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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

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I study national security strategy, diplomatic history, and international relations, and my current research focuses on the evolving significance of human rights, democracy promotion, and transnational advocacy networks from the Cold War to the present. I have published articles in Diplomatic History, Cold War History, and Diplomacy and Statecraft, and my first book, The Fate of Freedom Elsewhere: Human Rights an U.S. Cold War Policy toward Argentina (Cornell University Press, 2013) was awarded the “Best Books of 2013 on the Western Hemisphere” by the journal Foreign Affairs. During academic year 2014-2015, I held a residential fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, where I conducted research on my current book-in-progress, an analysis of democracy promotion in U.S. national security policy since the 1980s.

Education

 

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

                  Major Field: United States History, specializing in U.S. Foreign Relations (advisor: Fredrik Logevall).

                  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).

 

Publications

 Books:

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

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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:

 2016         Review of Robert Hutchings and Jeremi Suri, eds., Foreign Policy Breakthroughs: Cases in Successful Diplomacy (Oxford University Press, 2015), Passport: The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Review [forthcoming].

 2015          Review of Barbara J. Keys, Reclaiming American Virtue: The Human Rights Revolution of the 1970s (Harvard University Press, 2014), The American Historical Review, (February 2015), 296-297.

 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), 2014.

 2014         Review of Jessica Stites Mor, ed. 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 

2015          Discussant, “New Approaches to Hegemonic Power: Argentina, Chile, and the United States, 1960-1980” at the Annual Conference of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR), June 25-27, 2015, Arlington, VA.

 2015          Panel Chair, “Conservative Democratization and the Cold War” at the Annual Conference of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR), June 25-27, 2015, Arlington, VA.

 2015          “Human Rights and Democracy Promotion in U.S. Foreign Relations, 1977-1989” presented to the Modern International Relations Seminar at the Institute for Advanced Study, January 21, 2015, Princeton, New Jersey. 

 2014         “Human Rights and the ‘Gaucho Archipelago’: Argentina Solidarity Activism in the United States” presented at the Empire and Solidarity in the Americas Conference, October 24-25, 2014, New Orleans, Louisiana.

 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 Discussant, 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 Discussant, “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.

 

Grants, Honors and Awards 

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

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

2014         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.

 2010         Research Grant, Bucknell University.

 2008        Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. Research Fellowship, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library.

  

Teaching Experience

 Bucknell University, Assistant Professor, Spring 2010-Present:

 100-Level Courses:

America at War

 Introduction to U.S. History III.

 200-Level Courses

The United States and the World, 1945 to the Present

 United States History, 1940s to the Present

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

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

 Modern Latin America

 300-Level Courses

Themes in U.S. Foreign Policy, 1919-2001

 The Age of Reagan

 Democracy Promotion

 The United States and Latin America, 1945 to the Present

 Human Rights in U.S. Foreign Policy

 Independent Study

 Senior Honors Thesis