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Richard H. Immerman

U.S. Foreign Policy, 20th-Century U.S.

The Edward J. Buthusiem Distinguished Faculty Fellow in History and Marvin Wachman Director of Temple's Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy, I am a historian of U.S. foreign relations who concentrates on the Cold War and, recently, intelligence. I also formerly served as an Assistant Deputy Director of National Intelligence and currently chair the Historical Advisory Committee to the Department of State.

These interests and experiences shape both my research and my teaching. My books range from The CIA in Guatemala: The Foreign Policy of Intervention to Waging Peace: How Eisenhower Shaped an Enduring Cold War Strategy to Empire for Liberty: A History of U.S. Imperialism from Benjamin Franklin to Paul Wolfowitz. In 2013 the Oxford Handbook of the Cold War, which I co-edited with Petra Goedde, came out, and my The Hidden Hand: A Brief History of the CIA was published in 2014. My next project will examine the rocky relationship between Richard Nixon and national intelligence.

My teaching draws extensively on my research. Among the undergraduate courses I teach are “The American Empire,” “Rise to Globalism,” the Vietnam War, “Superpower America,” and Grand Strategy. My graduate courses focus primarily on the historiography of U.S. foreign relations, normally alternating between a readings seminar that covers the Revolutionary Era through World War and one that focuses on the Cold War and its aftermath. In spring 2014 I am teaching Intelligence and US Foreign Policy at the Army War College.