Dr. Amanda McVety

Contact Information

History Department
Room 278 Upham Hall
Oxford, OH 45056
513 529 5125
Office hours: T R 9-10, and by appointment
Amanda McVety

Associate Professor of History


PhD 2006, University of California, Los Angeles

MA, College of William and Mary

BA, North Park University

Teaching and Research Interests: 

U.S. Foreign Policy

Courses Recently Taught: 
  • HST 111 Survey of U.S. History
  • HST 222 U.S. Foreign Relations since 1898
  • HST 337 The United States and the Middle East
  • HST 400 Senior Capstone: Harry Truman
  • HST 670 Graduate Colloquium: Nonhumans and State Power in the Americas
  • HST 670 Graduate Colloquium: American Imperialism
Selected Publications:

"JFK and Modernization Theory" in The Cambridge Companion to John F. Kennedy, ed. Andrew Hoberek (Cambridge University Press, 2015).

"Fear, Want, and the Internationalism of the Early Cold War" in The Routledge Handbook of the Cold War, ed. Artemy M. Kalinovsky and Craig Daigle (Routledge, 2014).

Enlightened Aid: U.S. Development as Foreign Policy in Ethiopia (Oxford University Press, 2012).

"The Origins of the Cold War in International Perspective" in A Companion to Harry S. Truman, ed. Daniel S. Margolies (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012).

"The Skinner Mission: Images of Ethiopia in the Progressive Era," The Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era 10:2 (April 2011).

"Pursuing Progress: Point Four in Ethiopia," Diplomatic History 32:3 (June 2008).

Selected Grants and Awards: 

Truman-Kauffman Fellow 2013-14

Work in Progress: 

Dr. McVety's interests lie at the intersection of international relations, science, and the environment.  Her second book, The Rinderpest Campaigns: A Virus, Its Vaccines, and Global Development in the Twentieth Century, which is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press, is a history of the ultimately successful international effort to eradicate rinderpest (cattle plague).  Her new book project examines how the Department of Defense made global disease control a central part of its national security mission at the moment of its creation under President Harry S. Truman