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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 editor of A Companion to John F. Kennedy (Wiley-Blackwell, 2014), and 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 is Chair of the Presidential Recordings Program (PRP). Within PRP, his work focuses on the recordings of Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon, with a special emphasis on their foreign policies, particularly that involving Vietnam. He formerly directed PRP’s “Digital Classroom Initiative,” a teacher-dedicated portal designed to help secondary-school teachers incorporate the presidential recordings into their learning activities. He is also the former executive editor of AmericanPresident.org.

Selected Publications

A Companion to John F. Kennedy, editor, (Wiley-Blackwell, 2014).

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.

The Presidential Recordings, Digital Edition, co-editor (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2010)

“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

“Teaching With the White House Tapes,” in “Understanding and Teaching the Cold War, ed. Matthew Masur, (University of Wisconsin Press).

“Leaving Vietnam? JFK and the 1000-Man Withdrawal of 1963,” Vietnam, 1963, ed. Pierre Asselin, Edward Miller, and Lien-Hang Nguyen (Cambridge University Press).

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 1965–January 1969 (Charlottesville: 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, associate editor (New York: W.W. Norton), in progress.

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

Selected Course List

The Vietnam War in American Film

America in Vietnam

United States Diplomatic History Since 1914

The Second World War

The Cold War

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