Robert J. McMahon

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Dr. Robert McMahon
Nationality United States
Fields International Relations
Institutions University of Florida
Ohio State University
Alma mater University of Connecticut

Robert J. McMahon is an American historian of the foreign relations of the United States and a leading scholar[1] of the Cold War. He currently holds the chair of Ralph D. Mershon Distinguished Professor at Ohio State University.


McMahon received his PhD from the University of Connecticut in 1977. He taught at the University of Florida from 1982 to 2005, when he moved to Ohio State University.[2] He has held visiting positions at the University of Virginia and University College Dublin. McMahon holds a joint appointment with the Mershon Center for International Security Studies at OSU.

McMahon served as 2001 president of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.[3]



  • The Cold War in the Third World. New York, NY: Oxford University Press. 2013. ISBN 978-0-199-76868-4.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> Editor.
  • Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy: A Diplomatic History. Washington, DC: CQ Press. 2012. ISBN 978-1-608-71910-5.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> Co-editor with Thomas W. Zeiler
  • Dean Acheson and the Creation of an American World Order. Dulles, VA: Potomac Books. 2008. ISBN 978-1-574-88927-7.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Major Problems in History of Vietnam War. 4th ed. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin. 2007. ISBN 978-0-618-74937-9.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • The Cold War: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2003. ISBN 978-0-192-80178-4.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> Editor.
  • The Limits of Empire: The United States and Southeast Asia since World War II. New York, NY: Columbia University Press. 1999. ISBN 978-0-231-10880-5.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • The Origins of the Cold War. 4th ed. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin. 1998. ISBN 978-0-395-90430-5.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> Co-author with Thomas G. Paterson.
  • The Cold War on the Periphery: The United States, India, and Pakistan. New York, NY: Columbia University Press. 1994. ISBN 978-0-231-08226-6.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Colonialism and Cold War: The United States and the Struggle for Indonesian Independence, 1945–49. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press. 1981. ISBN 978-0-801-47717-1.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

Articles and chapters


  1. The description is that applied by Cambridge University Press to the contributors to its three-volume history of the Cold War; McMahon 2010 appears in Volume I.
  2. "Robert J. McMahon". Retrieved 30 November 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Past Presidents of SHAFR". Retrieved 24 November 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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