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Marc Selverstone

Associate Professor and Chair of the Presidential Recordings Program

Fast Facts

  • Chair of the Presidential Recordings Program
  • Won the Bernath Book Prize for Constructing the Monolith: The United States, Great Britain, and International Communism, 1945-1950.
  • Expertise on John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, the Vietnam War

 

Areas Of Expertise

  • Foreign Affairs
  • American Defense and Security
  • Politics
  • The Presidency

Marc Selverstone is an associate professor in Presidential Studies at the Miller Center and chair of the Center’s Presidential Recordings Program. He earned a BA degree in philosophy from Trinity College (CT), a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University, and a PhD in history from Ohio University. A historian of the Cold War, he is the author of Constructing the Monolith: The United States, Great Britain, and International Communism, 1945-1950 (Harvard), which won the Stuart L. Bernath Book Prize from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.

As chair of the Recordings Program, Selverstone edits the secret White House tapes of Presidents John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Richard M. Nixon. He is the general editor of The Presidential Recordings Digital Edition, the primary online portal for transcripts of the tapes, published by the University of Virginia Press.

Selverstone’s broader scholarship focuses on presidents and presidential decision-making, particularly during the 1960s and 1970s. He has written for journals and edited volumes on the Kennedy presidency, the Cold War, and the American war in Vietnam. He also edits the Miller Center’s “Studies on the Presidency” series (Virginia), and is the editor of A Companion to John F. Kennedy (Wiley-Blackwell). His most recent book is The Kennedy Withdrawal: Camelot and the American Commitment to Vietnam (Harvard University Press).

 

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"Ukraine is significantly more important to America's allies than Cuba was," said Marc Selverstone, a Cold War historian and chair of the Presidential Recordings Program at the University of Virginia's Miller Center.
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It's the 60th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis and the threat of nuclear catastrophe could be as serious today as it was back then. KCBS Radio news anchor Melissa Culross spoke with Marc Selverstone, associate professor and chair of the Presidential Recordings Program at the University of Virginia's Miller Center.
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University of Virginia Miller Center Presidential Recordings Program Chair Marc Selverstone discussed the 60th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis.
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Experts including Marc Selverstone, chair of the Presidential Recordings Program at the University of Virginia's Miller Center, discuss Richard Nixon’s overlooked efforts to curb the spread of the world’s weapons of mass destruction.
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Delve into even more "secret tapes" from President Lyndon Johnson's time in the White House.
“In terms of fighting words, it’s about as dramatic as you get,” says Marc Selverstone, an associate professor in presidential studies at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center. “You would think that in this circumstance, that's a word that President Biden would have reached for.”
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