Indiana University Bloomington

Nick Cullather

Department of History

Phil Parnell

Office: Ballantine 728
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Research Interests
Prof. Cullather is a historian of United States foreign relations with special interests in the areas of diplomatic history, intelligence, modernization theory, and U.S.-Asian relations.

Area Involvement
Prof. Cullather has written widely about US foreign policy in developing countries in Asia. In his recent book The Hungry World: America's Cold War Battle against Poverty in Asia, Prof. Cullather explores the Cold War history of large-scale American relief efforts in Afghanistan, India, China, and Southeast Asia; the politics of food and famine; and US use of technology to modernize farming practices and, in the process, stop the spread of communism. Prof. Cullather has also written about the political economy of United States-Philippines relations between 1942 and 1960.

Selected Honors and Awards

  • IU Trustees Teaching Award, 2014, 2010, 2002.
  • Ellis W. Hawley Prize, Organization of American Historians, for best book in U.S. economic history, 2011.
  • Robert H. Ferrell Prize, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, for best book on international relations history, 2011.
  • Meritorious Service Award, IU Department of History, 2008.
  • Fulbright Fellowship, National University of Singapore, Singapore, 2003.
  • IU Teaching Excellence Recognition Award, Indiana University, 1997.
  • W. Turretine Jackson Article Prize, American Historical Association, Pacific Coast Branch, 1993.
  • Fulbright-Hays Research Fellowship, Philippines, 1990.