Richard H. Immerman

Richard H. Immerman

RICHARD H. IMMERMAN (Ph.D., Boston College). Edward J. Buthusiem Family Distinguished Faculty Fellow and and Department Chair; Director of the Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy. Waging Peace Endnotes.

 Research and Teaching Interests: Twentieth-Century United States; Diplomatic History.

Dwight David Eisenhower Personal Statement: My research focuses on the history of United States foreign relations, primarily but not exclusively since World War II. A significant proportion of my scholarship has concentrated on the presidential administration of Dwight D. Eisenhower. I have, for example, examined the overthrow of the Arbenz government in Guatemala, and I have written from a variety of perspectives on American policy toward Vietnam during the 1950s. Over time, however, my scholarship became less regionally oriented. With Robert Bowie, Eisenhower's assistant secretary of state for policy planning, I wrote Waging Peace, a study of the evolution of the New Look strategy. I completed a diplomatic biography, John Foster Dulles: Piety, Pragmatism, and Power in U.S. Foreign Policy. Of late I have returned to my earlier interests in the Central Intelligence Agency by writing a brief history of the "Company," and I am embarking on a project that examines the foreign policies of Jimmy Carter. While researching these projects, I developed particular interests in the process of decision-making and the president's relation with his advisors, the role of intelligence in the formulation of policy, and the application of psychological theory to international behavior. My graduate courses stress these interests, although I encourage students to investigate all aspects of U.S. foreign relations.

[publications] Representative Publications:

 John Foster Dulles: Piety, Pragmatism, and Power in U.S. Foreign Policy (1999).

Waging Peace EndnotesCo-author (with Robert R. Bowie), Waging Peace: How Eisenhower Shaped an Enduring Cold War Strategy (1998).

"'A Time in the Tide of Men's Affairs': Lyndon Johnson and Vietnam," in Warren Cohen and Nancy Tucker, eds., Lyndon Johnson Confronts the World: American Foreign Policy, 1963-1968 (1994).

 Co-author (with Fred I. Greenstein), "What Did Eisenhower Tell Kennedy about Indochina? The Politics of Misperception," The Journal of American History (September 1992).

 Editor, John Foster Dulles and the Diplomacy of the Cold War: A Reappraisal (1990).

 "Psychology," Journal of American History (1990).

 "Confessions of an Eisenhower Revisionist: An Agonizing Reappraisal," Diplomatic History (1990).

 Co-author (with George Herring), "Eisenhower, Dulles, and Dienbienphu: The 'Day We Didn't Go to War Revisited'," Journal of American History (1984).

The CIA in Guatemala: The Foreign Policy of Intervention (1982).

Spring 2000

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