I'm a historian of U.S. foreign relations history, with special interests in U.S.-Israeli relations, the U.S. and Africa, and the influence of non-state actors in international relations. In my research, I examine the roles of non-state actors (particularly labor unions), ideas about modernization and development, and racial and ethnic categories in international relations and foreign policies. My teaching interests include U.S. domestic and foreign relations history, African-American history, histories of free struggles and state-building in the Afro-Asian world, the global Cold War, and U.S. and international race relations.


  • U.S. Foreign Relations, International Relations History

MA Title:

  • "The Birth and Death of a Tar Baby: Henry Kissinger and Southern Africa"

Working Disseration Title:

  • "'We Saw Israel': American and Israeli Workers in the Middle East and Africa, 1948-1972”


  • MA - University of Missouri
  • BA - University of Missouri

Selected Publications:

  • "Black Diplomacy and the Arab-Israeli Conflict: Israeli Appeals and the African-American Community in the late 1960s and early 1970s," in The Many Faces of the "Special Relationship, edited by David Tal (in progress)

  • "Moving Israel 'Westwards': American Labor, the Histadrut, and Anti-communism in Israel during the 1950s" (currently under review)

  • Review of, Linda Heywood, Allison Blakely, et al, "African Americans in U.S. Foreign Policy: From the Era of Frederick Douglas to the Age of Obama" in H-Diplo, July 2015.


  • Abo Sher Teaching Fellowship, Fall 2015
  • Mellon-Wisconsin Summer Fellowship, Summer 2015
  • Marshall and Jane C. Beard Research Travel Award, Spring 2015
  • David Sorkin Scholarship, Spring 2015
  • George L. Mosse Distinguished Graduate Fellow, Hebrew University in Jerusalem, 2013-2014
  • Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation Research Travel Grant, 2009
  • Phi Beta Kappa, junior-year early inductee, University of Missouri, 2005

Professional Affiliations:

  • American Historical Association
  • Organization of American Historians
  • The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations
  • World History Association

Course Taught as TA:

  • History 221 - The American Military Experience Since 1899
  • History 227 - The History of Race and Ethnicity in the U.S.
  • History 249 - Sport, Recreation, and Society in the U.S.

Course Taught as Instructor:

  • History 434 - American Foreign Relations Since 1898


Aaron Dowdall


Brenda Gayle Plummer