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US Naval War College
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Cold War international history, US foreign policy, Soviet Union, Latin America, War on Drugs
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About Me

I am currently an assistant professor in the Department of Strategy and Policy at the US Naval War College. I earned my Ph.D. in History at the University of Texas at Austin, an M.A. in History at the California State University Northridge, and a B.A. in History at University of California at Santa Cruz. I transferred to UCSC as a junior after attending Los Angeles Pierce College. I have been a research scholar with the Kennan Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and a Dickey Center and Dean of the Faculty Postdoctoral Fellow in International Security and US Foreign Policy at Dartmouth College.

My research interests are in the global history of the Cold War, with an emphasis on triangular relations between the United States, the Soviet Union, and the countries of Latin America. My first book was a short narrative history of the Cuban Missile Crisis (published as Michelle Getchell), and I am currently working on a history of the War on Drugs in the Reagan and Bush years. My publications are available on my website. I believe the obligation of the historian is to serve the public, not the profession.


Recent Publications

The Cuban Missile Crisis and the Cold War: A Short History with Documents (Cambridge/Indianapolis: Hackett, 2018)

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
Caribbean, Central America, Latin America, Russia, United States
Expertise by Chronology
20th century
Expertise by Topic
Colonialism, Diplomacy, Government, Human Rights, Military, Politics, Public History, Rebellion & Revolution