Dr. Amanda McVety

Contact Information

History Department
Room 278 Upham Hall
Oxford, OH 45056
513 529 5125
Office hours:  M 9-11, or 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 book, Enlightened Aid: U.S. Development as Foreign Policy in Ethiopia, examines the intellectual and political origins of Point Four, the first American aid program for the "underdeveloped world," and its operations in Ethiopia.  Her current book project is a history of the international effort to eradicate rinderpest (cattle plague).