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 established an affiliation with the Pardee Center in 2021, and 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.

John D. Woodward, Jr. is the current Director of the International History Institute. He is a Professor of the Practice of International Relations at the Pardee School of Global Studies & Faculty-in-Residence of the Kilachand Honors College at Boston University. His most recent book is Spying: From the Fall of Jericho to the Fall of the Wall (Waynesburg University Press 2023).

Prof. William R. Keylor was the founding Director of IHI in 1999. Prof. Cathal J. Nolan was the founding Executive Director in 1999 and served as Director from 2017-2023.

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