Thomas W. Zeiler

Thomas W. Zeiler

Director of the Program in International Affairs | University of Colorado, Boulder

Thomas W. Zeiler is a professor of history and Director of the Program in International Affairs at the University of Colorado Boulder. His research, which has produced fourteen books, focuses on the history of U.S. foreign relations with interests in trade and foreign economic policy, globalization, war and sports. He teaches courses in American and international history including U.S. diplomatic history from colonial times to the present, World War II, America and empire and America through baseball. He was a recipient of the Teacher Recognition Award given by the Student Organization for Alumni Relations and has been recognized for excellence in teaching for a global seminar in France, as a service-learning fellow, and by the Boulder Faculty Assembly. He has also received Fulbright fellowships to Argentina and Japan and is currently a Senior Fulbright Specialist.

Dr. Zeiler graduated from Emory University and then received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. A former president (2012) of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR), editor (2001-2014) of the journal of record of the field, Diplomatic History, and editor (2004-2013)of SHAFR’s bibliography, he also served for 12 years (2006-2018) on the Advisory Committee on Historical Diplomatic Documentation in the U.S. Department of State. His current research, entitled “The Capitalist Peace,” focuses on U.S. trade as a tool of diplomacy, peace, security and human rights.

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