W. Taylor Fain, Associate Professor & Graduate Coordinator

Morton Hall 260 | 910.962.3305 | fainwt@uncw.edu

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W. Taylor Fain specializes in the history of the United States’ relations with the wider world and American history in global context. His research interests include the evolution of the Anglo-American relationship, the international history of the Cold War, the United States’ roles in the Indian Ocean and Persian Gulf regions, and the American response to European imperial retrenchment in the post war era. He is the author of American Ascendance and British Retreat in the Persian Gulf Region (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008) and has published articles in Diplomacy & Statecraft and Middle Eastern Studies.

Professor Fain received his Masters of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and his Ph.D. in the history of American foreign relations from the University of Virginia. He is a former U.S. Department of State historian and before coming to UNCW served on the faculty of U.Va.’s Miller Center of Public Affairs where he worked with a team of scholars at the Presidential Recordings Program.

Courses Taught:

HST 500, “Historiography and Methodology”

HST 520, “Graduate Colloquium: The Literature of Twentieth Century American Foreign Relations”

HST 522, “Graduate Seminar: U.S. History as Global History”

HST 495/595, “Seminar: The United States and Britain in Peace and War, 1776-2006”

HST 495/595, “Seminar: An Imperial Republic?: The United States and the Problem of Empire,1776-2005”

HST 446/527, “Seminar: The United States Encounters the Middle East: Strategy, Diplomacy, & Culture”

HST 301, “History of American Foreign Relations since the Progressive Era”

HST 358, “History of the United States since 1945”

HST 377, “The Second World War: A Global History”

HST 377, “The World, 1945-1991: A New International History”

HST 380, “The Cold War: An International History”

HST 106, “History of the United States since 1865”

American Ascendance and British Retreat in the Persian Gulf Region:




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