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Hannah Gurman

Clinical Associate Professor
(212) 992-7745
1 Wash Pl, Room 703

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 a historian of the United States and Clinical Associate Professor at NYU Gallatin. 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 the relationship between political struggles over US empire and American democracy. 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 Washington Post, The Nation, and Salon. In 2017, Gurman received a two-year grant from the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council to research the history of US national-security whistleblowing.



Hannah Gurman's Hearts and Minds: A People's History of Counterinsurgency

Hannah Gurman's Hearts and Minds: A People's History of Counterinsurgency was published by New Press.

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

Recent News

Professor Hannah Gurman’s current project is Blowing the Whistle: The Hidden History of Whistleblowing and the Rise of the US National Security State.


Professor Hannah Gurman received a two-year grant from the UK's Arts and Humanities Research Council to research the history of US national-security whistleblowing.


Along with with Kaeten Mistry, Gurman authored the op-ed “Want a free press? Then protect—and celebrate—whistleblowers . . .” which appeared The Washington Post on January 29, 2018.

For the October 6, 2017 issue of The Washington Post, Gurman wrote "As we rethink the Vietnam War, we have to grapple with its racial implications."

Gurman's "The History of the State Department’s Dissent Channel—and How Trump Is Trying to Squelch It" appeared in the February 1, 2017 issue of The Nation.


Gurman's work on the Dissent Channel was cited in the January 31, 2017 New Yorker article "White House to State Department Dissenters: Quit;" as well as in The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, and U.S. News and World Report.


​On January 17-18, 2019, NYU​ ​London will host a two-day conference, "Exposing Secrets: The Past, Present, and Future of U.S. National Security Whistleblowing and Government Secrecy," organized by Kaeten Mistry and Hannah Gurman. The keynote plenary on "Whistleblowing and the Press" will include Edward Snowden (via video), Ewan MacAskill, and John Kiriakou. The second keynote session features whistleblower advocacy groups, including the Government Accountability Project (US), Whistleblowing International Network, and Protect (UK). 

On October 18, 2018, NYU Gallatin hosted a symposium, “Debating U.S. National Security Whistleblowing: Secrets, the State, and Democracy, organized by Hannah Gurman and Kaeten Mistry. Featuring whistleblowers, advocates, and historians, participants included Thomas Drake, John Kiriakou, Brian Fleming, Barry Pollack, Sam Lebovic, Chase Madar, Jeremy Varon, and Julia Rose Kraut.  

From January 18-19, 2018, Hannah Gurman hosted a research workshop at Gallatin on the history of US national-security whistleblowing.

On October 11, 2016, Gurman gave a public lecture on the history of punishing US national security whistleblowers at the University of Illinois Trowbridge Center for Humanities, in Urbana, Illinois.


Hannah Gurman