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Hannah Gurman

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

Office Hours
Tuesday 9:30-10:30
Thursday 2-5

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’s interests lie in American Studies, U.S. history, intellectual history, literature, and literary criticism, with a focus on American politics and political culture. Her past research and teaching have centered around the politics and culture of U.S. foreign relations, national security, and empire. 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). While still teaching and writing on these subjects, she is also embarking on new projects that focus more on the history and legacy of ideological and social realignments in American politics, with a particular interest in intellectual and cultural shifts around capitalism, race, and gender over the last century. She is currently starting a project, tentatively entitled Capitalism and the Culture Wars, that explores the long but largely overlooked history of “economic” ideas in America’s culture wars.    Photo Credit: Nisa Danitz

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).



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