Michelle Paranzino, Ph.D.

Associate Professor Strategy and Policy Department
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Michelle Paranzino earned her Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin, where she studied U.S. foreign policy, Soviet history and Cold War Latin America. She has published numerous articles and book chapters and is the author of "The Cuban Missile Crisis and the Cold War: A Short History with Documents" (Cambridge: Hackett, 2018). She grew up in Los Angeles, earning her B.A. in history at UC Santa Cruz and an M.A. in history at Cal State Northridge. She has held fellowships at the Kennan Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth College and is currently working on a book about the war on drugs.

Areas of Expertise

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

Professional Highlights


William Appleman Williams Junior Faculty Research Grant, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations


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


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


Clements Center Grant in History, Strategy, and Statecraft


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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Research Contributions and Publications

External Memberships and Associations

Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations

American Historical Association

Latin American Studies Association

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