David Coleman

Associate Professor (1999)

Program Chair, Presidential Recordings Program, Miller Center of Public Affairs

Office Hours: By appointment

Office: Miller Center

Phone: (434) 924-9575

Email: dgcoleman (at) virginia.edu

Fields & Specialties

Nuclear and defense policy, U.S.-European relations, and Cold War history


PhD, University of Queensland, Australia (2000)

Publications, Awards, and Activities

On the Fourteenth Day: The Cold War’s ‘Great Turning’. Forthcoming with W.W. Norton.

The Presidential Recordings: John F. Kennedy, volume 4 (October 29 – November 20, 1962). Editor (with Timothy Naftali). New York: W.W. Norton. Forthcoming.

The Presidential Recordings: John F. Kennedy, volume 5 (November 21, 1962 – February 15, 1963). Editor (with Marc Selverstone). New York: W.W. Norton. Forthcoming.

Real-World Nuclear Deterrence: The Making of International Strategy. Westport, CT: Praeger Security International, 2006 (with Joseph M. Siracusa).

Australia Looks to America: Australian-American Relations Since Pearl Harbor. Claremont, CA: Regina Press, 2006 (with Joseph M. Siracusa).

The Kennedy Tapes: Inside the White House During the Cuban Missile Crisis, concise edition. Edited by Philip Zelikow and Ernest May. Associate Editor. New York: W.W. Norton, 2002.

Depression to Cold War. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2002 (with Joseph M. Siracusa).

The Presidential Recordings: John F. Kennedy: The Great Crises, Volumes 2 & 3. Edited by Philip Zelikow, Timothy Naftali, and Ernest May. Associate Editor. New York: W.W. Norton, 2001.

The Vietnam Tapes: Escalation (July 5, 1964–July 1965). Editor (with Marc Selverstone). Advance contract with University of Virginia Press Rotunda Digital Imprint. Forthcoming.

“The Final Fight for Berlin,” Diplomatic History, forthcoming.

“The Missiles of November, December, January, February . . . : The Problem of Acceptable Risk in the Cuban Missile Crisis Settlement.” Journal of Cold War Studies 9, 3 (Summer 2007): 5-48.

“Camelot's Nuclear Conscience.” Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (May/June 2006): 40-44.

“The Making of Multilateralist Germany: Implications for U.S.-German Relations.” Nação e Defesa (Nation and Defense) (Portuguese National Defense Institute) 112 (Autumn/Winter 2005).

“Eisenhower and the Berlin Problem, 1953-1954.” Journal of Cold War Studies 2, 1 (Winter 2000): 3-34.

“Scaling the Nuclear Ladder: Deterrence from Truman to Clinton.” Australian Journal of International Affairs 54, 3 (November 2000): 277-96 (with Joseph M. Siracusa).

“The Berlin-Korea Parallel: Berlin and American National Security in Light of the Korean War.” Australasian Journal of American Studies 18, 1 (July 1999): 19-41.

Public History, Reviews, and Multimedia:

“Deterrence” (10,000 word essay). The Encyclopedia of American Foreign Policy: Studies of the Principal Movements and Ideas. second edition, edited by Alexander DeConde, Richard Dean Burns, Fredrik Logevall, & Louise Ketz. New York: Scribner’s, 2001.

“Peace Corps,” “Antiwar Movements,” “Berlin Wall,” “Berlin Airlift,” “Cuban Missile Crisis,” “Hostage Crises,” and “Airplane Hijacking”  (400-1,500 words each). The Dictionary of American History, third edition, edited by Stanley Kutler. New York: Scribner’s, 2002.

“Kennedy, John F.” (1,000 word essay). Americans at War: Society, Culture, and the Homefront, edited by John P. Resch. New York: Macmillan Reference, 2005.

Review of Spies Beneath Berlin by David Stafford (London: John Murray, 2002) in Journal of Cold War Studies 7, 1 (Winter 2005): 200-02.

Review of In the Stream of History: Shaping Foreign Policy for a New Era, by Warren Christopher (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1998) in Australasian Journal of American Studies (2000).

“The Ghost of Tonkin Gulf Still Haunts U.S. Politics,” Ascribe (September 20, 2004) (with Marc Selverstone).

“How Much is Enough?: John F. Kennedy and the Nuclear Dilemma” Miller Center Report (Spring/Summer 2003): 27-31 (with Susan Jean Dunham). 

Creator, Webmaster, and managing Editor, WhiteHouseTapes.org. An academic website designed to facilitate use of and inquiry into the presidential recordings. January 2003—. Selected by the National Endowment for the Humanties (NEH) EDSITEment program as “one of the best online resources for education in the humanities.”

Creator, Designer, and Editor, LBJ Multimedia DVD. Companion multimedia DVD accompanying the publication of The Presidential Recordings: Lyndon B. Johnson, volumes 1-3 (W.W. Norton, 2005).

Creator and Designer of Transcript+Audio Clip Multimedia Software. A multimedia platform for presenting oral/spoken history with both transcript and audio synchronized.

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