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David J. Snyder

Senior Lecturer in History U.S. History and U.S. Foreign Relations

Office: 213 Gambrell Hall
Degrees: B.A. University of Illinois
M.A. University of Wyoming
Ph.D. Southern Illinois
Phone: (803) 777-6394
Research Interests: U.S. History and U.S. Foreign Relations
Curriculum vitae: Download PDF


I came to the University of South Carolina in 2008 as a member of the History faculty, where I teach a broad range of undergraduate courses in U.S., European, and U.S. foreign relations history. I also serve on the History Department’s Warwick Exchange Committee, helping to administer the university’s oldest student exchange program. My teaching has been recognized by the College of Arts and Sciences Teaching Award for Non-Tenure-Track Instructional Faculty and the Mortar Board Excellence in Teaching Award, both in 2012. Since 2014 I have been Faculty Principal of the Carolina International House at Maxcy College.


My research focuses on the projection of American power — cultural and economic as much as military and political — in the international sphere during the early Cold War. In particular, I address what is known as “public diplomacy:” the broadcasts, exchanges, exhibitions, arts diplomacy, and more which comprised the primary mechanism for asserting the American foreign policy presence abroad in these years. I have published my research in leading journals such as Diplomatic History and The Journal of Cold War Studies as well as in numerous anthologies. My scholarship has earned, among other awards, a Fulbright Fellowship to the Netherlands, the W. Stull Holt Dissertation Fellowship of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR), and, in 2015, a residential fellowship to the Norwegian Nobel Institute in Oslo. In 2014 SHAFR recognized my article “Domesticity, Rearmament, and the Limits of U.S. Public Diplomacy to the Netherlands during the Early Cold War” with an “Honorable Mention” for the society's Stuart L. Bernath Scholarly Article Prize. My book, Rebellion in Black and White: Southern Student Activism in the 1960s (Johns Hopkins, 2013), co-edited with Robby Cohen, was named a Choice Magazine “Outstanding Academic Title.”

Current Activities 

I am currently revising for publication two articles on U.S.-Netherlands relations and American empire: “Beyond the Big Stick: Dutch Clientelism in the Early Cold War” and “Expropriating the American Century: The Indonesian Crisis and Dutch Clientelism, 1945-1949.” I also collaborate on a number of anthology projects, including Reasserting America in the 1970s: U.S. Public Diplomacy and the Rebuilding of America’s Image Abroad, (Bloomsbury Press; 2015) with Hallvard Notaker and Giles Scott-Smith. In September 2015 I will begin a new anthology project tentatively entitled The Legacy of J. William Fulbright: Liberal Internationalism in Perspective with Scott-Smith and Alessandro Brogi.


In addition to my scholarly projects, we have great plans for the future of the International House. For more information on Maxcy College, Click HERE. For more information on the Warwick Exchange, Click HERE. I can be reached via email at