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Jeremi Suri

Professor Ph.D. in History, 2001, Yale University

Professor; Mack Brown Distinguished Chair for Leadership in Global Affairs
Jeremi Suri

Contact

  • Phone: 512-475-7242
  • Office: GAR 2.122/ SRH 3.378
  • Office Hours: Fall 2014: TH 1:15-2:30 a.m. in GAR 2.122; W 11 a.m.-12 p.m. in SRH 3.378
  • Campus Mail Code: B7000

Biography

I am an international historian of the modern world, fascinated by the connections between peoples, ideas, and societies. My work focuses on policy-making, governance, social movements, and cultural (mis)understandings.

 

Research interests

The formation and spread of nation-states; the emergence of modern international relations; the connections between foreign policy and domestic politics; the rise of knowledge institutions as global actors.

 

Courses taught

International History since 1898; The Past and Future of Global Strategy; American Foreign Relations

 

Awards, Honors

Recognized as one of "America's Top Young Innovators" by Smithsonian Magazine; Class of 1955 Distinguished Teaching Award, University of Wisconsin

 

Publications

Liberty’s Surest Guardian: American Nation-Building from the Founders to Obama (Simon and Schuster, 2011)
        Suri's webpage for Liberty's Surest Guardian
American Foreign Relations since 1898 (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010)
Henry Kissinger and the American Century (Harvard, 2007)
The Global Revolutions of 1968 (Norton, 2007)
Power and Protest: Global Revolution and the Rise of Detente (Harvard, 2003)

HIS 381 • Glbl Challng: Strat/Law/Diplom

39825 • Fall 2014
Meets W 200pm-500pm SRH 3.221
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This course will examine how leaders formulate a coherent and effective strategy for policy-making in a complex and unpredictable global environment. Readings and discussions will focus on planning, organization, persuasion, and adaptation to changing international pressures. The course will focus on case-studies in leadership, as well as broader studies of global change in the modern world. Students should gain a greater appreciation for what it means to be an effective strategist, policy-maker, and agenda-setter. They should also acquire a certain humility about the difficulties involved with fulfilling these often inhuman tasks.

HIS 315L • The United States Since 1865

39695 • Spring 2014
Meets TTH 800am-930am BUR 106
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This course is designed to provide students with a grounding in some of the most controversial, enduring, and relevant topics in the history of the United States, broadly defined. Students will read a wide range of monographs and primary source materials. Lectures and discussions will encourage students to compare and contrast various points of view, and interrogate broad historical transformations since the Civil War. The course will emphasize intensive reading, analytical writing, and critical thinking. The instructor and teaching assistants will, at all times, encourage students to articulate different points of view. Our central purpose is to stimulate informed, thoughtful, and intelligent perspectives on the American experience. This includes close attention to politics, society, culture, economy, diplomacy, and military affairs. It also includes an international and transnational understanding of how Americans have interacted historically with those defined as non-Americans. Instead of comprehensiveness and textbook detail, this will be a course about big ideas, big transformations, and big debates – that continue into the twenty-first century. We will not strive for consensus or agreement in this course; we will nurture learned discussion and collective engagement with the complexities of our society’s history.

Texts:

Foner, Eric. Voices of Freedom: A Documentary History, Volume 2, Third Edition(New York: W.W. Norton, 2010).

Hahn, Steven. A Nation Under Our Feet: Black Political Struggles in the Rural Southfrom Slavery to the Great Migration (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard UniversityPress, 2005).

Lassiter, Matthew D. The Silent Majority: Suburban Politics in the Sunbelt(Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2007).

Leffler, Melvyn P. The Specter of Communism: The United States and the Origins of theCold War, 1917-1953 (New York: Hill and Wang, 1994).

McGerr, Michael. A Fierce Discontent: The Rise and Fall of the Progressive Movementin America, 1870-1920 (New York: Oxford University Press, 2005).

McPherson, James M. Abraham Lincoln and the Second American Revolution(New York: Oxford University Press, 1992).

Suri, Jeremi. Power and Protest: Global Revolution and the Rise of Détente(Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2005).

Grading:

Weekly Response Essays:                  20%

Document Analysis:                           20%

                                    Examination #1:                                  20%

                                    Examination #2:                                  30%

                                    Lecture Attendance:                            10%

 

HIS 381 • Universities & National Policy

40200 • Spring 2014
Meets W 200pm-500pm SRH 3.124
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Universities have played a critical role in the emergence of the United States as a world power, and the projection of that power at home and abroad. Universities have trained powerful national actors, they have pioneered policy-relevant fields of knowledge, and they have legitimized particular modes of policy-making. This course (a reading seminar) will examine the intersection between the history of American higher education and the changes in America's global standing since the nineteenth century. How have universities helped increase the power and wealth of the United States? How have they shaped American priorities and blindspots? The course will also examine how this history should inform future higher education and national policy-making. What role should universities play in the future evolution of American government, economy, and foreign policy? How should universities govern themselves to maximize their positive impacts?

HIS 381 • Strat/Decisn-Makg In Glob Pol

40085 • Fall 2013
Meets T 900am-1200pm SRH 3.124
show description

This course (reading seminar) will examine how leaders formulate a coherent and effective strategy for policy-making in a complex and unpredictable global environment. Readings and discussions will focus on planning, organization, persuasion, and adaptation to changing international pressures. The course will focus on case-studies in leadership, as well as broader studies of global change in the modern world. Students should gain a greater appreciation for what it means to be an effective strategist, policy-maker, and agenda-setter. They should also acquire a certain humility about the difficulties involved with fulfilling these often inhuman tasks.

HIS 381 • Strat/Ideas/Statcrft: Amer Exp

39780 • Spring 2013
Meets T 900am-1200pm SRH 3.124
(also listed as GOV 388L, MES 384 )
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*Co-taught with Dr. Peter Trubowitz*

Course Description

This seminar examines the sources, implementation, and consequences of American foreign policy strategy. Drawing on the work of historians and political scientists, we will explore how geopolitics, domestic politics, and strategic ideas have shaped America’s international priorities and policy practice. To this end, the seminar will focus on several critical junctures in the American experience to consider how new understandings of the nation’s international purposes arise, and the contours of debates over how best to pursue them. A portion of the course will be set aside to examine contemporary visions of the evolving geopolitical landscape and what these visions mean for U.S. statecraft in the present and near future.

 

Course requirements

Weekly seminar participation Two 5-page reaction papers and weekly Blackboard postings 10 page research proposal or policy brief
 Take home final exam    

 

Course readings

John Lewis Gaddis, Strategies of Containment


James Goldgeier and Derek Chollet, Between the Wars

Jeffrey Legro, Rethinking the World


Edward Luce, Time to Start Thinking


Charles Kupchan, No One’s World

James Mann, Rise of the Vulcans

John Mearsheimer, Tragedy of Great Power Politics

Christopher McKight Nichols, Promise and Peril

Jeremi Suri, Henry Kissinger and the American Century

Marc Trachtenberg, The Craft of International History

Peter Trubowitz, Politics and Strategy
  

HIS 315L • The United States Since 1865

39180 • Fall 2012
Meets TTH 800am-930am SAC 1.402
show description

This course is designed to provide students with a grounding in some of the mostcontroversial, enduring, and relevant topics in the history of the United States, broadly defined.Students will read a wide range of monographs and primary source materials. Lectures anddiscussions will encourage students to compare and contrast various points of view, and interrogatebroad historical transformations since the Civil War. The course will emphasize intensive reading,analytical writing, and critical thinking. The instructor and teaching assistants will, at all times,encourage students to articulate different points of view. Our central purpose is to stimulateinformed, thoughtful, and intelligent perspectives on the American experience. This includes closeattention to politics, society, culture, economy, diplomacy, and military affairs. It also includes aninternational and transnational understanding of how Americans have interacted historically withthose defined as non-Americans. Instead of comprehensiveness and textbook detail, this will be acourse about big ideas, big transformations, and big debates – that continue into the twenty-firstcentury. We will not strive for consensus or agreement in this course; we will nurture learneddiscussion and collective engagement with the complexities of our society’s history.

Grading:

Weekly Response Essays: 20%Document Analysis: 20%Examination #1: 20%Examination #2: 30%Lecture Attendance: 10%

Texts:

Foner, Eric. Voices of Freedom: A Documentary History, Volume 2, Third Edition(New York: W.W. Norton, 2010).

Hahn, Steven. A Nation Under Our Feet: Black Political Struggles in the Rural Southfrom Slavery to the Great Migration (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard UniversityPress, 2005).

Lassiter, Matthew D. The Silent Majority: Suburban Politics in the Sunbelt(Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2007).

Leffler, Melvyn P. The Specter of Communism: The United States and the Origins of theCold War, 1917-1953 (New York: Hill and Wang, 1994).

McGerr, Michael. A Fierce Discontent: The Rise and Fall of the Progressive Movementin America, 1870-1920 (New York: Oxford University Press, 2005).

McPherson, James M. Abraham Lincoln and the Second American Revolution(New York: Oxford University Press, 1992).

Suri, Jeremi. Power and Protest: Global Revolution and the Rise of Détente(Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2005).

HIS 381 • Internatl History Since 1898

39655 • Spring 2012
Meets M 900am-1200pm GAR 1.122
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This reading course will examine historical scholarship on the major international phenomena and events that transformed multiple societies across the twentieth century. Topics will include globalization, industrial capitalism, total war, economic depression, fascism, communism, Cold War, decolonization, post-industrial capitalism, and terrorism. The course will analyze how different societies and regions experienced common phenomena and events in diverse ways. The course will also interrogate legacies, memories, myths, and lingering traumas.

HIS 381 • Strat/Decisn-Makg In Glob Pol

39658 • Spring 2012
Meets T 900am-1200pm SRH 3.124
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Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of the graduate adviser. 


May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

 

Publications

American Foreign Relations since 1898 (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010)

How do We Talk to One Another? The Future of Diplomacy

Read this article: Global Brief Magazine (Spring/Summer 2011), 14-18.

Henry Kissinger and American Foreign Policy

Read this article: History Now 27 (March 2011).

Conflict and Cooperation in the Cold War: New Directions in Research

Read this article: Journal of Contemporary History 46 (January 2011), 5-9.

Where are the Kissingers for the 21st Century?

Read this article: Global Brief (Winter 2010), 32-35.

Disarmament Attempts Past: Successes and Failures

Read this article: U.S. Department of State ejournal 15 (February 2010), 20-24.

Orphaned Diplomats: The American Struggle to Match Diplomacy with Power

Read this article: in The Prudent Use of Power (Tobin Project, 2010), 13-30.

American Grand Strategy After the Cold War’s End to 9/11

Read this article: Orbis 53 (Fall 2009), 611-27.

The Rise and Fall of an International Counterculture, 1960–1975

…Existential angst was not unique to the period, but it became pervasive in a context of heightened promises about a better life and strong fears about the political implications of social deviance. Ideological competition in the Cold War encouraged citizens to look beyond material factors alone, and to seek a deeper meaning in their daily activities.

Read this article:  The American Historical Review, 114:45–68, February 2009

Henry Kissinger, the American Dream, and the Jewish Immigrant Experience in the Cold War

Read this article:  Diplomatic History 32 (November 2008), 719-47.

Nuclear Weapons and the Escalation of Global Conflict since 1945

Read this article: International Journal 63 (Autumn 2008), 1013-29.

Détente and Human Rights: American and West European Perspectives on International Change

Read this article: Cold War History 8 (November 2008), 527-45.

The Nukes of October: Richard Nixon’s Secret Plan to Bring Peace to Vietnam

On the morning of October 27, 1969, a squadron of 18 B-52s — massive bombers with eight turbo engines and 185-foot wingspans — began racing from the western US toward the eastern border of the Soviet Union…Codenamed Giant Lance, [President] Nixon’s plan was the culmination of a strategy of premeditated madness he had developed with national security adviser Henry Kissinger.

Read full article at wired.com (25 Oct 2008) …

Henry Kissinger’s Lessons for George W. Bush

Although Kissinger’s insights from fighting the Vietnam War have not helped in Iraq, his maneuvers with China do provide a model for navigating relations with Iran. Here is a roadmap for President Bush and Kissinger’s closest contemporary counterpart, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, to begin their historic opening to Iran.

Read more at History News Network (July, 20, 2007)

The Cold War, Decolonization, and Global Social Awakenings: Historical Intersections

Read this article: Cold War History 6 (August 2006), 353-63.

The Promise and Failure of ‘Developed Socialism:’ The Soviet ‘Thaw’ and the Crucible of the Prague Spring, 1964-1972

Read this article: Contemporary European History 15 (May 2006), 133-58.

The world the superpowers made

The devastation of Europe and Asia in 1945 left two states with inordinate influence on the future course of international affairs – the United States and the Soviet Union. These were the only two countries to emerge from the Second World War stronger than before they entered it. They had mobilised their vast resources for maximum effect: building more weapons and placing more citizens under arms than ever before in either nation’s history. They had also expanded their territorial control and influence far beyond previous limits. When US President Harry Truman and Soviet General Secretary Josef Stalin met in Potsdam, Germany in July 1945 most observers recognised that the decisions of these two men would determine the future course of world history.

Read more at History in Focus (Spring 2006)

Non-Governmental Organizations and Non-State Actors

From Palgrave Advances in International History, ed. Patrick Finney (2005)

The Cultural Contradictions of Cold War Education: The Case of West Berlin

Read this article: Cold War History 4 (April 2004), 1-20.

Reinventing NASA, Part Two: ‘New frontiers’ and the tempests along the way

Historians will look back on early 2004 as a momentous period in the life of our universe. The landing of two exploratory vehicles on Mars and President Bush’s speech at NASA headquarters indicate that the world has embarked on a new age of exploration…At first glance, Bush’s words evoke parallels with President John F. Kennedy’s muscular rhetoric in the early 1960s.

Read more at San Francisco Chronicle (February 1, 2004, page D-5)

Explaining the End of the Cold War: A New Historical Consensus?

Read this article: Journal of Cold War Studies 4 (Fall 2002), 60-92.

America’s Search for a Technological Solution to the Arms Race: The Surprise Attack Conference of 1958 and a Challenge for “Eisenhower Revisionists”

Read this article: Diplomatic History 21 (Summer 1997), 417-51.

Co-taught Courses

HIS 381 | The Long Cold War, 1919-1991

THIS COURSE IS CO-TAUGHT: ROBERT HUTCHINGS and JEREMI SURI

The Cold War continues to influence contemporary global politics and policy-making. The institutions that govern our world today from domestic national security structures to international organizations like the UN, NATO, and even international financial institutions were largely shaped by the Cold War. Our ways of understanding international relations were likewise influenced by the omnipresence of military threats, real or imagined, to our security and well-being, which may help explain the over-militarized U.S. response to many post-Cold War security challenges.Today's students and policy-makers must understand the key elements of the Cold War in order to manage contemporary institutions and challenges. This seminar will study the "long history of the Cold War," going back to the early twentieth century and up to the present, for the purpose of illuminating powerful political, economic, social, cultural, and ideological dynamics that continue to shape global power. The course will seek to offer knowledge of origins, an appreciation for inherited legacies, and a recognition of often overlooked opportunities, born of prior experiences. As a whole, this course will use close historical analysis to build a foundation for looking to the future of domestic and especially foreign policy.

Unique: 39650
Meets W 200pm-500pm SRH 3.316
(also listed as REE 385)



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