B.A. English & History, University of Delaware, 2000 M.A. English & Comparative Literature, Columbia University, 2003 M.Phil. English & Comparative Literature, Columbia University, 2005 Ph.D. English & Comparative Literature, Columbia University, 2008
Hannah Gurman is an historian of the United States with a PhD in literary studies. She teaches broadly in the interdisciplinary field of American Studies as well as more specialized courses in US foreign relations and national security. Her research focuses on national-security information as a site of political contest that reflects deeper struggles over the nature and meaning of US national security. Her book, The Dissent Papers: The Voices of Diplomats in the Cold War and Beyond, was published in 2012 by Columbia University Press. She is also editor of Hearts and Minds: A People’s History of Counterinsurgency (The New Press, 2013). Her current research project examines the history of national-security whistleblowing in the long twentieth century. Her work has appeared in American Quarterly, Diplomatic History, and the Journal of Contemporary History, as well as The Nation, Salon, and Huffington Post.
Teaching and Research Interests
history and culture of US foreign relations; the cold war; history and theory of international conflict; twentieth-century American literature and film; political rhetoric