David Engerman elected president of Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations

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David C. Engerman, the Ottilie Springer Professor of History and chair of the department of history, has been elected president of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR).

SHAFR serves as the leading scholarly organization devoted to the history of the engagement of the United States with the rest of the world. It sponsors the journal Diplomatic History, holds annual meetings, and offers a platform for showcasing the activities of the society and its members through its website

The society’s president is elected annually by its members and provides leadership for the organization’s staff and regular functioning, as well as guidance for its long-term intellectual and financial wellbeing. The president also gives a luncheon address at the annual meeting – in Engerman’s case in San Diego June 23-25, 2016. 

“David Engerman’s election as SHAFR President for 2016 confirms his standing as one of the most highly respected scholars of U.S. international history and as a leader of fine character. He is also a delight to work with,” said Thomas “Tim” Borstelmann, SHAFR’s previous president and a professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Engerman is an expert on the international and intellectual history of the Cold War and is the author of two books about Russia/USSR in American life: “Modernization from the Other Shore,” winner of the Stuart Bernath and Akira Iriye book prizes, and “Know your Enemy.” He is currently at work on his next book, “Development Politics: The Economic Cold War in India.”

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