Thomas Alan Schwartz

Thomas Alan Schwartz

Thomas Alan Schwartz is a professor of history at Vanderbilt University. He has written extensively on America’s relations with Europe, especially Germany, and his research concerns alliance politics and the modern American presidency. He teaches courses dealing with the history of U.S. foreign relations, the Vietnam War, and the Middle East. He is currently writing two books: a biography of former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and a short history of the Cold War.


  • "Pain That Cannot Forget": September 11th in Historical Perspective
  • Henry Kissinger and the Dilemmas of American Power
  • LBJ Revisionism: The Johnson Years Reconsidered
  • Presidents on Tape, 1962-1973: What Can We Learn From Listening?
  • Realism or Retreat: The Obama Doctrine in Historical Perspective
  • The Cold War as History
  • The Rise of Trump and American Foreign Policy *
  • The Vietnam War as History
  • The Water's Edge: Domestic Politics and American Foreign Policy Reconsidered

Lectures marked with a * are offered as part of the OAH's initiative, Historians' Perspectives on the Rise of Donald Trump.

Process: A Blog for American History

Teaching 9/11, Fifteen Years Later