Chester Pach

Chester Pach specializes in the history of U.S. foreign relations and recent U.S. history. His research has focused on U.S. involvement in the Cold War and the Vietnam War as well as the Eisenhower, Johnson, and Reagan presidencies. He has a particular interest in television coverage of international issues and the intersections between politics, popular culture, and international history. His most recent publications include:

“‘Our Worst Enemy Seems to Be the Press’: TV News, the Nixon Administration, and U.S. Withdrawal from Vietnam, 1969-1973,” in Diplomatic History 34 (June 2010): 555-65, and

“‘We Need to Get a Better Story to the American People’: LBJ, the Progress Campaign, and the Vietnam War on Television” in Selling War in a Media Age: The Presidency and Public Opinion in the American Century (University Press of Florida, 2010).

He had been involved in the activities of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations and is currently the chair of SHAFR’s Teaching Committee. He also serves on the Editorial Board of H-DIPLO.

    Among the courses he teaches, are:

  • Hist 316B, History of U.S. Foreign Relations, 1914-1945
  • Hist 316C, History of U.S. Foreign Relations, 1945-Present
  • Hist 322, The United States in the 1960s
  • Hist 616, Research Seminar in U.S. Foreign Relations
  • Hist 617, Colloquium in U.S. Foreign Relations

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