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Marc Selverstone

Portrait of Marc Selverstone

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Marc Selverstone is Chair of the the Presidential Recordings Program and University of Virginia Associate Professor. He joined the Miller Center in November 2000 after receiving his Ph.D. in U.S. Foreign Relations from Ohio University. Previously, he received a masters degree in International Affairs from Columbia University. His interests include U.S. foreign relations post-1945, the culture of the Cold War, and the Vietnam War. He is author of Constructing the Monolith: The United States, Great Britain, and International Communism, 1945–1950 (Harvard University Press, 2009), which won the Stuart L. Bernath Book Prize from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations in 2010. He is presently at work on The Kennedy Withdrawal: Camelot and the American Commitment to Vietnam, which is under contract with Harvard University Press.

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Miller Center Projects

Marc coordinates the work of the Presidential Recordings Program (PRP) and the Presidential Oral History Program (OHP). Within PRP, his work focuses on the recordings of Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, with a special emphasis on their foreign policy, particularly that involving Vietnam. He is part of the team of scholars transcribing and editing the secret White House tapes made by Presidents Kennedy and Johnson. In addition, Marc directs the Presidential Recordings Program’s “Digital Classroom Initiative,” a teacher-dedicated portal which seeks to help secondary school teachers incorporate material from the Program into their learning activities. He is former executive editor of AmericanPresident.org. He is also a co-editor of the University of Virginia Multimedia Guide to the Virginia and U.S. History Standards of Learning, a project co-sponsored by the Miller Center and the Virginia Center for Digital History.

Selected Publications

Constructing the Monolith: The United States, Great Britain, and International Communism, 1945–1950, (Harvard University Press, 2009). Winner of 2010 Stuart L. Bernath Book Prize from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.

“Special Forum: The Politics of Troop Withdrawal,” editor, Diplomatic History 34 (June 2010) 2.

“It’s a Date: Kennedy and the Timetable for a Vietnam Troop Withdrawal,” Diplomatic History 34 (June 2010), 3: 485-495.

“The Historiography of Anti-Communism,” OAH Magazine of History 24, ed. Jeremi Suri (forthcoming, October 2010).

“Window Into the White House,” co-author, Social Education 72 (April 2008), 3: 130-135.

“The Past is More than Prologue: Reflections on the Cold War and the War on Terror,” Passport: The Newsletter of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations vol. 37, no. 1 (April 2006), pp. 4–8.

“JFK Lessons for Iraq,” Boston Globe, March 9, 2006.

“Policy in the Making: A Look Inside the White House at War,” The OAH Magazine of History, October 2004, pp. 63–64.

“Doctrines,” Encyclopedia of American Foreign Policy, 2nd. edition, vol 1, Richard Dean Burns, Alexander DeConde and Fredrik Logevall, eds., (New York: Scribner’s, 2001), pp. 521–41.

In Progress

The Kennedy Withdrawal: Camelot and the American Commitments to Vietnam (under contract, Harvard University Press).

The Presidential Recordings of Lyndon B. Johnson, Digital Edition: Lyndon Johnson and the Vietnam War: Escalation, July 1964–July 1965 (Charlottesville, Va.: University of Virginia Press), co-editor, in progress.

The Presidential Recordings: John F. Kennedy, vol. IV, associate editor (New York: W.W. Norton), in progress.

The Presidential Recordings: John F. Kennedy, vol. V, co-editor (New York: W.W. Norton), in progress.

“Vice President Johnson and the Kennedys,” A Companion to President Lyndon B. Johnson, ed. Mitch Lerner (New York: Wiley-Blackwell, in progress).

Course List

HIUS 352, United States Diplomatic History Since 1914

HIST 352, The Second World War

HIST 353, The Cold War

HIUS 4501D, America in Vietnam

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