Lockman, New York University


Panel 9: Women in a Post-Revolutionary World, 1919-1929

Chair: Serge Ricard, Sorbonne Nouvelle (University of Paris III)

Rebuilding Internationalism in Europe: American Women, Feminist Pacifism, and the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, 1919-1923

Andrew M. Johnston, Carleton University

International Woman Suffrage Alliance and European Revolutions, 1918-1920

Claire Delahaye, University of Tours

War as Revolution: Italian Feminism, the New Postwar Order and the Rise of Fascism

Daniela Rossini, University of Rome III

Comment: Carol C. Chin, University of Toronto


Panel 10: Cold War Development: Ideologies, Policies, Practices

Chair: Thomas “Tim” Borstelmann, University of Nebraska

“Lily White”: Overseas Relief and Development, African Americans, and the Early Cold War, 1945-1960

Joshua Hideo Mather, Saint Louis University

The Global Housing Crisis and American Aided Self-Help Programs in Taiwan and South Korea, 1949-60

Nancy Haekyung Kwak, University of California, San Diego

Developing the American Foreign Aid Ideology: The American Civil Rights Movement and the Discourse on Foreign Aid during the Early Cold War

Amanda Elaine Schlumpberger, University of Kansas

Comment: David Engerman, Brandeis University


Panel 11: Connecting Foreign Relations and Domestic Law in the Early Republic

Chair: Lauren A. Benton, New York University

“The Means of Preventing Disputes with Foreign Nations”: The Federal Courts and Foreign Relations in the 1790s

Kevin Arlyck, New York University

Sovereignty, Neutrality, Non-recognition: International Economic Policy after Haitian Independence

Julia Gaffield, Duke University

Race and Rights in Anglo-American Relations: A Diplomatic Antecedent to Dred Scott

Michael Schoeppner, American Council of Learned Societies

Comment: John Fabian Witt, Yale Law School


Panel 12: Responding to the Revolution: The United States Confronts the People’s Republic of China, 1946-1961 

Chair: Sergey Radchenko, University of Nottingham, Ningbo

History from the Middle: Student Interpreters, Chinese Revolutions, and the Making of the “Lost Chance” Myth, 1902-1946

Nathaniel Davis, Southern Illinois University

The Soviet Pattern in the Chinese Dust: The Origins of the American Non-recognition Policy, 1948-1950

Brian Hilton, Texas A&M University

Stateless in Shanghai: The International Refugee Organization, the Chinese Civil War, and the People Caught in Between, 1946-1957

Meredith Oyen, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Policing the World: China Policy during the Eisenhower Administration, 1953-1961

Jingbin Wang, Elizabeth City State University

Comment: Chris Tudda, Office of the Historian, Department of State


Panel 13: The longue dureé of U.S. Anti-Communism Abroad: Culture, Resistance, and Collapse

Chair: Alessandro Brogi, University of Arkansas

Ideological and Cultural Pillars for the “American Century”? American Studies and the Early Cold War, 1939-1951

Francisco J. Rodríguez Jiménez, George Washington University

The U.S. and Dutch Anti-Communism

David J. Snyder, University of South Carolina

An American “Lenin Institute”? Congress and the Failed Initiative to Found an Anticommunist “Freedom Academy,” 1959-1967

Andreas Etges, Freie Universität Berlin

Comment: Alessandro Brogi


Panel 14: The American Left and Global Revolution since the 1960s

Chair: Van Gosse, Franklin and Marshall College

Take Me To Havana: Airline Hijacking and the Allure of Revolutionary Cuba in 1960s America

Teishan Latner, University of California, Irvine

One, Two, Many Revolutions: Global Revolution and the American Left in the Vietnam Era

Caitlin Casey, Harvard University

Revolution and Reactions in Central America in the 1980s: Responses by the Reagan Administration and the Central America Solidarity Networks

Francis Robert Shor, Wayne State University

Comment: Martin Klimke, New York University Abu Dhabi



Buses will begin departing from the back lobby of the hotel (parking garage side) at 5:30 PM to transport everyone to the University of Connecticut campus. The buses will return to the Marriott Hartford Downtown at the conclusion of the plenary session. If you wish to drive yourself, a handout with driving directions and parking information will be available at the registration table and online on the conference website.

WELCOME RECEPTION: 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM, Student Union Lobby

Sponsored by the University of Connecticut

PLENARY SESSION: 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM, Student Union Theatre

Explaining the History of American Foreign Relations: Reflecting on the 1991 and 2004 Editions While Looking Forward

Chair: Frank Costigliola, University of Connecticut

Discussants: Thomas G. Paterson, University of Connecticut

Michael J. Hogan, University of Illinois

Nick Cullather, Indiana University

Christopher Dietrich, University of Texas at Austin

Mary L. Dudziak, University of Southern California

Robert McMahon, Ohio State University

Emily S. Rosenberg, University of California at Irvine

Judy Tzu-Chun Wu, Ohio State University



Registration: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Ballroom Foyer 

Book Exhibit: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Ballroom Foyer

Diplomatic History Editorial Board Meeting: 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM

Continental Breakfast: 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM, Ballroom C

Sponsored by the Teaching Committee

Please join members of the Teaching Committee for an informal breakfast and an opportunity to talk with other SHAFR members about teaching strategies, classroom resources, educational technology, and other pedagogical issues.


Session III: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM (Panels 15-22)


Panel 15: U.S. – Middle East Relations during the Late Cold War

Chair: Peter L. Hahn, Ohio State University

American Evangelicals, Lebanese Militias and Media

Laila Ballout, Northwestern University

Challenging the Realpolitik: The Impact of Human Rights on U.S.-Iran Relations, 1973-1976

Vittorio Felci, University of Florence

Fears of Dependence: Arab Oil in American Politics during the 1970s

Victor McFarland, Yale University

Gunboats, Diplomacy, and After Hours: U.S.-Israeli Relations, late 1970s-early 1980s

Shaul Mitelpunkt, University of Chicago

Comment: Salim Yaqub, University of California at Santa Barbara


Panel 16: Borderlands Encounters: Nineteenth-Century Crossings into Mexico

Chair: Ned Blackhawk, Yale University

Reluctant Imperialists: U.S. Soldiers Encounter Mexico, 1847

Amy S. Greenberg, Penn State University

Struggles for Place and Space: Kickapoo Traces from the Midwest to Mexico

Kristin L. Hoganson, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

The Borderland Arms Trade and Crises of State Sovereignty in Mexico and the United States

Brian DeLay, University of California, Berkeley

Comment: J. A. Hernández, University of Massachusetts, Amherst


Panel 17: Outer Space, Classical Music, and a Collision Sport: U.S. Cultural Diplomacy during the Cold War

Chair: Laura Belmonte, Oklahoma State University

Astronauts as Diplomats: The Apollo Goodwill World Tours

Teasel Muir-Harmony, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Musicians as Rhetorical Surrogates in Eisenhower’s Cold War: Iceland, 1954-1959

Emily Abrams Ansari, University of Western Ontario

Hockey, Canada and the Limits of U.S. Cultural Diplomacy

John Soares, University of Notre Dame

Comment: John Sbardellati, University of Waterloo


Panel 18: Roundtable: U.S. Foreign Relations in the Aftermath of the Reagan Revolution

Chair: Andrew L. Johns, Brigham Young University

Chester Pach, Ohio University

Jeremy Kuzmarov, University of Tulsa

Dustin Walcher, Southern Oregon University

Jason Colby, University of Victoria


Panel 19: The Relevance of Race and Memory to Wilsonianism

Chair: Kathleen Burk, University College London

Nothing Cuts So Deep as a Civil War: The Civil War, Reconstruction, and Woodrow Wilson’s Approach to the Great War

Samuel L. Schaffer, Yale University

A Certain Blindness: The Relevance of Race to Woodrow Wilson’s Political Vision

Trygve Throntveit, Harvard University

“A Slow Disentanglement from the Past”: Woodrow Wilson and the Japanese Quest for Racial Equality at the Paris Peace Conference

Robert G. Kane, Niagara University

Comment: Lloyd E. Ambrosius, University of Nebraska


Panel 20: From Words to Deeds: Actualizing Human Rights in the Wake of the Human Rights Revolution of the 1970s

Chair: Carol Anderson, Emory University

Seeking Evolution, Not Revolution in Apartheid South Africa: The AFL-CIO and South African Unions, 1979-1984

John Stoner, University of Pittsburgh

A New Moral Shield or Something More? Understanding the Origins of Congressional Human Rights Consciousness in the 1970s

Rachel Traficanti, University of Connecticut

Exceptional Circumstances: Jimmy Carter and the Salvadoran Crisis, 1977-1981

Adam Wilsman, Vanderbilt University

Comment: Carol Anderson


Panel 21: After the Nuclear Revolution, Part I: American Efforts to Confront the Challenges of the Postwar Era

Chair: Michael Gordin, Princeton University

Re-Harnessing the Atom: Early British and American Efforts to Control Nuclear Science vis-à-vis Farm Hall

Mary McPartland, George Washington University

Caught in the Circle of Secrecy: Failed Attempts at Classification Reform in the Early Atomic Energy Commission, 1947-1950

Alex Wellerstein, American Institute of Physics

The Nuclear Imperative: U.S. Policy on Exporting Nuclear Power in the 1950s

Mara Drogan, University at Albany (SUNY)

Comment: Michael Gordin


Panel 22: Varieties of American Foreign Relations in the Early Republic

Chair: Chris Tudda, Office of the Historian, Department of State

Major General Anthony Wayne’s Siege of the British Army at Fort Miamis: Empires on the Brink of War, August 1794

John C. Kotruch, University of New Hampshire

U.S. Army Officers Anticipate the War of 1812

Samuel Watson, United States Military Academy

Ad Hoc Foreign Policymaking of the Early Republic: Thomas H. Perkins’s Boston-Smyrna-Canton Opium Trade and Congressional Rejection of Aid for Greek Independence

Michael E. Chapman, Peking University

Comment: Eliga H. Gould, University of New Hampshire



Pre-registration and tickets required.

Requiem for the Common Man

Thomas Zeiler, University of Colorado, Boulder

SHAFR President


Session IV: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Panels 23-30)

Panel 23: South Vietnamese Nationalism and Nation Building

Chair: Lien-Hang Nguyen, University of Kentucky

National Identity and Cold War Politics in the Republic of Vietnam, 1954-1963

Nu-Anh Tran, University of California at Berkeley

Ngo Dinh Diem’s Anticommunism and the South Vietnamese State

Jessica M. Chapman, Williams College

Nationalism, Anticommunism, and Anti-Americanism in Wartime Saigon: The Case of the Weekly Đời [Life], 1969-1972

Tuan Hoang, Cal State University San Bernardino, Palm Desert Campus

See it Through with Nguyen Van Thieu: The Nixon Administration Embraces a Client Dictator in South Vietnam, 1969-1974

Joshua Lovell, McMaster University

Comment: Edward Miller, Dartmouth College


Panel 24: Perspectives on Imperial Rule: The United States in the Philippines in the Early Twentieth Century

Chair: Christopher Capozzola, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The Legal Archipelago of U.S. Occupation: American Military Justice and the Colonial State in the Philippines, 1898-1902

Clara Altman, Brandeis University

The Dilemma of “Accountable” State-building: Establishing Education Institutions in Colonial Taiwan versus the Philippines in the Early Twentieth Century

Reo Matsuzaki, Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, Stanford University

Make Trade, Not War: Marketplaces and Market Relations in the U.S. Colonial Philippines

Rebecca Tinio McKenna, University of Notre Dame

Codifying Religion: The Bureau of the Census, the Bureau of Non-Christian Tribes and American Imperial Rule in the Philippines, 1901-1913

Karine Walther, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, Qatar

Comment: Anne Foster, Indiana State University


Panel 25: Anticolonial Solidarities in the Long View: The Black Freedom Struggle and Imperialism from the Interwar Years through the Cold War Era

Chair: Allison Blakely, Boston University

Moscow’s New Negro, and Vice Versa: Interwar Circulations of Black Radicalism in the Context of the Global Cold War

S. Ani Mukherji, University of California at Los Angeles

People’s Diplomacy: Vicki Garvin and Third World Solidarity Politics in China, 1964-1970

Dayo F. Gore, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and University of California, San Diego

The Anticolonial Front Encounters McCarthyism

John Munro, St. Mary’s University

Foundations of Solidarity: African American Activists and the Cuban Revolution in the Early 1960s

Sarah Seidman, Brown University

Comment: Elizabeth Esch, Barnard College


Panel 26: Pacific Currents

Chair: Noelani Arista, University of Hawai’i at Manoa

Tentacular Touches: Kaona and Late-Nineteenth Century Hawaiian Politics

Luukia Archer, University of Hawai’i at Manoa

“To Send Them Out Improved and Even Better Than When They Came Here”: Circulating Bureaucrats from Indian Country to Micronesia

Joshua Levy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Ka Hoku O Osiania: Reclaiming the Hawaiian Kingdom’s Place in Oceania

Lorenz Gonschor, University of Hawai’i at Manoa

Comment: Mary Renda, Mount Holyoke College


Panel 27: Militarism at Home and Abroad: The Legacy of the American Revolution

Chair: Robert Martello, Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering

Manufacturing Independence: Government Promotion of Domestic Production during the American Revolution

Robert F. Smith, Northampton Community College

The Society of the Cincinnati and the Legacy of Warfare in American Political Culture, 1783-1800

John L. Dwiggins, University of Pennsylvania

The Legacy of the American Revolution and the Origins of the War of 1812

Andrew J. B. Fagal, Binghamton University, SUNY

Comment: Robert Martello


Panel 28: Policing the Globe: International Law Enforcement and Drug Control in the Age of American Empire

Chair: William B. McAllister, Office of the Historian, Department of State, and Georgetown University

Organizing Violence in East Asia: The Philippines Under Ferdinand Marcos

Sheena Chestnut Greitens, Harvard University

Locating the Origins of the “War on Drugs” in the Revolutionary Aftermath of World War II

Suzanna J. Reiss, University of Hawai’i at Manoa

Junkies in the Shining City: Exceptionalism and Addiction in the American Century

Matt Pembleton, American University

Unjust Aftermath: Drug Trafficking and Money Laundering in Post-Noriega Panama

Jonathan Marshall, Independent Scholar

Comment: William B. McAllister


Panel 29: U.S. Empire in National, International, and Transnational Histories

Chair: Marilyn B. Young, New York University

The Wilsonian Seduction: Nation and Empire in U.S. Global Histories

Paul Kramer, Vanderbilt University

The Imperial Presidency and its Critics: The Domestic Politics of American Empire

Michael Allen, Northwestern University

The Betrayal of U.S. Exceptionalism: The Arab Nakba in Palestine and the Invention of U.S. Empire in Lebanese Imaginations

Maurice Jr. Labelle, University of Akron

Comment: Naoko Shibusawa, Brown University


Panel 30: Rethinking the Cold War in Japan

Chair: Andrew J. Rotter, Colgate University

Rethinking the “Reverse Course”: Taking off a Cold War Lens

Hajimu Masuda, National University of Singapore

The San Francisco Peace Treaty: Transforming U.S. –Japanese Relations from Postwar to Cold War

Jennifer M. Miller, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Rethinking the U.S. Japan Alliance in the Aftermath of the 1960 Security Treaty Crisis

Nick Kapur, Harvard University

The Revolution from Above Betrays the Revolution from Below in U.S.-Allied Occupied Japan: The “Reverse Course” and Korean-Japanese Anti-War Solidarity during the Korean War

Deokhyo Choi, Cornell University

Comment: Hiroshi Kitamura, College of William and Mary

COFFEE BREAK: 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Coffee break sponsored by Cornell University Press

Cornell University Press is pleased to announce that three new volumes in the United States in the World series are available this spring. Please join series editors Mark Philip Bradley, David C. Engerman, and Paul A. Kramer as they celebrate Dirk Bönker, Militarism in a Global Age, Jason Colby, The Business of Empire, and Seth Jacobs, The Universe Unraveling, at Cornell’s table in the Book Exhibit, located in the Ballroom Foyer.

Session V: 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM (Panels 31-38)

Panel 31: Connecting With the Public: Federal Government Outreach Programs in a “Revolutionary” Era

Chair: David Herschler, Office of the Historian, Department of State

Robert J. Dalessandro, U.S. Army Center of Military History

David Hatch, National Security Agency

Kristin Ahlberg, Office of the Historian, Department of State

Jessie Kratz, National Archives and Records Administration


Panel 32: Humanitarian Intervention and the Spanish-American War

Chair: Reut Yael Paz, Humboldt University of Berlin

Humanity’s “Other”: The Changing Image of the U.S. Intervention in Cuba, 1898

Mark Swatek-Evenstein

The Practice of Humanitarian Intervention in the 19th Century: The United States and the European Powers Compared

Fabian Klose, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität

“Fleeing Women and Children”: Gender and the Rhetoric of Humanitarian Intervention

Jessica C. E. Gienow-Hecht, University of Cologne

Comment: Reut Yael Paz


Panel 33: “My country right or wrong…but when wrong to be set right”: Dissent and U.S. Foreign Policy in the 1960s and 1970s

Chair: Jonathan Nashel, Indiana University, South Bend

The Veteran Voice in American Foreign Policy: From Silence to Dissent, 1961-1971

Anna Armentrout, University of California, Berkeley

Morality and Foreign Policy during the 1960s: The Search for a Humane Diplomacy

Brian McNeil, University of Texas at Austin

“A Higher Patriotism”? The Senate Foreign Relations Committee and its Dissenting Views of American Foreign Policy, 1965-1974

Erin Black, University of Toronto

The Spirits of ’76: Public Diplomacy, the Bicentennial, and Dissenting Memories of the American Revolution

Todd Bennett, East Carolina University

Comment: Kelly Shannon, University of Alaska Anchorage


Panel 34: Designing, Developing, and Selling the Tropics: U.S. Travel Cultures in the Twentieth Century

Chair: Dennis Merrill, University of Missouri-Kansas City

Surfing the Empire: Alexander Hume Ford, Tourism, and Imperial Consolidation in Early Twentieth-Century Hawai’i

Scott Laderman, University of Minnesota-Duluth

Constructing a Tropical Paradise during the Cold War: San Juan’s La Concha Hotel and the Havana Riviera

Erica N. Morawski, University of Illinois-Chicago

Normalizing Suharto’s Indonesia: Development, Tourism, and Crafts in Bali

Bradley R. Simpson, Princeton University

Comment: Dennis Merrill

Christopher Endy, California State University-Los Angeles


Panel 35: The Oil Revolution: Nationalism, Corporations and U.S. Foreign Policy

Chair: Doug Little, Clark University

Expanding the Carter Doctrine: U.S. Oil Interests Around the Globe

Michael T. Klare, Hampshire College

U.S. Oil Policy in the Early Cold War: Intervention in Venezuela, 1941-1948

Mark Seddon, University of Sheffield

A Revolution Denied: Overcoming the Nationalization of Iranian Oil

Ellen Wald, Boston University

Comment: David S. Painter, Georgetown University


Panel 36: Development Agendas in International Society, 1940-1980

Chair: Nick Cullather, Indiana University

Modernizing Empires? Comparing the British, the French and the Portuguese Colonial Developmentalism since 1940

Miguel Bandeira Jerónimo, Brown University/Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon

Addressing “Imperial Inequalities” in the International Political Economy: The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, 1964-1976

Christopher Dietrich, University of Texas at Austin

The Global South in Search of Influence: The Case of the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation

Victor Nemchenok, University of Virginia

Comment: Erez Manela, Harvard University


Panel 37: Roundtable: Is Indian History Part of the History of American Foreign Relations?

Chair: Emily S. Rosenberg, University of California, Irvine

Brian DeLay, University of California, Berkeley

Ned Blackhawk, Yale University

Paul Rosier, Villanova University

Alexandra Harmon, University of Washington

Comment: Emily S. Rosenberg


Panel 38: Roundtable: War and Peace in Vietnam

Chair: Mark Atwood Lawrence, University of Texas at Austin

Pierre Asselin, Hawaii Pacific University

Lien-Hang T. Nguyen, University of Kentucky

Pierre Journoud, Institute for Strategic Research, Ecole Militaire

James Hershberg, George Washington University



Coffee and light hors d’oeuvres served in the Ballroom Foyer, adjacent to the Book Exhibit.



Journalism and the End of Diplomatic History

Chair: David Engerman, Brandeis University

Speaker: Fred Kaplan, Slate

Responses: Marilyn B. Young, New York University

David Zierler, Office of the Historian, Department of State



Registration: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Ballroom Foyer

Book Exhibit: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Ballroom Foyer

SHAFR Breakfast: 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM, Ballroom C

Sponsored by the Membership Committee, the Committee on Women in SHAFR, and the Committee on Minority Historians

Get to know SHAFR Council members and find out about the work of our committees during an informal breakfast.

Membership Committee Meeting: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM, Conference Room 7


Session VI: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM (Panels 39-46)

Panel 39: Argentina and the United States from Dictatorship through Democracy (and back), 1963-1988

Chair: Stephen G. Rabe, University of Texas at Dallas

Making Friends with Perón: Developmentalism and State Capitalism in U.S.-Argentine Relations, 1970-1975

David Sheinin, Trent University

Losing Control: The United States, Argentina, and the Rise of Social Revolution, 1966-1969

Dustin Walcher, Southern Oregon University

Democrats and Double Standards: The Reagan Administration, Human Rights, and U.S.-Argentine Relations

William Michael Schmidli, Bucknell University

Comment: Michael Donoghue, Marquette University


Panel 40: Diplomacy and the Politics of Chinese Mobility and Inclusion during the Cold War

Chair: Meredith Oyen, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Cold War Diplomacy, Asian American Citizenship, and the Paradox of Hawaiian Statehood

Ellen D. Wu, Indiana University

Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Chinese Refugees in Hong Kong, 1949-59

Glen Petersen, University of British Columbia

Refugee Relief as Anti-Communist Critique: The 1962 Parole of Chinese

Madeline Y. Hsu, University of Texas at Austin

Comment: Meredith Oyen


Panel 41: Waiting for a Star to Fall: U.S. Aid to Eastern Europe during the Soviet Era

Chair: Jessica C. E. Gienow-Hecht, University of Cologne

The Diplomacy of Charity: U.S. Humanitarian Aid and the Rebirth of Poland, 1918-1920

Denis Clark, University of Oxford

Building Tito-Land: U.S. Foreign Aid and Yugoslav Exceptionalism, 1948- 1963

Louie Milojevic, American University

Holes in the Curtain: Western Foundations, Democracy Assistance and the Rise of Eastern European Civil Society

Lisa Heindl, Bremen International Graduate School of Social Science

Comment: David S. Foglesong, Rutgers University


Panel 42: Slavery, Expansion, and Diplomacy: Southern Priorities in Antebellum and Civil War Foreign Policy

Chair: Jay Sexton, University of Oxford

“A Kindred Slave-Holding Republic”: Reconsidering the South’s Cuba Diplomacy in the 1850s

Matthew Karp, University of Pennsylvania

The Diplomacy of Secession

Brian Schoen, Ohio University

Self-Assertion: Fashioning the Foreign Policy of the Confederacy

Adrian Brettle, University of Virginia

Comment: Jay Sexton


Panel 43: Roundtable: Ronald Reagan, Intelligence, and the End of the Cold War

Chair: Richard Immerman, Temple University

Peter Clement, Deputy Director for Intelligence for Analytic Programs, CIA

Douglas MacEachin, former Deputy Director for Intelligence, CIA

David Lodge, former analyst, CIA

Nicholas Dujmovic, CIA Historian


Panel 44: After the Nuclear Revolution, Part II: Global Challenges to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Regime

Chair: Campbell Craig, Aberystwyth University

Politics of Peaceful Nuclear Explosions: The Dominance of the “Peaceful” Narrative in India’s Nuclear Policy in the 1960s and 1970s

Kapil Dhanraj Patil, Jawaharlal Nehru University

The Brazilian Opposition to the NPT, 1967-1969

Carlo Patti, University of Florence and Fundação Getulio Vargas

British-U.S. Constructive Engagement Policy towards South Africa’s Nuclear Past

Lucky Asuelime, University of Kwazulu Natal

Comment: Campbell Craig


Panel 45: Roundtable: Researching and Writing Histories that are International and Transnational, Diplomatic and Local

Chair: Kristin L. Hoganson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

A Master Narrative of Microhistories?: Reconciling the Grand and the Local in the History of Inter-American Relations

Rebecca Herman, University of California, Berkeley

Lighting Out for the Territories: Transnational History and the U.S. Overseas Empire

Daniel Immerwahr, Northwestern University

Dangerous Divides: International Security and Policing the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands, 1940-1955

Andy Eisen, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Comments: Kurk Dorsey, University of New Hampshire

Melani McAlister, George Washington University


Panel 46: Philanthropy, Empire, and Manliness: Recognizing International Law, 1899-1935

Chair: Sarah B. Snyder, University College London

International Law and American Pro-Boers

Jennifer A. Sutton, Washington University in St. Louis

Neither Jingoes nor Pacifists: Legitimizing International Law through Professional Manhood, 1905-1917

Benjamin A. Coates, American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Fortunes of a Profession: American Foundations and the International Law Community, 1910-1935

Katharina Rietzler, Cambridge University

Comment: Mary L. Dudziak, University of Southern California



Pre-registration and tickets required.

George F. Kennan: The Promises – and Pitfalls – of Authorized Biography

John Lewis Gaddis, Yale University


Session VII: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Panels 47-54)

Panel 47: Debating “Good Occupations” Uplift, Humanitarianism, and the Problem of Policing in American Occupations

Chair: Mary Renda, Mount Holyoke College

Military Government: A “Good Occupation”?

Susan Carruthers, Rutgers University, Newark

Modernizing Repression: Police Training and Political Violence in the Occupations of Japan and South Vietnam

Jeremy Kuzmarov, University of Tulsa

“A Precedent Worth Setting”: The U.S. Military and Humanitarian Operations

Jana K. Lipman, Tulane University

Comment: Christopher Capozzola, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Panel 48: Roundtable: New Research in the History of Women’s Transnational and International Social Movements: Using the New Online Archive and Database, Women and Social Movements, International — 1840 to present

Chair: Kathryn Kish Sklar, State University of New York, Binghamton

Women in the WIDF (or: The Long Arm of HUAC: Finding the Women in the WIDF)

Francisca de Haan, Central European University

The Moral Imagination(s) of the Black International: Zora Neale Hurston, Addie Hunton, and Paulette Nardal

Tiffany Ruby Patterson, Vanderbilt University

Fighting for Peace in an International City: Organized Women and Disarmament Efforts in Geneva, 1931-1945

Denise Ireton, SUNY Binghamton

Untold Stories: The United Nations Decade for Women, 1975-1985

Judith Zinsser, Miami University of Ohio

Comment: Kathryn Kish Sklar


Panel 49: American Humanitarianism in the Aftermath of Asian Revolutions, 1950s-1970s

Chair: Paul A. Kramer, Vanderbilt University

The Religious Dimensions of Southeast Asian Refugee Resettlement

Melissa Borja, Columbia University

“Free (from the inside)”: American Voluntary Organizations, Asian Children, and the Cold War

Sara Fieldston, Yale University

From Orphan Evacuation to Big Business: The Institutionalization of Korean Intercountry Adoption

Arissa Oh, Boston College

Comment: Paul A. Kramer


Panel 50: Commerce and Diplomacy in the Nineteenth Century

Chair: David Nickles, Office of the Historian, Department of State

Immigrants and the Changing Role of the Dutch Consular Network in the U.S., 1850-1900

Michael J. Douma, Florida State University

Exceptions of Trade Within an “Empire of Law”: The Uneven Path to Foreign Trade Zones and Other Anomalous Zones in U.S. Foreign Policy since the Mid-Nineteenth Century

Daniel S. Margolies, Virginia Wesleyan College

The Emily Incident and Sino-Anglo-American Trilateral Relations in the Early Nineteenth Century

Li-Fan Lee, National Tsing Hua University

Comment: Eileen Scully, Bennington College


Panel 51: Foreign Influences and Interventions in the Bolivian Revolution of 1952

Chair: Bevan Sewell, University of Nottingham

U.S. Dollars, Mexican Social Science: Indigenous Community Development and Modernization Theory in the Bolivian Andes, 1953-1965

R. Matthew Gildner, University of Texas at Austin

Britain, the United States, and the Bolivian National Revolution

Olivia Saunders, Institute for the Study of the Americas, University of London

Public Relations and the Manipulation of Foreign Policy: U.S. Government Support for the Bolivian Revolution

Joel Wolfe, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Waging the Campaign of Truth: The United States, the Bolivian Revolution, and the Political Culture of Containment

Kevin Young, SUNY Stony Brook

Comment: Ann Zulawski, Smith College


Panel 52: Beyond Containment: George Kennan as Writer and Thinker

Chair: Richard H. Immerman, Temple University

Kennan and the Dilemmas of War Short of War

Kaeten Mistry, University of East Anglia

George Kennan as Courtesan Writer

Hannah Gurman, New York University

George Kennan: An Anti-American Life

David Milne, University of East Anglia

Comment: David A. Mayers, Boston University


Panel 53: Religion and Cold War Foreign Policy

Chair: Andrew Preston, Cambridge University

Sacred Suspicion: Religion, Bureaucratic Culture, and the Origin of the Cold War, 1928-1948

Yvonne Hunter, McMaster University

Cold War, Hot Rights: American Religious Freedom and the Road to Helsinki

Anna Su, Harvard Law School

With God on Their Side: The Catholic Revolution against the Arms Race

Henry Maar, University of California, Santa Barbara

Comment: Seth Jacobs, Boston College


Panel 54: The Global Revolution in the Third World?

Chair: Amy Sayward, Middle Tennessee State University

The First War for Suez: The Muslim Brotherhood, the Free Officers, and the End of Empire in Egypt

Paul Chamberlin, University of Kentucky

The Allure of Globalism: Third Worldism, Non-Alignment, and the Failure of Afro-Asianism

Jeffery Byrne, University of British Columbia

Imagining Nation, State, and Order in the Early Cold War

Ryan Irwin, Yale University

Comment: Mark Atwood Lawrence, University of Texas at Austin


BREAK: 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Sponsored by Alexander Street Press

Coffee and light refreshments served in the Ballroom Foyer, adjacent to the Book Exhibit.


Session VIII: 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM (Panels 55-62)


Panel 55: Choreographing the Cold War: Dance, Revolution, and the U.S. Government

Chair: Penny von Eschen, University of Michigan

Slaves or Masters? The Bolshoi’s Spartacus and the U.S.-Soviet Exchange of 1962

Lauren Erin Brown, Marymount Manhattan College

Choreographing the Middle East: The Martha Graham State Department Tours, 1955, 1967, and 1974

Victoria Phillips Geduld, Barnard College, Columbia University

Race and Revolution: African-American Modern Dance as a Cold War Weapon

Elizabeth Aldrich, Library of Congress

Comment: Penny von Eschen


Panel 56: Roundtable: Revolutions in Relief: American-led Humanitarianism in the Great War Era

Chair: David Ekbladh, Tufts University

The Disaster of War: Civilian Relief and the Meaning of Calamity

Julia Irwin, University of South Florida

“Quaker Liebesgaben” or American “Child-Feeding”: Nationalism and Humanitarian Aid in Austria and Germany, 1919-1921

Tammy M. Proctor, Wittenberg University

Soup Kitchens, Orphanages, and the Making of a Middle Class: American Relief Work in Beirut and Mount Lebanon During World War I

Melanie S. Tanielian, University of California, Berkeley

Humanitarians on Holiday: Everyday Interactions Between Aid Givers and Aid Receivers in Occupied Belgium and the Nature of American Neutrality

Thomas D. Westerman, University of Connecticut

Comment: Branden Little, Weber State University


Panel 57: Colorlines: Routes of Race in the American Trans-nation

Chair: Jenifer Van Vleck, Yale University

The Blackface World: The Global Contours of Nineteenth-Century Minstrelsy

Theresa Runstedtler, University at Buffalo (SUNY)

“Monkey Mad”: Chimp Shows, Race, and the Species Line

Daniel E. Bender, University of Toronto

“Chicago Could be the Vienna of American Fascism”: The Political Culture of Black Anti-Fascism before World War II

Davarian L. Baldwin, Trinity College

Comment: Jenifer Van Vleck


Panel 58: Cuba’s Global Revolution: International Perspectives on the Cold War

Sponsored by the Membership Committee

Chair: David Schmitz, Whitman College

Letting El Jefe in the Hen House: Global Revolution and the Cuban Pavilion at Expo 67

Asa McKercher, University of Cambridge

The Cuban Revolution: Nationalism vs. U.S. Hegemony in the Context of Cold War 1959-1962

Raúl Rodríguez Rodríguez, University of Havana

U.S.-Cuban Relations at the Turning Point: British and Czechoslovak Perspectives

Jaroslav Fiala, Charles University

Comment: Leandro Morgenfeld, University of Buenos Aires and Instituto del Servicio Exterior de la Nación

Daniela Spenser, Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social


Panel 59: Martial Materials. The Quest for Strategic Resources and the Emergence of the Postwar Order

Chair: David S. Painter, Georgetown University

Tribute in Kind? The Marshall Plan and the American Strategic Materials Program

Mats Ingulstad, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

“Friendship May Rise and Wane, but Interests Endure”: Anglo-American Conflict and Cooperation During the Congo Crisis

Alanna O’Malley, European University Institute

Italian, U.S., and French Oil Politics in the Mediterranean during the Algerian War, 1958-1962

Elisabetta Bini, European University Institute

Comment: David S. Painter


Panel 60: Change or Continuity? U.S.-Asia Relations in the Age of Revolution, 1911-89

Chair: J. Garry Clifford, University of Connecticut

When Economics Becomes “High” or Emotional Politics: Japan-U.S. Relations at the End of the Bretton Woods World, 1971-76

Taka Daitoku, Northwestern University

China’s Foreign Relations at Cold War’s End: A Reassessment

Sergey Radchenko, University of Nottingham, Ningbo

“Traitors of Proletarian Internationalism”: North Korean, Indochinese, and Mongolian Reactions to the East European Revolutions in 1989

Balázs Szalontai, East China Normal University

Comment: Thomas W. Zeiler, University of Colorado at Boulder


Panel 61: Food Revolutions: Food Diplomacy during the Age of Revolution, 1776-1840

Chair: Robyn Shotwell Metcalfe, University of Texas at Austin

“So Inconsistent with Those Equitable Principles by Which We Professed to be Governed”: Nova Scotian-Temne Victual Warfare in Sierra Leone

Rachel Herrmann, University of Texas at Austin

Feeding a Revolution: Grain Shortage, Food Sovereignty, and Independence in Venezuela, 1808-1815

Edward Pompeian, College of William and Mary

Tempest in the Rice Pot: Atlantic Appetite and American Agribusiness in Revolutionary Foreign Policy

Denna Clymer, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Comment: Robyn Shotwell Metcalfe


Panel 62: Modernization’s Discontents: Alternate Visions of U.S. Modernization in the Middle East

Chair: Bradley R. Simpson, Princeton University

Building a New Jerusalem: The YMCA Re-envisions Palestine, 1920-1936

Michael Limberg, University of Connecticut

Whose Modernization is it, Anyway? American Books and Modernization in Nasser’s Cairo

Erin Glade, University of Chicago

Competing Visions of Modernization: The Kennedy Administration and Iran

Matthew Shannon, Temple University

A Toast to Progress: The U.S.-Saudi Special Relationship in the 1970s

Paul Reed Baltimore, University of California, Santa Barbara

Comment: Sheyda Jahanbani, University of Kansas



Reception at the Old State House, 800 Main Street, Hartford.

Please join us as we close out the conference with some light refreshments and a tour of Hartford’s Old State House. Tickets are not required and there is no fee to attend.

Walking directions: Exit the hotel to the right onto Columbus Avenue. Cross Grove Street and pass the science museum. Turn left onto State Street and the Old State House is straight ahead up two blocks. It is a 5-10 minute walk.