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Florida Atlantic University
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U.S. foreign policy, U.S. foreign relations, international relations, U.S.-Iran relations, U.S.-Islamic relations, modern Iran, Muslim women, women's human rights, women's rights, human rights, American foreign relations, Iran
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About Me

I earned my A.B. in History from Vassar College, M.A. in History from the University of Connecticut, and Ph.D. in History from Temple University. I am currently Associate Professor of History at Florida Atlantic University (FAU). I specialize in the history of U.S. foreign relations, with particular attention to the 20th century. My research focuses on U.S. relations with the Islamic world, U.S. relations with Iran, Muslim women’s human rights, transnational history, and human rights and U.S. foreign policy.

My first book, U.S. Foreign Policy and Muslim Women’s Human Rights (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018) was published in November 2017. It explored the integration of American concerns for women’s human rights into U.S. policy towards the Islamic world since the Iranian Revolution. My other publications include book chapters and journal articles on President Harry Truman and the Middle East, the international movement to end female genital mutilation (FGM), U.S. encounters with Saudi gender relations during the first Gulf War, U.S. relations with Iran, and state of the field essays. I have also authored essays for Passport and Town Square 49, as well as several book reviews.

I was an inaugural faculty fellow with FAU’s Peace, Justice, and Human Rights (PJHR) Initiative, and I am currently affiliated with PJHR and FAU’s Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) program. I am the recipient of several grants and honors, including a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Stipend, the Samuel Flagg Bemis Research Grant from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR), the SHAFR Summer Institute, and the Marvin Wachman Fellowship in Force and Diplomacy from the Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy (CENFAD) at Temple University.  I am an active member of SHAFR, as well as several other scholarly organizations.

I have presented papers at numerous scholarly venues, including the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, the Association for Iranian Studies, the Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, the British Academy in London, the New England Historical Association, and the Temple University International History Workshop.  My expertise has been called upon by the media, and I have given many public lectures.

Prior to joining the faculty at FAU in 2014, I was a Visiting Assistant Professor of History at La Salle University in Philadelphia (2010-2011) and an Assistant Professor of History and International Studies at the University of Alaska Anchorage (2011-2014).

I am currently working on a book-length study of U.S. relations with Iran during the first half of the twentieth century, tentatively entitled The Ties of Good Harmony: U.S.-Iran Relations, 1905-1953.

Recent Publications

Peer-Reviewed Monographs

 U.S. Foreign Policy and the Muslim Women’s Human Rights. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018. (appeared in print November 2017) *Nominated for the Myrna F. Bernath Book Award

 Peer-Reviewed Chapters in Edited Volumes

“Foreign Relations and U.S. in the World – A Historiographical Survey,” in Routledge History of the 20th Century United States, eds. Jerald Podair and Darren Dochuk, 161-171. New York: Routledge, 2018. Routledge Handbook Series.

“Truman and the Middle East” in Blackwell Companion to Harry S. Truman, ed. Dan Margolies, 362-388. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing, 2012.

“The Right to Bodily Integrity: Women’s Rights as Human Rights and the International Movement to End Female Genital Mutilation, 1970s-1990s,” in The Human Rights Revolution: An International History, eds. Akira Iriye, Petra Goedde, and William I. Hitchcock, 285-310. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012.

 Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

“’I’m Glad I’m Not a Saudi Woman’: The First Gulf War and U.S. Encounters with Saudi Gender Relations,” Cambridge Review of International Affairs 27, no. 3 (July 2014): 553-573. First published in October 2012 on CRIA’s digital site, iFirst.

“‘Maybe I Can Marry Them Both’: Conflicted American Views on the Algerian War,” Hindsight 1 (Spring 2007): 1-26.

Peer-Reviewed Essays

Forthcoming summer 2018: “U.S.-Iran Relations” in Oxford Research Encyclopedias: American History, ed. Jon Butler. New York: Oxford University Press,

Book and Article Reviews

Book review of Melvyn Leffler, Safeguarding Democratic Capitalism: U.S. Foreign Policy and National Security, 1920-2015 (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2017) for Passport: The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Review (April 2018): 11-14.

Article review of Jason Zeledon, “‘As Proud as Lucifer’: A Tunisian Diplomat in Thomas Jefferson’s America,” Diplomatic History 41:1 (January 2017): 155-183 for H-Diplo, July 14, 2017,“‘-proud-lucifer’-tunisian-diplomat and

Book review of Daniel Sargent, A Superpower Transformed: The Remaking of American Foreign Relations in the 1970s (New York: Oxford, 2015) for Human Rights Quarterly 38, no. 2 (May 2016): 537-539.

Book review of Amy Motlagh, Burying the Beloved: Marriage, Realism, and Reform in Modern Iran (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2012) in “Book Notes,” Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa (ASMEA) website (June 2012):

Book review of Peter L. Hahn, Crisis and Crossfire: The United States and the Middle East Since 1945 (Washington, D.C.: Potomac Books, Inc., 2005) in Strategic Visions: Newsletter for the Center of the Study of Force and Diplomacy @ Temple University 8, no. 1 (Spring 2007): 7.

Book review of Victoria de Grazia, Irresistible Empire: America’s Advance Through 20th-Century Europe (Cambridge, MA: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2005) in Strategic Visions: Newsletter for the Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy @ Temple University 6, no. 2 (Fall 2005): 9.

Other Writing

“The Rosenberg Espionage Trial and Engaged Learning Activities,” online poster, Making Learning Visible, CAFÉ, University of Alaska Anchorage, April 2014,

“The Status of Women in Diplomatic and International History, 2008-2012: Five-Year Follow-Up Report, Prepared by the Committee on Women in SHAFR” by Kelly J. Shannon (co-chair), Laura Belmonte (co-chair), Walter Hixson, Katie Sibley, Kathy Rasmussen, and Shannon Fitzpatrick, Passport: The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Review (January 2014): 61-65.

“The Last Word: SHAFR Is From Mars…,” Passport: The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Review 43, no. 1 (September 2012): 70-71.

Persepolis and the Middle East Today,” 2012 Anchorage Reads Program/Alaska World Affairs Council, February 16, 2012, electronic publication on Town Square 49, KSKA radio/NPR,”persepolis”-and-the-middle-east-today/

“India and the World: Michele Louro Organizes International Workshop at Temple,” Strategic Visions: Newsletter for the Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy @ Temple University 10, no. 2 (Fall 2009): 1-2.

“The Status of Women in Diplomatic and International History: A Report Prepared by the SHAFR Ad Hoc Committee on the Status of Women,” by Frank Costigliola, co-chair; Petra Goedde, co-chair Barbara Keys, Anna K. Nelson, Andrew Rotter, and Kelly Shannon, Passport: The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Review (December 2008): of Women in SHAFR.pdf

“Inside the SHAFR Ad Hoc Committee on Women,” Strategic Visions: Newsletter for the Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy @ Temple University 9, no. 2 (Fall 2008): 2-4.

On Suicide Bombing: Talal Asad’s Visit to Temple,” Strategic Visions: Newsletter for the Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy @ Temple University 9, no. 1 (Spring 2008): 4-5.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States, Iran
Expertise by Geography
Middle East, United States
Expertise by Chronology
Modern, 20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
American Presidents, Colonialism, Diplomacy, Gender, Government, Human Rights, Politics, Rebellion & Revolution, Religion, Women