Michael Holm

Chair and Senior Lecturer, Social Sciences

Teaching Interests

U.S. history; international relations; world history; European history; and immigration history.

Research Interests

U.S. foreign policy; 20th century political history; diplomatic history; immigration history; and history of human rights.

Selected Publications


How Democracy Survives: Global Challenges in the Anthropocene (Taylor and Francis, 2022). Co-edited with R. S. Deese.

The Marshall Plan: A New Deal for Europe. Routledge, 2016.

Articles and Book Chapters

“The Other American Dream: The One World Order and the Human Rights Vision” in How Democracy Survives: Global Challenges in the Anthropocene. R.S. Deese and Michael Holm eds. (Routledge, 2022): 9-28.

“The Fifth Horseman: Religion and the Bomb in the Early Atomic Age.” Global Humanities, Vol. 9 (2021): 27-39

“The Patient is Sinking: Marshall and The European Recovery Program” in George C. Marshall and the Early Cold War: Policy, Politics, and Society. William Taylor, ed. (University of Oklahoma Press, 2020): 134-159.

“All Paine: The American Mind, the League of Nations, and the U.N.” in The Legacy of Thomas Paine in the Transatlantic World. Sam Edwards and Marcus Morris eds. (Routledge, 2017): 51-67.

“On War, Weapons, and Presidential Leadership. “Reviews in American History, Vol. 45, 3 (September, 2017): 477-483.

“The Kennedy Administration and the Battle over Foreign Aid: The Untold Story of the Clay Committee.”  Diplomacy and Statecraft, (March, 2016): 65-92. Co-authored with Andrew David.

“Also Present at the Creation: Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. and the Coming of the Cold War,” The Journal of the Historical Society, Vol. 10, 2 (June 2010). 203-229.

“The Cheney-Edwards Debate,” The 2004 Presidential Election Website, Southern Methodist University, Center for Presidential History (November, 2014).

Conference Presentations 

“The Other American Dream: Human Rights and the One World Order.” How Democracy Survives: The Crises of the Nation State. Boston University, Boston, MA, October 2020.

“A Clash of Ideals? American Victory Culture and the Debate over Peacekeeping.” History of Peacekeeping: New Perspectives, Royal Military College of Canada, Kingston, ON, November, 2017.

“Identity, Immigrants, and Ideas: The City of Boston and America’s Great War.” Remembering Muted Voices: Conscience, Dissent, Resistance, and Civil Liberties in World War I Through Today, Kansas City, MO, October, 2017.

Ideology, Rhetoric, and U.S. Foreign Aid in the Early Cold War.” Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR), annual conference, Lexington, KY, June, 2014.

“All Paine: The American Mind, The League of Nations, and the U.N.” Citizen of the World: The Use and Abuse of Thomas Paine, 1809-2009” conference, Manchester, UK, November, 2013.

“Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.: A Journey from Neutrality to Cold War.” The New England Historical Association Bi-Annual Conference, New England University, Biddeford, ME, October, 2010.

Other Professional Activity and/or Awards

Global Impact Research Fund, Boston University, College of General Studies, 2021. Shared with Dr. R. S. Deese.

Faculty Adviser, Politica, Boston University, 2020-present

Faculty Research Fellow, Boston University, The Fredrick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, 2018-present

Advisor to the Undergraduate History Association, Boston University, 2013-2016.

Advisor to Phi Alpha Theta, the National History Honor Society, Boston University, 2013-2016.