Michael Cassella-Blackburn received a B.A in History from the University of Oregon, his M.A. in History from the University of Kansas, and his Ph.D. in History from Syracuse University. His specialty is Diplomatic History.
- Ph.D., Syracuse Univeristy
- M.A., University of Kansas
- B.A., University of Oregon
My interests are rather broad. For my M.A. and Ph.D., I was largely concerned with ideological problems, in particular, what Americans and Soviets encountered as they worked through their relationship during the early development of the Soviet Union. I teach Labor Movements one a year and it matches up quite well with my interests in ideologies, such as Liberalism, Socialism, and Anarchism, which were the driving ideological forces behind collectivism. I also taught about/and presented a couple of papers on Native Americans from the Olympic Peninsula as I find their travails and successes so influential in my teaching of Pacific Northwest History and American History as a whole.
Research / Professional Interests:
I am working on Sino-American relations from 1944-1960. My intent is to follow up my earlier research (The Donkey, the Carrot, and the Club: William C. Bullitt and Soviet-American Relations, 1917-1948) in American foreign policy. In my second book, Radical Anti-Communism in American Politics after World War II: William C. Bullitt and the Campaign to Save China, 1945-1950, I looked at how William C. Bullitt, the first American ambassador to the Soviet Union, shifted his focus after World War II east to China and its turn toward Soviet Communism. He became one of the most important advocates for McCarthyism as a member of the China Lobby. For the next work, in process now, I intend to expand on the concept of using fear to change American foreign policy. The work will run from 1945 to 1960.