The College of Liberal Arts at Temple University

CENFAD Director and Thomas J. Freaney, Jr. Professor of History
Alan McPherson

Thomas J. Davis Fellow
Eric Perinovic

Faculty Experts
Petra Goedde: Cold War, Globalization, Gender
Peter Gran: Middle East, Political Economy
Rita Krueger: Central European Empires
Richard Immerman: U.S. Foreign Relations, Intelligence

Jay Lockenour: Germany, War and Society
Sophie Quinn-Judge: Vietnam, Southeast Asia
Harvey Neptune: Caribbean, Transnational
Arthur Schmidt, Latin America, Global Economy
Bryant Simon: Globalization, Culture
Benjamin Talton: Modern Africa, Imperialism and Resistance
Gregory Urwin: U.S. Military History


About Us

The Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy (CENFAD), founded in 1993 by Drs. Richard Immerman, Russell Weigley, and David Rosenberg, fosters interdisciplinary faculty and student research on the historic and contemporary use of force and diplomacy in a global context. CENFAD is housed within Temple University’s History Department. Click here for a thorough history of the Center's founding and development, written by Dr. Immerman.

The Director of CENFAD, Dr. Alan McPherson, reports to the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Temple University and to CENFAD’s Board of Advisors. CENFAD sponsors lectures, colloquia, workshops, and conferences on an ongoing basis (listed under News and Events); and various multi-year projects.

Each year, CENFAD gives several prizes to recognize and support undergraduate and graduate research in military, diplomatic, and international history. CENFAD reports its activities twice a year in its newsletter Strategic Visions Magazine.


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Check out the newest edition of Strategic Visions to find out what we got up to at CENFAD in the spring of 2017!

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Fall 2017 Events:

Our Fall Colloquium Series features the following speakers.


September 14:
Stephen Kinzer
"The Greatest Question that Has Ever Been Presented to the American People."

September 28:
Christy Thornton

"Neoliberalism and the Narco-State: The Political Economy of U.S.-Mexican Relations Today."

October 19:
Jeremi Suri

"The Impossible Presidency: Why Presidents Fail to Pursue Effective Foreign Policies"

October 25:
Judith Van Buskirk

"Standing in their Own Light: African-American Patriots in the American Revolution."

November 9:
Jeffrey Engel

"When the World Seemed New: George H. W. Bush and the End of the Cold War.”

November 29:
Meredith Hindley

"Everybody Comes to Casablanca: The Americans, Operation TORCH, and the Battle for North Africa."

December 6:
Lt Col. Keith Benedict
"National Security in the 21st Century"


Click here to read the latest issue of Strategic Visions, the biannual newsletter of CENFAD.

Click here to check out descriptions and videos of past CENFAD events.