Professor Andrew Preston
I specialize in the history of American foreign relations, primarily since 1898. More specifically, my teaching and research interests lie in three main areas: the ideas and concepts that motivate and shape America's behavior in the world at both the elite and popular levels; the mechanics of foreign policymaking in Washington; and the intersections between the national and the international, the foreign and the domestic, including the influence of domestic politics and culture—particularly religion—on the conduct of U.S. foreign policy.
I am currently working on two major projects: I am writing a book on the idea of “national security” in American history, which will be published by Harvard University Press; and co-editing (with Lien-Hang Nguyen) Vol. 2 of the forthcoming 3-volume Cambridge History of the Vietnam War.
I am happy to supervise MPhil and PhD dissertations on most aspects of American political, religious, and foreign relations history in any period since the Civil War.
Please note: I will be on leave in 2020-21 and not accepting any graduate students for that year.
In Part I, Paper 24 ("US History since 1865"). In Part II, Paper 26 ("The American Experience in Vietnam, 1941-1975"). In the MPhil in American History, "Varieties of American Empire" and "Debates in American History and Historiography."
In addition to my scholarly work, I'm a frequent contributor to the Toronto Globe & Mail, and I've also written for the Washington Post, The New Republic, London Review of Books, USA Today, History Today, Boston Globe, New Statesman, Foreign Affairs, and the TLS, among others. I sit on the editorial boards of the journals Modern American History, The Historical Journal, Rhetoric & Public Affairs, and Diplomacy & Statecraft; sit on the Scholarly Advisory Board of the Gilder Lehrman Institute; and am a Distinguished Lecturer of the Organization of American Historians (OAH).
In 2020-21, I am serving a term as President of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR).
With Beth Bailey, I'm the co-editor of a new book series with Cambridge University Press on "Military, War, and Society in Modern American History."
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