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Mary Ann Heiss

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Room 305 Bowman Hall
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I am a specialist in the history of U.S. foreign relations with a particular emphasis on Anglo-American relations. My publications include Fulfilling the Sacred Trust: The UN Campaign for International Colonial Accountability during the Era of Decolonization (Cornell University Press, 2021) and Empire and Nationhood: The United States, Great Britain, and Iranian Oil, 1950-1954 (Columbia University Press, 1997); co-edited volumes on the recent history/future of NATO, U.S. relations with the Third World, and intrabloc conflicts within NATO and the Warsaw Pact; and numerous essays in edited collections and professional journals, including the International History Review, the Journal of Cold War Studies, and Diplomatic History.  My current research projects include a study of Anglo-American visions of empire in the period 1945-1956; and the first extended study of Queen Mary’s Carpet. 


United States, International, Anglo-American, Decolonization, Cold War


  • Fulfilling the Sacred Trust: The United States, Great Britain, and the UN Campaign for International Colonial Accountability during the Early Cold War Era (forthcoming, Cornell University Press, 2020)
  • NATO and the Warsaw Pact: Intrabloc Conflicts, ed. with S. Victor Papacosma, Kent State University Press (April 16, 2008).
  • Empire and Revolution: The United States and the Third World since 1945, ed. with Peter L. Hahn, Ohio State University Press (December 1, 2000).
  • Empire and Nationhood, Columbia University Press (April 15, 1997)
  • NATO in the Post-Cold War Era: Does It Have a Future?, Palgrave Macmillan; 1st ed edition (October 15, 1995)


Actively involved in the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, having served on its Council and on the editorial board of its journal, Diplomatic History., Member of the Harry S. Truman Library Institute’s Committee on Research, Scholarship, and Academic Relations, Editor of the series “New Studies in U.S. Foreign Relations” published by the Kent State University Press