William Keylor

Professor of History and International Relations, BU Pardee School of Global Studies
College of Arts & Sciences

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B.A., Stanford University
M.A., Ph.D., Columbia University

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William R. Keylor is the author of Academy and Community: The Foundation of the French Historical Profession (1975); Jacques Bainville and the Renaissance of Royalist History in Twentieth-Century France (1979); The Twentieth-Century World and Beyond: An International History since 1900 (6th rev. ed., 2011); The Legacy of The Great War: Peacemaking 1919 (1997), edited with… Read more

William R. Keylor is the author of Academy and Community: The Foundation of the French Historical Profession (1975); Jacques Bainville and the Renaissance of Royalist History in Twentieth-Century France (1979); The Twentieth-Century World and Beyond: An International History since 1900 (6th rev. ed., 2011); The Legacy of The Great War: Peacemaking 1919 (1997), edited with an introduction; Encyclopedia of the Modern World, (2006), editor; and A World of Nations: The International Order Since 1945 (Second Edition, 2008); as well as dozens of articles in scholarly journals and book chapters on twentieth-century history.

Keylor has been a Guggenheim, Fulbright, and Woodrow Wilson Fellow. He was elected to the International Institute for Strategic Studies, has been named Chevalier de L’Ordre National du M érite by the French government, has served as the president of the Society for French Historical Studies. At Boston University, he has received the Metcalf Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Methodist Scholar-Teacher Award. Keylor served four consecutive terms as Chairman of the Department of History at Boston University (1988-2000) and has served as Director of the International History Institute since 1999.

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    • Presidents Trump and Macron exchange warmth in Paris

      July 14, 2017

      CGTN America quoting William Keylor, Pardee School of Global Studies/ College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences “France celebrated Bastille Day with an honorary guest from America…” Expert reference: “William Keylor, Professor of International Relations at Boston University, breaks down the high and low points of President Trump’s Paris visit.” View full article.   

    • China Suspends Fuel Sales To North Korea Amid Tense Times

      June 28, 2017

      International Business Times quoting William Keylor, Pardee School of Global Studies/ College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences “The China National Petroleum Corporation, the country’s state-owned gas and oil company, has ceased sales to North Korea due to fear of lack of payment according to a Reuters report Wednesday…” Expert quote: “This move is reputed to […]

    • France’s Le Pen looks to ride outsider wave

      April 5, 2017

      Boston Herald William Keylor, College of Arts and Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies Marine Le Pen, the far-right French presidential candidate whose recent surge in the polls has analysts comparing the charismatic politician to President Trump, could ride the global populist wave that landed the New York billionaire in the White House to an […]

    • France’s Le Pen looks to ride outsider wave

      April 5, 2017

      Boston Herald William Keylor, College of Arts and Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies Marine Le Pen, the far-right French presidential candidate whose recent surge in the polls has analysts comparing the charismatic politician to President Trump, could ride the global populist wave that landed the New York billionaire in the White House to an […]

    • Rex Tillerson, China turn up heat on N. Korea

      March 21, 2017

      Boston Herald William Keylor, Pardee School of Global Studies & College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences “China’s willingness to pressure North Korea into backing off of its nuclear ambitions is a key to getting results on the volatile Asian peninsula, Korea watchers said…” Expert quote: “In recent days, Tillerson stressed that “all options […]

    • Iran criticizes ‘clear insult,’ bars Americans from visiting

      January 31, 2017

      Boston Herald William Keylor, Pardee School of Global Studies Iran fired back at President Trump’s order preventing its citizens from entering the United States by blocking Americans wishing to enter the Middle Eastern country, as officials in Tehran called the move “a clear insult to the Islamic world.”… Expert Quote: “It’s going to cause a […]

    • Trump: Only ‘stupid’ people and ‘fools’ think good relations with Kremlin bad

      January 9, 2017

      Boston Herald William Keylor, Pardee School/College of Arts & Sciences President-elect Donald Trump said yesterday that “only ‘stupid’ people or fools” would dismiss closer ties with Russia and suggested warmer relations between the two countries would help solve “some of the many great and pressing problems and issues of the world,” a claim that local […]

    • Terror’s toll in Turkey could test NATO resolve

      January 5, 2017

      Boston Herald William Keylor, Pardee School/College of Arts & Sciences The recent surge in terror attacks in Turkey — including yesterday’s massacre at an Istanbul nightclub where a gunman shot at least 39 people dead and left scores wounded — could begin to test the resolve of NATO and others, including the United States, in […]

    • Donald Trump may pick Exxon’s Rex Tillerson to head State

      December 12, 2016

      Boston Herald William Keylor, Pardee School/College of Arts & Sciences President-elect Donald Trump’s reported plan to pick Putin pal and ExxonMobil chief Rex Tillerson for secretary of state would likely trigger a “sea change” in U.S.-Russia relations, experts said, as lawmakers press for a full airing of intel indicating Moscow somehow aided Trump in the […]

    • 75 years later, resonance of Pearl Harbor fades for 9/11 generation

      December 8, 2016

      Boston Globe William Keylor, Pardee School/College of Arts & Sciences When Robert Greenleaf closes his eyes, he still sees the red circles painted on the wings of Japanese warplanes headed toward nearby Pearl Harbor… Expert quote: “They were very aware of the situation and quite interested in it.” View full article

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