Dr. Richard Immerman


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The Edward J. Buthusiem Family Distinguished Faculty Fellow in History
Department of History, Temple University
918 Gladfelter Hall
1115 Polett Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19122

The Marvin Wachman director of Temple's Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy, Professor Immerman is a historian of U.S. foreign relations who concentrates on the Cold War. From September 2007 - December 2008 Professor Immerman served as Assistant Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Analytic Integrity and Standards and Analytic Ombudsman for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence

Dr. Immerman has published several books, including The CIA in Guatemala: The Foreign Policy of Intervention; Waging Peace: How Eisenhower Shaped an Enduring Cold War Strategy; The Central Intelligence Agency: Security Under Scrutiny. His most recent book, Empire for Liberty: A History of U.S. Imperialism from Benjamin Franklin to Paul Wolfowitz explores U.S. continental and transoceanic expansion by analyzing the beliefs and behavior of six contributors. Dr. Immerman is currently writing a book on the CIA and beginning a project that examines the relationship between national intelligence and national security.

Professor Immerman was the 40th president of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.

In 2009 Professor Immerman began a 3-year term as the AHA's representative to the Department of State's Advisory Committee on Historical Documentation. He became the committee's chair in 2010.

Professor Immerman teaches undergraduate and graduate courses, in the Department of History at Temple University, on various dimensions and periods of U.S. foreign relations, including “The American Empire,” “Rise to Globalism,” the Vietnam War, and “Superpower America.” His graduate courses focus primarily on the historiography of U.S. foreign relations, normally alternating between a readings seminar that covers the Revolutionary Era through World War and one that focuses on the Cold War and its aftermath. 

For a more detailed bibliography of Dr. Immerman's publications and accomplishments, please his Department of History webpage.