International History Institute


The International History Institute (IHI) at the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future was founded within Boston University’s College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) in 1999 to promote the importance of history in understanding international cultural, economic, political, and military affairs. IHI has been interdisciplinary since its founding, advocating a broad approach that welcomes all scholars who seek to understand the present and future as rooted in an appreciation of the abiding influence of the past. It embraces any who work within and across disciplines, while engaging policy questions and interests of the attentive public.

IHI’s main areas of focus are issues of conflict and cooperation, war and peace, human rights, international law, and military history. It supports interdisciplinary faculty research and teaching and promotes public conversation through open participation in its conferences, lectures, seminars, colloquia, and film series.

Prof. William R. Keylor was the founding Director of IHI in 1999. Prof. Cathal J. Nolan was the founding Executive Director in 1999 and has been Director since 2017. IHI established an affiliation with the Pardee Center in 2021.

Learn more about IHI at www.bu.edu/ihi


IHI Upcoming Events

  • Upcoming IHI Symposium – Pearl Harbor: Inevitable or Infamy?

    Eighty years after the attacks on Pearl Harbor, this pivotal moment and its aftermath continue to affect our world’s nations, democracies, and civic order. Join the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future's International History Institute (IHI) on Saturday, December 4 for a symposium at the American... [ More ]

  • Save the Date | Book Talk: Oil Money by David M. Wight

    Join the Pardee School of Global Studies and the Pardee Center's International History Institute (IHI) for a book talk webinar on Monday, November 15 from 12:00 - 1:15 pm ET. The talk will feature David M. Wight, Visiting Assistant Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and... [ More ]

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