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Hannah Gurman

Clinical Associate Professor
(212) 992-7755
1 Wash Pl, Room 704

Office Hours
Monday 9-10 Remote by Appt.
Tuesday (2-5 by appt)
Thursday (9:30-10:30 by appt)

B.A., English, 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. Situated at the intersections of US history, American Studies, Collective Memory, and Critical Security Studies, her teaching and research explore the political culture of the United States, with a focus on US foreign relations and national security in the twentieth- and twenty-first centuries. Her courses examine the intersections of US domestic and global politics through a variety of theoretical lenses—including political economy, critical race theory, queer theory, collective memory, and critical security studies. Her past research has focused on the history of dissent and whistleblowing in the US foreign policy and national security establishments. Her most recent publication is Whistleblowing Nation: The History of National Security Disclosures and the Cult of State Secrecy (co-edited with Kaeten Mistry, Columbia University Press, 2020), which was part of a collaborative research project funded by the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council. She is also the author of The Dissent Papers: The Voices of Diplomats in the Cold War and Beyond (Columbia University Press, 2012) and editor of Hearts and Minds: A People’s History of Counterinsurgency (The New Press, 2013). 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. She is currently starting a new project on the history of climate security, which examines the role of the US national security state in the politics of climate change.

Edited Volumes


Whistleblowing Nation

Hannah Gurman, with Kaeten Mistry, co-edited Whistleblowing Nation: Disclosing US National Security and the Challenge of Dissent (Columbia University Press, 2020).



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.


The Dissent Papers

Hannah Gurman's The Dissent Papers: The Voices of Diplomats in the Cold War and Beyond was published by Columbia University 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.


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.


Hannah Gurman