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Hannah Gurman

Clinical Associate Professor
(212) 992-7745
1 Wash Pl, Room 616

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Hannah Gurman brings an interdisciplinary and eclectic approach to the study of US foreign relations in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries that reflects her training in literary and cultural studies and informs her dual focus on historical scholarship and contemporary commentary. Her work has appeared in Diplomatic History, The Journal of Contemporary History, Small Wars Journal, as well as on Salon and the Huffington Post. She is a columnist for the digital think tank, Foreign Policy in Focus, and the author of The Dissent Papers: The Voices of Diplomats in the Cold War and Beyond (Columbia University Press, 2012). Gurman edited the book, Hearts and Minds: A People’s History of Counterinsurgency (The New Press, 2013).

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

Hannah Gurman


B.A. English & History, University of Delaware, 2000
B.A., Delaware University, 2000
M.A., Columbia University, 2003
M.Phil., Columbia University, 2005
Ph.D. English & Comparative Literature, Columbia University, 2008


2016 Spring

First-Year Research Seminar: The Cold War: What Was It and Why Does It Matter?

2016 Fall

First-Year Writing Seminar: The Idea of America: What Does it Mean?

First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: Collective Memory of Atrocity and Crisis

2015 Spring

Third Year Symposium

First-Year Research Seminar: The Cold War: What Was It and Why Does It Matter?