CENFAD Logo The Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy (CENFAD) fosters interdisciplinary faculty and student research on the historic and contemporary use of force and diplomacy in a global context. The Center sponsors an ongoing lecture series and occasional workshops and colloquia. Each year, it also gives fellowships, prizes, and conference funding to recognize and support undergraduate and graduate research in military, diplomatic and international history.

The Director of CENFAD Dr. Alan McPherson, reports to the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Temple University. Housed within Temple University’s History Department, CENFAD was founded in 1993 by Drs. Richard Immerman, Russell Weigley, and David Rosenberg.

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

Thomas J. Davis Fellow

Call for Papers

CENFAD Hosting a Workshop for PhD Students of all Disciplines for Spring 2021

The workshop’s purpose is to advance the research projects of PhD students working on dissertations on inter-American relations or Latin American foreign policy, with the related goal of producing an edited book. PhD students from all disciplines of the social sciences and humanities are encouraged to apply.

  • Please read the Call for Applications (pdf.) to learn more about this upcoming opportunity for the fall.

Strategic Visions

Check out the newest edition of Strategic Visions, the biannual newsletter of CENFAD to find out what we have coming up in CENFAD in fall 2020!

CENFAD Lecture Series

Attend a CENFAD lecture to learn more about the study of force and diplomacy from government officials and award-winning scholars.


The Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy offers prizes, fellowships and travel funds to make cutting-edge research possible.