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William Michael Schmidli
Assistant Professor of History
Bucknell University
68 Coleman Hall
Lewisburg, PA 17837
570-577-3861
w.m.schmidli@bucknell.edu

Academic Year 2014-2015:
Member, School of Historical Studies
Institute for Advanced Study
Princeton, NJ

Education:

2010         Ph.D. Department of History, Cornell University.

                  Major Field: United States History, specializing in U.S. Foreign Relations.

                  Minor Fields: Modern Latin American History & American Political Development.

2007         M.A. Department of History, Cornell University.

2001         B.A. Department of History, Whittier College, magna cum laude.


Current Research Projects

 

2014         “We Win and They Lose: the Reagan Administration’s Project Democracy and the End of the Cold War” (book-length study, currently in the research stage).

 

Publications

 

Books:

 

2013         The Fate of Freedom Elsewhere: Human Rights in U.S. Cold War Policy toward Argentina (Cornell University Press, 2013).

http://www.cornellpress.cornell.edu/book/?GCOI=80140100875520&fa=author&person_id=4911

Refereed Journal Articles:

 

2012         “Human Rights and the Cold War: the Campaign to Halt the Argentine Dirty War,” Cold War History, Vol 12, No 2 (May 2012), 345-365.

 

2012         “‘The Most Sophisticated Intervention We Have Seen’:The Carter Administration and the Nicaraguan Crisis, 1978-1979,”  Diplomacy and Statecraft, Vol. 23, Issue 1 (2012), 66-86.

 

2011          “Institutionalizing Human Rights in United States Foreign Policy: U.S.-Argentine Relations, 1976-1980,” Diplomatic History Vol. 35, No. 2 (April 2011), 351-377.

 

Non-Refereed Articles:

 

2014         “How Activists Changed Washington: America’s Forgotten Human Rights Movement,” ForeignAffairs.com, June 1, 2014.

 

Chapters in Edited Volumes:

 

2013         “Robert C. Hill and the Cold War in Latin America” in Diplomats at War: The American Experience (Martin Nijhoff Press, 2013), 265-283.

 

Reviews:

 

2014         Author’s Response, H-Diplo Roundtable Review, W. M. Schmidli, The Fate of Freedom Elsewhere: Human Rights in U.S. Cold War Policy toward Argentina (Cornell University Press, 2013), Forthcoming 2014.

 

2014         Review of Barbara J. Keys, Reclaiming American Virtue: The Human Rights Revolution of the 1970s (Harvard University Press, 2014), The American Historical Review, Forthcoming 2014.

 

2014         Review of Jessica Stites Mor, Human Rights and Transnational Solidarity in Cold War Latin America (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2013), H-Diplo Roundtable, April 2014.

 

2013         Review of Akira Irye, Petra Goedde, and William I. Hitchcock (eds.), The Human Rights Revolution: An International History (Oxford University Press, 2012), Human Rights Review, Vol. 14, No. 1 (March 2013), 63-65.

 

2012         Review of Tanya Harmer, Allende’s Chile and the Inter-American Cold War (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2011), H-Diplo Roundtable, September 2012.

 

2012         Review of Stefan-Ludwig Hoffmann, ed. Human Rights in the Twentieth Century (Cambridge University Press, 2011), Geschichte.Transnational, May 2012.

 

2012         Review of Stephen G. Rabe The Killing Zone: The United States Wages Cold War in Latin America (Oxford University Press, 2011) and Hal Brands, Latin America’s Cold War (Harvard University Press, 2010), Reviews in American History 40 (2012) 332-338.

 

2011          Review of Natasha Zaretsky, “Restraint of Retreat? The Debate over the Panama Canal Treaties and U.S. Nationalism after Vietnam,” H-Diplo, July 2011.

 

2009         Review of Fred Rosen, ed., Empire and Dissent: The United States and Latin America (Duke University Press, 2008), H-Diplo, January 2009.

 

Conference Presentations and Participation

 

2014         “Democracy Promotion in U.S. Relations with Chile and Nicaragua during the Reagan Administration” presented at the XXXII International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association May 22-24, 2014, Chicago, Illinois.

 

2014         Panel Chair, “Espacios del Recuerdo y Territorializaciones de la Memoria” at the XXXII International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association May 22-24, 2014, Chicago, Illinois.

 

2013         Panel Chair and Commentator, New Transnational Narratives on the Latin American Cold War.” at the Annual Conference of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR), June 20-24, 2013, Arlington, Virginia.

 

2012         Democrats and Double Standards:  The Reagan Administration, Human Rights, and U.S.-Argentine Relations” presented at the Annual Conference of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR), June 28-30, 2012, Hartford, Connecticut.

 

2011          “Borrador para la Represión: Evaluando las Relaciones Estados Unidos-Argentina en la Era de la Contrainsurgencia” presented at the XVI Congreso de la Asociación de Historiadores Latinoamericanistas Europeos, September 8-9, 2011, San Fernando-Cadíz, Spain.

 

2011          Panel Chair and Commentator, “Conflicting Desires: American Commitment to AID and Human Rights during the Cold War, 1945-1985,” at the Annual Conference of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR), June 23-26, 2011, Alexandria, Virginia.

 

2011          “Counterinsurgency on the Pampas: U.S.-Argentine Military Relations, 1960-1970” presented at the Annual Conference of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR), June 23-26, 2011, Alexandria, Virginia.

 

2011          “Olga Talamante, Human Rights, and the Argentine Dirty War,” presented at the Bucknell University Latin American Studies Lecture Series, March 31, 2011, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. 

 

2010         “Human Rights and the Cold War: the Campaign to Halt the Argentine Dirty War,” presented at the 2010 European Summer School on Cold War History, September 1-4, 2010, organized by the London School of Economics Cold War Studies Programme and the Istituto Italiano di Scienze Umane, Forlí, Italy.

 

2009         “‘An Out and Out War’: Institutionalizing Human Rights in U.S. Foreign Policy, 1968-1976,” presented at the Annual Conference of the Social Science History Association (SSHA), November 12-15, 2009, Long Beach, California.

 

2009         “Human Rights, U.S. Foreign Policy, and the War on Terror” presented at the Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies, April 9, 2009, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.

 

2008        Competition, Collaboration, and Human Rights: The “Third World War” and U.S.-Argentine Relations, 1976-1980” presented at the Annual Conference of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR), June 26-28, 2008, the Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio.

 

2007         “Complicating Matters: Carter, Human Rights, and Contested Visions of U.S. Policy toward Argentina in the 1970s” presented at the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) Annual Conference, September 5-8, 2007, Montreal, Canada.

 

2006         “Carter and the Nicaraguan Mediation, 1978-1979” presented at the Annual Conference of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR), June 23-25, 2006, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas.

 

2006         “Carter’s Role in the 1978 Nicaraguan Mediation Talks Prior to the Sandinista Takeover” presented at the conference, From Helsinki to Gorbachev, 1975-1985: The Globalization of the Bipolar Confrontation, April 27-29, 2006, Organized by the Machiavelli Center for Cold War Studies (CIMA) and Co-sponsored by the Cold War International History Project, Artimino, Italy.

 

Select Grants, Honors and Awards

 

2014-2015     Residency Fellowship, School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ

 

2014         Faculty Scholarship Support Grant, Bucknell Institute for Public Policy, Bucknell University.

 

2014         Selected as one of the three “Best Books of 2013 on the Western Hemisphere,” Foreign Affairs, for W. M. Schmidli, The Fate of Freedom Elsewhere: Human Rights in U.S. Cold War Policy toward Argentina (Cornell University Press, 2013).  

 

2012         Honorable Mention, the Stuart L. Bernath Article Prize Competition, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR), for W. M. Schmidli, “Institutionalizing Human Rights in United States Foreign Policy: U.S.-Argentine Relations, 1976-1980,” Diplomatic History Vol. 35, No. 2 (April 2011), 351-377. 

 

2012         William Appleman Williams Junior Faculty Research Grant, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR). 

 

2011          International Research Travel Grant, Bucknell University.

 

Teaching Experience

Bucknell University, Assistant Professor, Spring 2010-Present:


History 113: Introduction to U.S. History III.

 

History 214: The United States and the World, 1945 to the Present.

 

History 222: United States History, 1940s to the Present.

 

History 225: The United Kingdom, the United States, and the Making of the Global Economy (Bucknell in London Program)

 

History 239: “The Tough Fibre of the Londoners”: London at War from World War I to the Cold War (Bucknell in London Program)

 

History 282: Modern Latin America.

 

History 311: Themes in U.S. Foreign Policy, 1919-2001.

 

History 311: Themes in U.S. Foreign Policy—The Age of Reagan.

 

History 311: The United States and Latin America, 1945 to the Present.

 

History 311: Human Rights in U.S. Foreign Policy.

 

History 316: Independent Study.

 

History 350: Senior Honors Thesis.