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Department Chair, Professor
Office: PLS 201
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. His two most recent books are Dissenting Voices in America’s Rise to Power (Cambridge University Press, 2007) and FDR’s Ambassadors and the Diplomacy of Crisis (Cambridge University Press, 2013). His current research/book project is centered on the international political system during the first decade after World War II. His most recent journal article is “Humanity in 1948: The Genocide Convention and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights” (Diplomacy and Statecraft, September 2015).
Mayers served on the board of trustees of the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Relations from 1999 to 2005. He chaired the Political Science Department from 2001 to 2007. He is again serving as chair, 2015-2018. He held a Berlin prize (Haniel Fellow) at the American Academy in Berlin in 2008. Visiting Fellow in 2013, and Life Member since October 2013, at Clare Hall, Cambridge University.
Professor Mayers regularly teaches the following courses:
History of American Foreign Policy Since 1898 (lecture class)
The United States as a World Power (research seminar)
Political Biography (research seminar)