Office: PLS 201
Fall 2019 Office Hours: on leave
Education: B.A., Oberlin; M.A., Ph.D., University of Chicago
Areas of Specialization: International Relations, Diplomatic History, Political Biography
David Mayers holds a joint appointment in the History and Political Science Departments. His primary area of teaching/research interest is the history of US foreign relations/international politics. His principal books are George Kennan and the Dilemmas of US Foreign Policy (Oxford University Press, 1988), The Ambassadors and America’s Soviet Policy (Oxford University Press, 1995, Douglas Dillon prize from the American Academy of Diplomacy), Wars and Peace: The Future Americans Envisioned, 1861-1991 (St. Martin’s Press, 1998), Dissenting Voices in America’s Rise to Power (Cambridge University Press, 2007), FDR‘s Ambassadors and the Diplomacy of Crisis (Cambridge University Press, 2013), America and the Postwar World: Remaking International Society, 1945-1956 (Routledge, 2018). The tentative title of his book-in-progress is Seekers and Partisans: Americans Abroad Before Pearl Harbor, 1935-1941. Mayers’s most recent journal articles are “Crossing to Safety from Cold War America: The Collaboration and Friendship of John Paton Davies, Jr. and George Frost Kennan” (Diplomacy and Statecraft, June 2018), “The Lure of Ethiopia and the Saga of Colonel John Robinson, 1935-1937 (Journal of Transatlantic Studies, December 2019).
Mayers served on the board of trustees of the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Relations from 1999 to 2005. He has served as a member of the Management Committee, Transatlantic Studies Association. He chaired the Political Science Department from 2001 to 2007 and again in 2015-2018. He held a Berlin Prize (Haniel Fellow) at the American Academy in Berlin in 2008. Since 2013 he has been a Life Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge University.
Professor Mayers regularly teaches the following courses:
History of American Foreign Relations Since 1898 (lecture class)
The United States as a World Power (research seminar)
Political Biography and Statecraft (research seminar)
List of Selected Publications:
Cracking the Monolith: US Policy Against the Sino-Soviet Alliance, 1949-1955 (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1986).
George Kennan and the Dilemmas of US Foreign Policy (New York: Oxford University Press, 1988).
The Ambassadors and America’s Soviet Policy (New York: Oxford University Press, 1995). Winner of the 1995 book prize of the American Academy of Diplomacy.
Wars and Peace: The Future Americans Envisioned, 1861-1991 (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1998).
Dissenting Voices in America’s Rise to Power (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007).
FDR’s Ambassadors and the Diplomacy of Crisis (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013).
America and the Postwar World: Remaking International Society, 1945-1956 (London: Routledge, 2018).
Book in Progress:
Before Pearl Harbor: American Abroad During the Crisis years, 1935-1941
Reevaluating Eisenhower: American Foreign Policy in the 1950s
(Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1987) coeditor with Richard