Josh Cochran

Position: Assistant Professor, Fixed Term
Field: U.S. Foreign Relations; U.S. in the World; Public History
Region: United States

Office: 342 Old Horticulture
Phone: 517-884-4953

I am a historian of U.S. in the World, with an emphasis on the relationship between U.S. foreign relations and domestic political culture. My work focuses on how U.S. expats integrated international expertise into public debates over U.S. national security and international credibility, the effects these perspectives had in shaping domestic attitudes about the U.S.’s postwar empire, and how international events shaped political and popular attitudes about U.S. expatriates during the Cold War. I am currently working on a study that examines the political mobilization of the transatlantic expatriate community between the 1960s and the 1980s.

I teach U.S. Foreign Relations (before and after 1914), History of International Relations, general education courses for the IAH and ISS programs, and courses for the College of Social Science Study Away Program in Washington, D.C.

Prior to MSU, I taught at Wayne State University in Detroit. I was on the staff at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I have worked on various public history projects including at the Clarke Historical Library at Central Michigan University, the University of Iowa Special Collections, and on a digital Presidential Timeline Project spearheaded by the Lyndon B. Johnson Foundation.