Max Paul Friedman

Max Paul Friedman

Department of History

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    Affiliate Professor, School of International Service
  • Max Paul Friedman specializes in 20th-century U.S. foreign relations. A graduate of Oberlin College and U.C. Berkeley, he was a Woodrow Wilson Postdoctoral Fellow and has taught at Boulder, Tallahassee, and Cologne. His first book, Nazis and Good Neighbors: The United States Campaign against the Germans of Latin America in World War II (Cambridge University Press, 2003) won the Herbert Hoover Prize in U.S. History and the A.B. Thomas Prize in Latin American Studies. He co-edited, with Padraic Kenney, Partisan Histories: The Past in Contemporary Global Politics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005). His most recent book is Rethinking Anti-Americanism: The History of an Exceptional Concept in American Foreign Relations (Cambridge University Press, 2012). The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations awarded him the Bernath Article Prize and Bernath Lecture Prize for his scholarship published in journals specializing in diplomatic, intellectual, social, and cultural history. He is a 2013-14 John Simon Guggenheim Fellow and 2014 American University Scholar/Teacher of the Year.
  • Degrees

    PhD, 2000, U.C. Berkeley
    MA, 1995, U.C. Berkeley
    BA, 1989, History, Oberlin College
  • Languages Spoken:

    Fluent: English, French, German, Spanish
    Reading: Italian, Portuguese
    Rudimentary Arabic

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  • Spring 2015

    • HIST-440 Latin American Studies: United States & Latin America
    • Description

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Research Interests

Friedman emphasizes a transnational approach to scholarly inquiry in his publications on foreign relations, national security, migration, civil liberties, and the politics of historical memory. His regional emphases include the United States, Western Europe and Latin America.


Selected Publications

  • Rethinking Anti-Americanism: The History of an Exceptional Concept in American Foreign Relations. Cambridge University Press, 2012.
  • Nazis and Good Neighbors: The United States Campaign against the Germans of Latin America in World War II. Cambridge University Press, 2003.
  • Partisan Histories: The Past in Contemporary Global Politics. Max Paul Friedman and Padraic Kenney, eds. Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.
  • “Of Sartre, Race, and Rabies: ‘Anti-Americanism’ and the Transatlantic Politics of Intellectual Engagement.” Atlantic Studies 8:3 (September 2011): 361-77.
  • “Fracas in Caracas: Latin American Diplomatic Resistance to United States Intervention in Guatemala in 1954.” Diplomacy & Statecraft 21:4 (2010): 669-89.
  • “Simulacrobama: The Mediated Election of 2008.” Journal of American Studies 43:2 (2009): 341-56.
  • “Anti-Americanism and U.S. Foreign Relations.” Diplomatic History 32:4 (September 2008): 497-514.
  • “Twilight of the Defense Intellectuals.” Modern Intellectual History 5:2 (August 2008): 411-23.
  • “From Manila to Baghdad: Empire and the American Mission Civilisatrice at the Beginning and End of the Twentieth Century.” Revue française d’études américaines 13 (September 2007): 26-38.
  • “Beyond ‘Voting with their Feet’: Toward a Conceptual History of ‘America’ in European Migrant Sending Communities, 1860s to 1914.” Journal of Social History 40:3 (Spring 2007): 557-75.
  • “Trading Civil Liberties for National Security: Warnings from a World War II Program.” Journal of Policy History 17:3 (2005): 294-307.
  • “The Cold War Politics of Exile, Return, and the Search for a Usable Past in Friedrich Karl Kaul’s Es wird Zeit, dass Du nach Hause kommst.” German Life and Letters 58:3 (July 2005): 306-25.
  • “The U.S. State Department and the Failure to Rescue: New Evidence on the Missed Opportunity at Bergen-Belsen.” Holocaust and Genocide Studies 19:1 (Spring 2005): 26-50.
  • “Retiring the Puppets, Bringing Latin America Back In: Recent Scholarship on United States-Latin American Relations.” Diplomatic History 27:5 (November 2003): 621-36.
  • “There Goes the Neighborhood: Blacklisting Germans in Latin America and the Evanescence of the Good Neighbor Policy.” Diplomatic History 27:4 (September 2003): 569-97.
  • “‘Todos Son Peligrosos’: Intervencionismo y Oportunismo en la Expulsión de los Alemanes del Ecuador, 1941-1945.” Procesos: revista ecuatoriana de historia 20 (2003-04): 79-98.
  • “Specter of a Nazi Threat: United States-Colombian Relations, 1939-1945.” The Americas: A Quarterly Review of Inter-American Cultural History 56:4 (April 2000): 563-89.
  • “Private Memory, Public Records, and Contested Terrain: Weighing Oral Testimony in the Deportation of Germans from Latin America during World War II.” The Oral History Review 27:1 (2000): 1-16.       

Grants and Sponsored Research

  • SHAFR Samuel F. Bemis Research Grant
  • American Historical Association Albert J. Beveridge Grant
  • SHAFR W. Stull Holt Fellowship
  • Johns Hopkins Center for Strategic Education Summer Fellowship
  • Lucius N. Littauer Foundation Publication Award
  • Colorado Endowment for the Humanities Grant
  • Japanese American Citizens League Community Affairs Grant
  • Holocaust Educational Foundation Summer Fellowship
  • Tinker Summer Field Research Grant for Latin America
  • Mellon Dissertation Fellowship

Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

  • John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship
  • AU Scholar/Teacher of the Year
  • Fulbright Specialist Award
  • Herbert Hoover Book Prize in U.S. History
  • A.B. Thomas Book Prize in Latin American Studies
  • Bernath Article Prize, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations
  • Bernath Lecture Prize, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations
  • Amos Simpson Prize for Best European History Paper, Southern Historical Association
  • Woodrow Wilson Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities
  • Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Fellowship  
  • German Historical Institute Jürgen Heideking Fellowship
  • Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation Dissertation Fellowship

Professional Presentations

  • “Emigrés as Transmitters of American Protest Culture.” Jewish Voices in the German Sixties, Elmau, Germany, 2011.
  • “Human Rights and U.S. Foreign Policy in the Cold War.” Foreign Service Institute, Arlington, December 2010.
  • “Rethinking Anti-Americanism.” State Department Office of the Historian, Washington, September 2010.
  • “Race and the Media in the Age of Obama.” Carl-Schurz-Haus, Universität Freiburg, June 2010.
  • “The Myth of Anti-Americanism.” Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy, Temple University, Philadelphia, October 2008.
  • “Anti-Americanism and U.S. Foreign Relations.” Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations annual Bernath Prize Lecture, Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, New York, 2008.
  • “The Limits of Principle: Resistance to U.S. Interventions in Latin America, 1954-1965.” Latin American Studies Association, Montreal, 2007.
  • “The Function of Anti-Americanism in Transatlantic Relations during  the Vietnam War.” Institut für Geschichte, University of Vienna, 2006.
  • “Transnational Meanings of the 1954 Coup in Guatemala.” Latin American Studies Association, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2006.
  • “Memory and the Contest for Hegemony in Politics.” The Merits of Memory: Uses and Abuses of a Concept, Martin Luther Universität, Halle-Wittenberg, 2005.
  • “From Manila to Baghdad: Empire and the American Mission Civilisatrice at the Beginning and End of the Twentieth Century.” Association Française d’Etudes Américaines, Lille, France, 2005.
  • “Pathology or Politics? Anti-Americanism, Foreign Policy, and the Limits of Critical Discourse.” European Association for American Studies biennial meeting, Prague, 2004.
  • “Transnational Reach: Conflict and Coercion in the Justice Department Camps for Germans from Latin America.” Organization of American Historians annual meeting, Boston, 2004.
  • “The False Dichotomy of Security and Civil Liberties.” American Historical Association annual meeting, Washington, DC, 2004.

Media Appearances

  • Christian Science Monitor 
  • Folha de Sao Paolo
  • Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
  • Miami Herald
  • San Jose Mercury News
  • Süddeutsche Zeitung
  • Australian Broadcasting Corporation
  • Austrian Broadcasting Corporation
  • BBC
  • C-SPAN
  • Deutschlandfunk
  • Deutschlandradio Kultur

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