Diplomatic History

a diplomatic passport laying on a map

The Department of History at The Ohio State University offers graduate programs in U.S. diplomatic history and European international history leading to both the M.A. and the Ph.D. degrees. Graduate students take reading and research seminars in their major fields of U.S. diplomatic history or European international history. Related classes in military history, national security, and the history of particular countries or regions are also offered. The range of expertise among the faculty enables students to master one of these related fields to complement their study of diplomatic and international history.

Why study diplomatic and international history at Ohio State?

Ohio State has a distinguished faculty in diplomatic and international history

Bruno Cabanes, Professor and Donald G. & Mary A. Dunn Chair in Modern Military History. Research and teaching interests include the French and European experiences in WWI and its aftermath. Publications include La victoire endeuillée, La sortie de guerre des soldats français (1918-1920) in Mourning: French Soldiers and the Postwar Transition, 1918-1920.

Mark Grimsley, Associate Professor. Ph.D., The Ohio State University. Research and teaching interests include 19th century American military history. Publications include The Hard Hand of War: Union Military Policy Toward Southern Civilians 1861-1865.

Peter L. Hahn, Divisional Dean, Arts & Humanities and Professor. Ph.D., Vanderbilt University. Research and teaching interests include American diplomatic history. Publications include The U.S., Great Britain, and Egypt 1945-1956: Strategy & Diplomacy in the Early Cold War.

Peter Mansoor, Professor and Raymond E. Mason, Jr., Chair of Military History. Ph.D., The Ohio State University. Research and teaching interests include military history and national security and policies studies. Publications include The GI Offensive in Europe: The Triumph of American Infantry Divisions, 1941-1945.

R. Joseph Parrott, Assistant Professor. Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin. Research and teaching interests include modern American diplomatic/transnational history, politics, and social movements. Publications include articles in Modern American History and Race & Class.

Ohio State has a comprehensive history faculty that offers breadth and depth to support graduate study in diplomatic and international history

In addition to a large number of distinguished scholars in U.S., European, and British history, the graduate faculty of the Department of History also includes specialists in the following topical and regional fields: African history, East Asian history, Latin American history, Middle East and Indian history, military history, Russian and East European history, and women's history.

Ohio State has a large and diverse department with over 200 students currently pursuing advanced study in 16 different fields of history. Students admitted to the graduate program are offered fellowships and positions as graduate teaching or research associates. During the dissertation phase of their work, they are eligible for research grants from the Department of History and the Graduate School.

Ohio State has additional opportunities for graduate students in diplomatic and international history:

Graduate students may participate in the Mershon Graduate Workshop in International History, a program in which distinguished diplomatic/international historians conduct seminars on campus.  Also, the Ohio State University boasts a library of some five million volumes and the Mershon Center for Research & Education in National Security, Leadership, & Public Policy.

Further information about the Diplomatic and International History Program

Department of History
The Ohio State University
230 Annie and John Glenn Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43210

For information about fellowships, graduate associateships, requirements for the M.A. and Ph.D., and application procedures, see the information about Ohio State University's Graduate Program in History.

As with all of the Department of History's graduate programs, the deadline for receipt of all application materials is December 1.

Courses in Diplomatic and International History