Richard Damms

Richard Damms

Richard Damms

Associate Professor, Interim Division Head, Meridian


20th Century U.S., Diplomacy, Latin America


662-325-3604

rdamms@history.msstate.edu

Bio

Richard V. Damms is currently an Associate Professor of American history and a member of the department's Empire, Power, Identity and Conflict (EPIC) faculty. He is the author of two books: The Eisenhower Presidency, 1953-1961 (New York: Longman, 2002); and Scientists and Statesmen: Eisenhower’s Science Advisers and National Security Policy (Dordrecht: Republic of Letters, 2015).  He co-edited, with Mary Kathryn Barbier, Culture, Power, and Security: New Directions in the History of National and International Security (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012). He has published articles and essays on science, technology and national security in the Cold War and the Eisenhower era more generally.  His essay, “In Search of some big, imaginative plan: the Eisenhower Administration and American Strategy in the Middle East after Suez,” in Simon C. Smith, ed., Reassessing Suez 1956 (Ashgate, 2008) provides a preview of his current book-length project on Anglo-American relations in the aftermath of the 1956 Suez/Sinai Crisis. He has presented papers at international conferences in Taiwan, the United Kingdom, Ireland and the Netherlands. Damms is actively involved in efforts to enhance the quality of history instruction in the public schools. He is former editor-in-chief of Mississippi History Now: the Online Journal of the Mississippi Historical Society, directed the Center for Historical Studies in 2003-6, established under the History Department's million-dollar Teaching American History Grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education, and serves on committees for the Mississippi Department of Education and the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning. Damms is a past recipient of the Mississippi Humanities Council’s Humanities Teacher of the Year Award. He has supervised four doctoral dissertations and welcomes the opportunity to supervise graduate theses and dissertations in diplomatic history, political history, and national security affairs broadly defined.

Education

  • Ph.D., Ohio State University, 1993

Academic Career

  • Interim Head of the Division of Arts and Sciences, MSU-Meridian
  • Associate Professor, Mississippi State University
  • 2003-06, Director of the Center for Historical Studies, established under the History Department's million-dollar Teaching American History Grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

Research Interests

  • He is working on a book-length manuscript on Anglo-American relations following the Suez crisis and a political biography, with Martha H. Swain, of Mississippi Congressman Wall Doxey.

Publications

  • Scientists and Statesmen: Eisenhower’s Science Advisers and National Security Policy (Republic of Letters, History of International relations, Diplomacy and Intelligence series, 2015)
  • The Eisenhower Presidency, 1953-1961, (Longman, Seminar Studies in History Series, 2002) 
  • Culture, Power and Security: New Directions in the History of National and International Security, co-edited with Mary Kathryn Barbier (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2012)
  • “Dwight D. Eisenhower,” in Ken Gormley, ed., The Presidents and the Constitution (NYU Press, 2016)
  •  “In Search of ‘some big, imaginative plan’: the Eisenhower Administration and American Strategy in the Middle East after Suez,” in Simon C. Smith, ed., Reassessing Suez 1956 (Ashgate, 2008) 
  • “James Killian, the Technological Capabilities Panel, and the Emergence of President Eisenhower's ‘Scientific-Technological Elite’,” Diplomatic History (2000).  
  • “Containing the Military-Industrial-Congressional Complex: President Eisenhower's Science Advisers and the Case of the Nuclear-Powered Aircraft,” Essays in Economic and Business History (1996)

Courses Taught

  • U.S. Diplomatic History
  • United States and Latin America
  • Modern Latin America
  • U.S. History 1917-1945
  • Historiography and Historical Methods
  • U.S. History since 1945
  • History of Empire, Power, Identity and Conflict (EPIC)

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