Frank Costigliola

Ph.D., Cornell; Professor
HoursFall 2013: Tuesday 1:30-3pm and by appointment
OfficeWood Hall, Room 321
PhonePhone: (860) 486-4356
FaxFax: (860) 486-0641
Emailfrank.costigliola@uconn.edu

Areas of Specialty

U.S. Foreign Relations, Twentieth-century U.S.

Professor Costigliola's cv may be found here

Current Research Interests

As I finish editing The Kennan Diaries, which will be published by W.W. Norton on February 16, 2014, the 110th anniversary of George F. Kennan’s birth, I am planning a book on Kennan’s complex and passionate links with Russia as a country and as a symbol of his deepest yearnings. More generally, I am interested in how the intersections between personal ties and political relations have had an impact on U.S. foreign relations in the twentieth century.

Biography

Frank Costigliola grew up in Spring Valley, New York, the son of Italian immigrants who for economic reasons had to drop out of school after the fifth grade. In 1972 at age 25, he completed his Ph.D. from Cornell and became an assistant professor at the University of Rhode Island. While in graduate school he wrote an article that was accepted for publication by the Journal of American History. His first year at URI he began carving a homestead out of 20 acres of woodland, clearing land for a garden and pasture for a milk cow and steers. He helped build first a yurt, then a house, barn, and other outbuildings. His morning routine included milking the cow and delivering the milk on the way into campus.

Costigliola’s first book, Awkward Dominion: American Political, Economic, and Cultural Relations with Europe, 1919-33, helped introduce culture as a topic in foreign relations history. His second book, France and the United States: The Cold Alliance since World War II, also dealt with the intersection of cultural with political and economic relations while suggesting how nations and their policies could be gendered as a way of valorizing or delegitimating them. His third book, Roosevelt’s Lost Alliances: How Personal Politics Helped Start the Cold War, explored the intersection of personal and political relations, and the role of emotions, in the diplomacy of the Allied leaders who won World War II and then lost the peace. Roosevelt’s Lost Alliances received the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations’ Robert H. Ferrell prize for best book. Costigliola is the editor of The Kennan Diaries and, with Michael J. Hogan, of America in the World: The Historiography of American Foreign Relations since 1941, 2nd edition.

Costigliola has received fellowships from the Institute for Advance Study at Princeton, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Norwegian Nobel Institute, and the University of Connecticut Humanities Institute. In 2009 he served as president of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.

 

Selected Publications

Roosevelt’s Lost Alliances: How Personal Politics Helped Start the Cold War (Princeton, 2012; winner of SHAFR’s Robert H. Ferrell Book Prize)

The Kennan Diaries (W. W. Norton, 2014; published also in a Chinese edition)

America in the World: The Historiography of American Foreign Relations since 1941, 2nd edition (Cambridge, 2014, co-editor with Michael J. Hogan)

"Broken Circle: The Isolation of Franklin D. Roosevelt in World War II" in Diplomatic History (November 2008).

"Reading for Meaning: Theory, Language, and Metaphor" in Michael Hogan and Thomas G. Paterson (eds.), Explaining American Foreign Relations History, 2nd ed. (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2003).

"Doing and Defining U.S. Foreign Relations: A Primer" (a revision of Thomas G. Paterson's 1991 essay in ibid.

"Language and Power in the Western Alliance," in Kathleen Burk and Melvyn Stokes (eds.), The United States and European Alliance Since 1945 (Oxford, U.K., 2000) 101-25.

"'I Had Come as a Friend': Emotion, Culture, and Ambiguity in the Formation of the Cold War," Cold War History (August 2000), 103-28.

"`Mixed Up' and `Contact': Culture and Emotion among the Allies in the Second World War," International History Review (December 1998), 791-805.

"`Unceasing Pressure for Penetration': Gender, Pathology, and Emotion in George Kennan's Formation of the Cold War," The Journal of American History (March 1997), 1309-39.

"The Nuclear Family: Tropes of Gender and Pathology in the Western Alliance," Diplomatic History (Spring 1997), 163-83.

"Kennedy, the European Allies, and the Failure to Consult," Political Science Quarterly (Spring 1995), 105-23.

"An 'Arm Around the Shoulder': The United States, NATO and German Reunification, 1989-90," Contemporary European History, (July 1994), 87-110.

France and the United States: The Cold Alliance Since World War II (New York: Twayne/Macmillan, 1992).

Awkward Dominion: American Political, Economic, and Cultural Relations with Europe, 1919-1933 (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1984, 1987, 2010).