Senior Fellows

Jeffrey Engel

Associate Professor of History & Director of the Center for Presidential History, SMU

Dallas Hall 318
(214) 768-3973

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Summary

Jeffrey A. Engel is an award-winning American history scholar and director of the Center for Presidential History at SMU. He is an expert on the U.S. presidency and American diplomatic history. Engel has authored or edited eight books, including Into the Desert: Reflections on the Gulf War(Oxford University Press, 2012); Rethinking Leadership and “Whole of Government” National Security Reform: Problems, Progress, and Prospect (Military Bookshop, 2010); and The Fall of the Berlin Wall: The Revolutionary Legacy of 1989 (Oxford University Press, 2009). He is currently writing Seeking Monsters to Destroy: How America Goes to War, From Jefferson to Obama (Oxford University Press, forthcoming); and a comprehensive diplomatic history of the first Bush Administration entitled When the World Seemed New: American Foreign Policy in the Age of George H.W. Bush (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, forthcoming).


Education and Honors

  • Ph.D., American History, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2011
  • M.A., American History, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1996
  • B.A., History, Cornell University, 1995

Publications, Speeches and Presentations

Publications

  • Into the Desert: Reflections on the Gulf War, Jeffrey A. Engel, ed. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012).
  • Rethinking Leadership and “Whole of Government” National Security Reform, with Joseph R. Cerami, (Carlisle, Pennsylvania: Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College, 2010).
  • The Fall of the Berlin Wall: The Revolutionary Legacy of 1989, Jeffrey A. Engel, ed. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2009). Excerpted in Foreignpolicy.com, November 9, 2009.
  • The China Diary of George H.W Bush: The Making of a Global President (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2008). Excerpted in Newsweek, December 24, 2007.
  • Local Consequences of the Global Cold War, Jeffrey A. Engel, ed. (Palo Alto and Washington, DC: Stanford University Press and Woodrow Wilson Center Press, 2008).
  • Cold War at 30,000 Feet: The Anglo-American Fight for Aviation Supremacy (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2007). American Historical Association’s 2008 Paul Birdsall Prize, awarded biannually to the outstanding work published in European Military and Strategic History.