Michelle Getchell, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor Strategy and Policy Department
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Michelle Getchell earned her Ph.D. in History at the University of Texas at Austin, where she focused on US foreign policy, Soviet studies, Latin America, and the international history of the Cold War. Her work has been funded by the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations and the American Councils for International Education, and has appeared in the Journal of Cold War Studies, Southern California Quarterly, and Beyond the Eagle's Shadow: New Histories of Latin America's Cold War. She recently completed a short narrative history of the Cuban Missile Crisis and is working on a monograph examining US-Soviet-Latin American relations during the Cold War.

Areas of Expertise

  • Cold War
  • Counterdrug Operations
  • Diplomacy
  • Foreign Policy
  • Intel
  • Irregular Warfare
  • Latin America
  • Policy
  • Russia
  • United Nations

Professional Highlights


Postdoctoral Fellow in International Security and US Foreign Policy, Dartmouth College


Short-term Research Fellow, Kennan Institute, Woodrow Wilson Center


Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 2014, History

M.A., California State University Northridge, 2007, History

B.A., University of California at Santa Cruz, 2003, History

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External Memberships and Associations

Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations

News, Media, & Events

VIDEO: 45 Seconds on Stoicism and Leadership

Aug. 19, 2019
News Publication

Rochefort Group Workshop Series: Workshop Two

Aug. 19, 2019
8:00 a.m.
Sims Hall, U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841

Trump Administration's 'forced diplomacy' with Iran Isn't Working

Jun. 26, 2019
The Hill
Article Publication

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