Thomas Field

Title
Professor of Social Sciences
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Department
Behavioral & Social Sciences Dept
College
College of Arts & Sciences

Areas of Expertise

History of the United States in the World, Contemporary Latin America and the Global South, the Cold War
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Thomas C. Field Jr. (PhD, London School of Economics) is author of From Development to Dictatorship: Bolivia and the Alliance for Progress in the Kennedy Era (Cornell University Press, 2014), which received the Thomas McGann Award from the Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies. Field is also the recipient of the Stuart L. Bernath Scholarly Article Prize and the Betty M. Unterberger Dissertation Prize, both from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, and the Robert Cherny Article Prize from the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association.

  • Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy in International History, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • M.A. - Master of Arts in American Foreign Policy, Johns Hopkins University

Peer Reviewed Books

From Development to Dictatorship: Bolivia and the Alliance for Progress in the Kennedy Era. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2014.  Translated into Spanish as Minas, balas y gringos: Bolivia y la Alianza para el Progreso en la Era de Kennedy. La Paz, Bolivia: Centro de Investigación Social - Vicepresidencia del Estado Plurinacional, 2016.


Edited Volumes

Latin America and the Global Cold War edited by Thomas C. Field Jr., Vanni Pettinà and Stella Krepp. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2020.


Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

Union Busting as Development: Transnationalism, Empire, and Kennedy’s Secret Labour Programme for Bolivia. Journal of Latin American Studies, 52/1: 27-51, 2020.

Transnationalism Meets Empire: The AFL-CIO, Development, and the Private Origins of Kennedy’s Latin American Labor Program. Diplomatic History, 42/2: 305-334, 2018.

Ideology as Strategy: Military-led Modernization and the Origins of the Alliance for Progress in Bolivia. Diplomatic History, 36/1: 147-183, 2012.


Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters

The Limits of Nationalism: Bolivia between Washington, Prague, and Havana, 1960-1964. In Latin America and the Global Cold War. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2020.


Encyclopedia Entries

U.S. and the Cold War in Latin America. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Latin American History, edited by William E. Beezley. Oxford University Press, 2019.

Alliance for Progress. Encyclopedia of Diplomacy, edited by Gordon Martel. John Wiley & Sons, 2018.

Walt Whitman Rostow. America in the World, 1776 to the Present, edited by Edward J. Blum. Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2016.


American Historical Association

Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations

Conference on Latin American History

Latin American Studies Association

Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies

Pan-American Institute of Geography and History


2021 Robert W. Cherny Article Award, "Union Busting as Development," Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Assocation

2019, 2018 Class Marshal, Graduate Programs, Embry-Riddle

2015 Outstanding Academic Title, From Development to Dictatorship, American Library Association

2015 Thomas McGann Book Award, From Development to Dictatorship, Rocky Mountain Council on Latin American Studies 

2014  Campus Researcher of the Year, Embry-Riddle

2013  Scouloudi Publication Grant, University of London Institute for Historical Research

2012 Stuart L. Bernath Article Prize, "Ideology as Strategy," Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations

2012, 2009 Moody Grant, Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation

2011 U.S. and the Cold War Postdoctoral Fellowship, Tamiment Library, New York University

2011 Betty M. Unterberger Dissertation Prize, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations

2009 Marshall/Baruch Fellowship, George C. Marshall Foundation

2009 Samuel Flagg Bemis Grant, Society for Historians of Amreican Foreign Relations

2007 Marjorie Kovler Fellowship, John F. Kennedy Library Foundation