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Frank Costigliola, D.Phil. - University of Connecticut. Storrs, CT, US

Frank Costigliola, D.Phil. Frank Costigliola, D.Phil.

Distinguished Professor, Department of History | University of Connecticut

Storrs, CT, UNITED STATES

Distinguished Professor specializing in modern history, United States foreign relations, and the United States in the 20th century.

Biography

Frank Costigliola grew up in Spring Valley, New York, the son of Italian immigrants who for economic reasons had to drop out of school after the fifth grade. At the age of 25, he completed his Ph.D. from Cornell and became an assistant professor at the University of Rhode Island. His first year at URI, he began carving a homestead out of 20 acres of woodland, clearing land for a garden and pasture for a milk cow and steers. He helped build first a yurt, then a house, barn, and other outbuildings. He has been at UConn since 1998.

Costigliola’s first book, Awkward Dominion: American Political, Economic, and Cultural Relations with Europe, 1919-33, helped introduce culture as a topic in foreign relations history. His second book, France and the United States: The Cold Alliance since World War II, also dealt with the intersection of cultural with political and economic relations while suggesting how nations and their policies could be gendered as a way of valorizing or delegitimating them. His third book, Roosevelt’s Lost Alliances: How Personal Politics Helped Start the Cold War, explored the intersection of personal and political relations, and the role of emotions, in the diplomacy of the Allied leaders who won World War II and then lost the peace.

Costigliola has lectured throughout the United States and Europe and has received fellowships from the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Norwegian Nobel Institute, and the University of Connecticut Humanities Institute. In 2009 he served as president of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.

Areas of Expertise (6)

Modern History American History Twentieth Century History U.S. Foreign Relations History Historical Political Figures

Education (3)

Cornell University: Ph.D. 1973

Hamilton College: B.A 1968

Universtat Munchen: B.A 1966

Affiliations (2)

  • Historical Review Panel of the Central Intelligence Agency [advises Director of CIA on CIA’s declassification programs]
  • Invited consultant to Department of State Policy Planning Staff

Accomplishments (18)

Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor (professional)

2016

UConn Humanities Institute Fellowship (professional)

2014-2015

Institute for Advanced Study Director's Visitor (professional)

2011

Institute for Advanced Study/National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship (professional)

2009-2010

UConn Humanities Institute Fellowship (professional)

2009-2010

President, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (professional)

2009

UConn Chancellor’s Excellence in Research Award (professional)

2002

UConn Humanities Institute Fellowship (professional)

2002-2003

UConn Alumni Assn Excellence in Research Award (professional)

2002

Nobel Institute Fellowship (Oslo) (professional)

1999

Guggenheim Fellowship (professional)

1995-1996

Harvard Warren Center (professional)

1995-1996

NATO Fellowship (professional)

1994-1995

Harry S Truman Library (professional)

1994

Lyndon B. Johnson Foundation Grant Research (professional)

1992

National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship (professional)

1986-1987

National Endowment for the Arts Grant (professional)

1982

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Fellowship (professional)

1977

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Media Appearances (3)

Here's Every Time Russian or Soviet Spies Tried to Interfere in US Elections. How Does 2016 Compare?

Politifact  

2017-06-20

"Now who knows if Russia didn’t somehow fund one candidate or another," said Frank Costigliola, a history professor at the University of Connecticut. "But it’s unknown."...

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What Would Kennan Say to Obama?

The New York Times  

2014-02-27

“I don’t really even need George Kennan right now,” Barack Obama volunteered to David Remnick in a recent interview. Obama got it wrong. He, and we as a nation, do need Mr. Kennan now, as much as at the dawn of the Cold War...

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'Roosevelt’s Lost Alliances' by Frank Costigliola

The Boston Globe  

2011-12-25

Franklin Roosevelt’s dozen years as president saw him battle the Great Depression, Imperial Japan, and Nazi Germany. In Frank Costigliola’s view, Roosevelt was necessary for one more imposing task: preventing the Cold War. The tragedy was that FDR did not live long enough to complete it...

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Articles (7)

“Personal Dynamics and Presidential Transitions: The Case of Roosevelt and Truman” Cornell University Press, 2015

Brian Balogh and Bruce J. Schulman

2015

“Roosevelt’s Body and National Power,” Duke University Press

Emily S. Rosenberg

2014

“Kennan Encounters Russia, 1933-37,” Routledge

Choi Chatterjee and Beth Holmgren

2013

“Pamela Churchill, Wartime London, and the Making of the Special Relationship Diplomatic History

2012

“Archibald Clark Kerr, Averell Harriman, and the Fate of the Wartime Alliance,” Journal of Transatlantic Studies

2011

“After Roosevelt’s Death: Dangerous Emotions, Divisive Discourses, and the Abandoned Alliance,” Diplomatic History

2010

“The Foreign Policy of Kennedy and Johnson in the Cold War” Cambridge History of the Cold War

Odd Arne Westad and Melvyn P. Leffler

2010

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